Adventure, Action, Awareness
Kayaking 1200km down the Mexican Baja Peninsular we will raise awareness of plastics in our oceans. As filmmakers and conservationists we will produce a documentary to highlight the impact of plastics in the richest body of water on our planet. Working in partnership with the ocean clean up project we will continue the plastic problem message through research and film.
Polluting our oceans, causing devastating environmental chaos in important marine eco systems, plastic pollution is detrimental to our natural world. Soon the impact could be irreversible, this issue needs to be addressed in a dramatic fashion to change human habits. We are going to impact this on our Through the Blue Mission.
1200km / 60 Days - San Felipe to La Paz
Baja is 1200km of desert, water is at premium, rattle snakes and scorpions make the sands their home and the relentless heat from the sun makes preparation vital for this two month long mission. The ocean is home to several species of shark and whale, and the unpredictable wind, can quickly turn the ocean ferocious. Loading our kayaks with enough food and water to survive this two month long and dangerous trip, we intend to inspire change and bring awareness to the plight of our oceans. This 1200km long journey will start in the North of Baja in San Felipe close to the American border and will finish two months later in the port town of La Paz.
The Baja is one of the least sparsely populated coastlines in the world , the rugged and harsh environment will require intense and careful planning, water sources, food rationing and safe harbours will take extreme considerations to make sure the challenge is achieved.
About the project
‘‘ Whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez off Mexico's Baja Peninsula ingest about 200 pieces of plastic per day ’’
The Sea of Cortez is, biologically speaking, the richest body of water on our planet with more than 900 fish species, 2,000 species of marine invertebrates and several species of cetaceans. It is important to globally highlight that this issue is occurring on every corner of our planet, even in the most remote and abundant.
We are working with conservation organisations such as ocean clean up to ensure that our trip will have a low environmental impact. This is why we are using kayaks to access the marine environment, getting close to wild life without causing stress and anxiety. Using kayaks will gives us greater access to the world we want to document. Leaving only ripples!
The plastic problem
‘‘ The ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish ’’
World Economic Forum, 2016
There are more than five trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans with 400 million tonnes being produced every year, 40% of that is single use. All animals can be hurt by plastic but marine animals are being hurt the most, one in three sea turtles and 90% of sea birds have eaten it. They can’t digest plastic so their stomachs become full, meaning that they don’t have room for food.
Each year, 100,000 animals in the sea are killed by plastic. This is not only disastrous for marine wildlife but as the plastic breaks down and becomes carcinogenic it enters our food chain, effecting the health of our species.
“Given their pervasive and persistent nature microplastics have become a global concern” -Rachel Hurley, Manchester university
The biggest threat to our oceans is almost invisible. As the plastic deposited into our oceans begin to break down into smaller and smaller particles they become micro plastics, along side manufactured micro beads, tiny plastic particles used in cosmetics and hygiene products, this unseen threat is consumed by marine wildlife and in turn consumed by us. The impact this is having on our health is undocumented but there are concerns that micro plastics can accumulate toxic chemicals and become part of our food chain.
Plastic needs to be stopped from entering our oceans, it has to be stopped at source. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
How to help
The main aim for this mission is to inspire change and we will do this by reaching out to communities, schools, colleges, universities and business’s, where ever our message can be told we will tell it. In part with showing the film that we will produce, we will talk about our experience on this journey and help inform people how they can reduce their impact on the oceans. Education and awareness underpin our objectives and we want to reach out to you so we can all help in solving this problem. We would be thrilled to take our message to you, please contact us so we can help solve this problem together.
Carl Rowlinson donates as much time as possible working for charities abroad such as ‘a drop in the ocean’ and has promoted positive change in many countries across the globe. A passionate filmmaker Carl has always had a passion for adventure documentary films with a keen interest in conservation. Happiest in the sea whether he is on a surfboard, in a kayak or free diving. Often found scouring the Cornish coastline for plastic with his Labrador, willow, Carl is either found on the shoreline or in the water.
Born on Seil Island on the west coast of Scotland, the ocean, kayaking and adventure has always been part of Kitty’s life. working as a marine guide on Seil, Kitty’s passion has always been protecting the rich and varied ocean wild life that surrounded her island. Since leaving the island, Kitty has trained as a nurse and moved from one ocean life to another, living in Cornwall, kayaking, surfing, and free diving keeps her close to her natural environment.
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