Promoting the end of single-use plastic
They began living free of single-use plastic in 2016 and are continuing to do so while on their travels.
The expeditioners have given talks at schools and are being tracked on their travels by schools in Australia and Canada. Along the way they are taking part in clean-ups and giving presentations on living without single-use plastic.
They are also raising money for Tangaroa Blue and Living Oceans, as well as asking supporters to make their own plastic-free pledges.
“Some people have pledged to give up straws and bottled water, to shop more at bulk stores, to use waxed wraps instead of plastic, to take their own containers to takeaway stores – we hope that if they keep up those new habits for the three months we’re paddling, they will be able to stick with them forever,” Mathilde says.
Now just past halfway on their journey, Lucy and Mathilde have raised more than $15,000 which will be shared between Tangaroa Blue and Living Oceans. Their goal is to raise $20,000 by the time they reach the southern tip of Vancouver Island in early August.
“People say we’re crazy or brave, but I wish it was more normal for people to do what we’re doing,” Lucy told The Northern View in Prince Rupert, British Colombia.
“We love the Great Barrier Reef like it’s a part of us. We’re passionate about protecting its future. We want to make a difference and so we’re doing it.”
JCU graduate Lucy Graham
Tropical Australian waters are a great deal warmer than Alaska’s, but they’re not without hazards including sharks, crocodiles and killer jellyfish.
“Before we set off we spent a lot of time learning about the local waters and, of course, bears,” Lucy says. “We’ve been learning about the different conditions here, but it’s worth remembering that our oceans are interconnected, which means that all of the world's oceans face similar threats.”
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