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MEET: Ocean advocate Emily Penn

Emily Penn

Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist with an incredible passion for the ‘invisible’ damage our plastic addiction is causing to our oceans and our bodies.

She has organized the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage and rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace.  She splits her time between leading expeditions and running Pangaea Explorations, the organization she established to enable scientists, filmmakers and everyday people gain access to the most remote parts of our planet; collecting data on global issues and along the way have discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation.

Recently she spoke at TEDxUbud on the body burden of our plastic problem- an incredible story of the toxins we carry in our bodies as a direct result of microplastics in the sea and our environment.