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Carol Devine: Researcher, writer, artist, climate activist and humanitarian professional. From Antarctica's Ice to Scotland's Seas, A Journey of Activism and Adventure.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Carol Devine embodies a diverse array of roles, seamlessly intertwining her work as a researcher, writer, artist, climate activist, humanitarian professional, and explorer. Her pursuits range from spearheading groundbreaking ecological expeditions to championing causes such as combating plastic pollution and empowering women in adventure sports.

She spearheaded the first civilian volunteer ecological expedition in Antarctica, collaborating with the Russian Antarctic Expedition. Additionally, Carol has actively participated in and documented environmental initiatives, such as Clean Up Svalbard, near the North Pole.

Despite limited sailing experience, Carol eagerly embraced the opportunity to learn alongside seasoned sailors and fellow advocates combating plastic pollution. She recently embarked on an all-female expedition with eXXpedition, circumnavigating Scotland to conduct research and raise awareness about the global plastic crisis while championing women's presence in adventure sports.

Carol's dedication to environmental and social causes is further evidenced by her membership in prestigious organizations such as The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group and The Explorer's Club.


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Show notes

  • Who is Carol 

  • Her early years

  • Growing up in Canada 

  • Going to university to study English Literature 

  • Wanting to visit Antarctica, but going with a purpose

  • Being inspired by people around her 

  • Taking the opportunity when it came available

  • Wanting to help clean up Antarctica 

  • The Antarctic Treaty

  • Collaboration and working with others

  • Working with Wendy Trusler

  • Book: Ode To Antarctica - Antarctic cultural history book based on a civilian ecological cleanup expedition 42 recipes, pix, journals. HarperDesign. 

  • Crossing the Drake Passage

  • How the experience changed her 

  • Applying to Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 

  • How art fits into the work 

  • Telling the story of their Antarctica expedition through food and imagery while discussing serious issues

  • Heading to Svalbard, to do a clean up operation 

  • Using art to talk about serious stories 

  • Getting involved with eXXpedition (a non-profit organisation that runs pioneering all-female sailing research expeditions at sea and virtual voyages on land to investigate the causes of and solutions to ocean plastic pollution) 

  • Emily Penn - Tough Girl Podcast (Jul 12, 2016) 

  • Emily Penn - Tough Girl Podcast EXTRA (Jan 9, 2020) 

  • Wanting to learn how to sail 

  • The challenges of sailing and dealing with sea sickness

  • The lessons learned and the takeaways from the experience 

  • Having an international scope but working locally 

  • Presenting their finding to the Scottish Parliament 

  • TEDxMontrealWomen: Ocean Love: Cleaning Up Our Plastic Mess 

  • Advice for people regarding plastic pollution 

  • #OceanOptimism

  • The little things/small actions you can do to make a difference

  • Project: Hello/Goodbye Glaciers 

  • Learning about glaciers in Iceland, Canada, Switzerland, Alaska and Argentina

  • Code Red for Humanity 

  • The impacts of the glaciers receding 

  • Future projects

  • See Change Initiative 

  • How to connect with Carol

  • Final words of advice for other women and girls 

  • Taking the opportunities when they come

  • Making a commitment and seeing it through 

  • Risk, discomfort and challenge 

  • LEAP!!! 


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