David de Rothschild:

Rewriting Our Planet's Story through Eco Adventure

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www.iamecowarrior.com in partnership with youtube.com/user/ThePlastiki British adventurer, ecologist and environmental activist David de Rothschild invented a 60-foot catamaran composed of reclaimed plastic bottles and environmentally friendly materials with a goal to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located in the central North Pacific Ocean. Christened the "Plastiki," in 2010 the sustainable boat completed a five-month journey of more than 8,000 nautical miles across the P...

www.iamecowarrior.com in partnership with youtube.com/user/ThePlastiki British adventurer, ecologist and environmental activist David de Rothschild invented a 60-foot catamaran composed of reclaimed plastic bottles and environmentally friendly materials with a goal to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located in the central North Pacific Ocean. Christened the "Plastiki," in 2010 the sustainable boat completed a five-month journey of more than 8,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney. De Rothschild's Adventure Ecology organization creates exciting travel experiences like the Plastiki voyage to inspire people to live more sustainably and to share their ecoAdventure stories with their local communities. Transcript -- David de Rothschild, Founder, Adventure Ecology My name is David de Rothschild and what I try and do is give nature a voice through storytelling. If you can take somebody on an adventure it's a much deeper resonance with the issues, versus just being flat and telling somebody straight-up, "this is the problem we have." What does IAMECO Warrior mean to you? I think of "Eco Warrior" as people who are committed to action. Nature needs a warrior to protect it, and we need to get into a warrior mentality, because we've got a war on our hands. And, the irony is, it's a war with ourselves. The Plastiki Voyage So for us it was about building a vessel that was constructed of the very material and using the very material that we were documenting and talking about ending up in our ocean. So the 12,500 bottles that we used in our flotation -- they were really there as a symbol of reuse, and really fundamentally showcase that waste is inefficient design. Being on the adventure itself was a way to grab people's attention, bring them out into this incredibly majestic ecosystem which is our oceans, and allow them to see these human fingerprints, these undeniable human fingerprints, these plastic paws that are now littering our planet, this mess that's percolating in the life-layer -- the very layer where all of our oceans' drivers begin -- where they're living is basically a plastic soup. We have to fundamentally stem the flow of plastic getting into our ocean. So our adventures are continually focused on reinforcing this idea of giving nature a voice through storytelling -- physically getting out there, exposing these fragile ecosystems, exposing the impacts that humanity is having though its everyday products, and continuing to hopefully allow people to be curious. That, in turn, allows them to undertake their own adventures, to ask their own questions, to tell their own stories, and to hopefully inspire a smarter way of living, then get to a point where we can remove the word "warrior" and just become more environmentally minded so that it doesn't become something that feels out of the norm but becomes the norm. Join the Movement By simply asking a question of yourself, or of your friends -- those questions start to percolate dreams; and those dreams percolate adventures, and those adventures percolate stories. And stories are who we are -- it's where we belong, it's what we gravitate to, to storytellers. And it gives us our sense of purpose. If we can follow that process of being curious, if we can follow that process of having bigger dreams, bigger adventures, and telling more compelling stories, we can inspire the change that we want to see. It's just about literally taking that first step and not feeling intimidated. Find an area that you're passionate about and just get stuck in and start to support it. Share your eco Adventure www.iamecowarrior.com Directed by Roger Moenks

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