Our Chief Elf, Aarathi Arumugam was recently interviewed on Malaysian radio – Lite Malaysia and BFM to talk about her latest adventure on the high seas.
For about 9 days in October 2019, travelling over 1200 nautical miles from Plymouth, United Kingdom, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the Azores, Portugal, Aarathi will join none other women, an all-female crew onboard eXXpedition on its maiden leg of a 30-leg mission, over two-years sailing across the globe. While on board the team will be experiencing first-hand the overwhelming and damaging impact of plastic waste in our oceans and its communities. They will be engaging in citizen science experiments, with the aim to contribute towards cutting edge research and solutions urgently needed to inform upstream solutions and close the loop on plastic waste on land. By participating on this platform, Aarathi hopes to use her voice and communities to inform and educate so as to create an inspiring group of change makers that better understand the real problem of micro-plastics and use that to shape actions and solutions aimed at reducing the harmful impact to ocean and marine life.
‘Given the climate changes we have witnessed in these short 10 years, we no longer have the choice BUT to be interested in how we treat our waste, particularly in the way we dispose of plastics and other seemingly harmless materials that actually create toxic waste in our oceans and lands. As a member of our communities we all have to be bothered about how we can BE that change.
‘We don’t have to be a conservationist or a scientist to be involved in something like this – I am not a personality or anyone famous and I don’t have to be. I believe an opportunity like this offers regular citizens around the world, to contribute toward a legacy that benefits all’
Listen to her story here!
Aarathi is raising funds for this endeavour and if you would like to participate, go to her page here http://give.asia/exxpeditionaarathi. you can also learn more about the expedition team and their other voyages at www.exxpedition.com