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17:00 - 18:30 6 June 2013

Voyage of the Plastiki


Room 1.03 | Malet Place Engineering (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jo Royle, Skipper of the Plastiki, Common Seas, Jo Royle is co-founder of Common Seas, a community interest company working towards helping fisheries to flourish.

Question: How do you raise awareness of the 73.9 million pounds of plastic floating in our oceans?

Answer: You build a vessel out of 12,500 2-litre plastic bottles, call it Plastiki and sail it 8,000 nautical miles from San Francisco to Sydney.

On 20th March 2010, the Plastiki set off from San Francisco to cross the Pacific Ocean with a crew of six: British skipper Jo Royle, co-skipper David Thompson, expedition diver Olav Heyerdahl, filmmakers Max Jourdan and Vern Moen, and expedition leader David de Rothschild. Its mission was to raise awareness of environmental issues relating to global warming and acidification of the sea, and to draw attention to the millions of people who are being made homeless by rising sea levels caused by climate change and marine pollution.

Jo Royle will be speaking about her experiences of this incredible journey, and the global issues which it highlights.

This lecture forms part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme.


Judith Hillmore / Caroline Garaway
+44 (0)20 7679 4602 / +44 (0)20 7679 8846 | j.hillmore@ucl.ac.uk / c.garaway@ucl.ac.uk