I was recently selected to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and new educational experience pertaining to the environment, aboard the Sea Dragon.
The Sea Dragon is a sleek 72-foot steel hull boat sailing around the world to study the five gyres of garbage and the effects they have on our ecosystems. I will be joining an elite crew of scientists, writers and filmmakers to study the South Atlantic Gyre and the effects of plastic in our oceans.
We departed for Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday for a 28-day crossing and land in Cape Town, South Africa, on Dec. 7 (if all goes smoothly). Predicted by ocean models but never verified, this trip will take an important first look into this part of the world's oceans and the devastating effect that the plastic pollution is creating. It's going to be a journey of a lifetime, to say the least.