With how much plastic we produce each year, the amount of plastic in the ocean with outweigh fish by 2050.
The problem is massive, and in order to tackle it, an all-female expedition will set out to raise awareness of, and explore solutions to, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics and toxins in the ocean.
The expedition is conducted by an organization called eXXpedition, and it will start in October.
300 women with very diverse backgrounds will visit some of the most polluted waters on the planet and they will cover 38,000 nautical miles.
The first voyage conducted by eXXpedition took place back in 2014, and more than 100 women have been on 11 voyages since then.
They’ve already made a change in the world: microbeads in beauty products are now banned thanks to eXXpedition!
The co-founder of eXXpedition, Emily Penn, told Time that even though plastic is an environmental issue, it’s also a women’s issue.
Some of the chemicals that get into our bodies are quite a female issue because they’re endocrine disruptors, she says, and they mimic our hormones. So, they wanted to take down this problem with a team of women, and they wanted women to study the issue of plastic and toxic pollution.
She adds that women by nature have a nurturing instinct, and are compelled to protect. We all share the ocean, regardless of where we come from, so this is a global issue that transcends all political boundaries and borders.
She believes we need a multicultural and multi-disciplinary approach to solve this problem, and women do very well in mediating and collaborating for something they care about.
Penn adds, though, that she wouldn’t like to exclude men from the cause, and it’s really important that all of us find our role and work together.
You can apply for eXXpedition on their website.