Ocean advocate and Skipper Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.
Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition; a series of all female voyages whose mission is to collect data and expose the ‘invisible’ micro plastic and toxic pollution in our seas; and working on the business and educational side with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.
Prior to this, Emily co-founded Pangaea Explorations, to enable scientists, filmmakers and interested people to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet, via a 72ft sailing expedition vessel. On one trip, whilst collecting globally-pressing data they discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge accumulations of plastic pollution brought together by currents.
At the heart of Emily’s work is a mission to inspire and facilitate a community of change makers. She runs workshops and programs that encourage us to rethink everything we do from the social and environmental challenges we face, to happiness, efficiency, values, mass-consumption and more. Emily has followed her passion in life, not a pre-set career path, and as such she is an inspiration to all who desire the same for their lives.
An experienced public speaker, Emily has spoken around the world at TEDx conferences, universities and global companies, sharing both her adventures and an understanding of the issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.
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