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Emily Penn - Ocean Advocate & Skipper working on solving the #plasticpollution crisis

Emily Penn - Ocean Advocate & Skipper working on solving the #plasticpollution crisis. Co-Founder of  eXXpedition

Emily is an ocean advocate, skipper, international public speaker and advisor on issues relating to our ocean, her goals are around shifting mindsets and making changes for our future society.

Emily is on a mission to inspire and facilitate a community of change makers through her organisation eXXpedition. This will be done by training athletes and celebrities to be impactful advocates on ocean issues.

Emily believes in developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue by working with corporate partners, scientists and government bodies.

During this podcast we talk more about eXXpedition, its formation, plans and goals.


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Emily has previously been on the Tough Girl Podcast (July 12th 2016), where she shared more about her early life and career. You can listen to that episode here.

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Show notes

  • Working on projects to combat plastic pollution

  • Brief overview of her career

  • The idea behind eXXpedition and how it came about

  • Micro plastics in her blood

  • The power of bringing women together

  • Getting blood tests done

  • The changes in plastics over the past 12 years

  • XX - why and how it has evolved

  • Scaling the project up and funding

  • The run up to launch day….

  • 300 women joining the journey

  • Kicking off with a 4 day event in London

  • Solving problems with diversity of solutions

  • Deciding on the women

  • The power of transformative journeys

  • Feelings of overwhelm when dealing with the plastic pollution

  • Why you have to break the problem down.

  • Keeping things in perspective

  • Why every action counts

  • Why there is not one solution

  • Superpowers - what makes us brilliant

  • What’s been going on….. 2016 and 2017

  • Working with Sky

  • Sailing….

  • Going on the first leg of the voyage

  • How the sailing works on the boat

  • Getting the thinking time to think about the problem

  • What is the dream, what is the ambition

  • The 3 overall aims

  • Why the following up is so important

  • Mission Leaders, scientists, & sailors

  • The concept of SHIFT

  • Quick Fire Questions

  • How you can make a change in your life


Instagram - @missemilypenn

Twitter: @emilypenn

eXXpedition - All women's voyages to make the unseen seen, from the #toxics in our bodies to the #plastics in our seas.

eXXpedition is a Community Interest Company and not-for-profit organisation that runs pioneering all-female sailing research expeditions to investigate the causes of and solutions to ocean plastic pollution.

Founded in 2014, they have run expeditions all over the world. Previous scientific research has highlighted the endemic nature of micro plastics within our ocean environments globally.

Their focus now is to advance a better understanding of the plastics issue as a whole and to work with industry to pinpoint solutions and policy at a global level by addressing knowledge-gaps and delivering evidence to inform effective solutions.

Twitter - @eXXpedition

Instagram - @exxpedition_

Facebook - @eXXpeditionCIC

Youtube Channel - eXXpedition


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