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Plastic Pirates: A Voyage of Exploration Around The UK with City To Sea

On Day One of the Blue Earth Summit environmental organisation City To Sea will be telling the story of an epic adventure they undertook earlier this year – a 13 week voyage circumnavigating the UK to get a better understanding of the scale of plastic pollution in UK waters.

City To Sea work with communities, business and everyday activists allover the world to provide practical solutions to the plastic problem, campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source.

Image credits: Rohan Holt

Setting sail from Folkstone in May, the team travelled West to the Scilly Isles, all the way North to the Outer Hebrides before sailing around the very tip of the UK, back down the East coast into London.

In total the voyage covered over 3,000 miles, taking on 47 beach surveys along the way, with the aim of hitting some of the UK’s most remote islands and busiest ports in order to better understand the sources, distribution and abundances of plastic in UK waters.

Image credits: Rohan Holt

Since hitting dry land the City To Sea team have been crunching the data and will be sharing some of the learnings from the Plastic Research Voyage for the very first time at the Blue Earth Summit. Jo Morley, Head of Campaigns at City To Sea will be joined by Research Lead Stephanie Lavelle, Project Director at Sea Sanctuaries Trust, to tell the story of “Plastic Pirates: A Voyage of Exploration Around The UK” on the Main Keynote Stage at 14:05 on Day 1.


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