eXXpedition is the brain child of Lucy Gilliam and Emily Penn. The idea was first seeded for an all women voyage researching plastics and toxics in 2011 when they met at a lecture on the 5 gyres of plastic contaminating the world’s ocean. Two years later, Emily cleared a space in the schedule of Sea Dragon, Pangaea Exploration’s 72 foot steel hulled sailing research vessel, for an all girls voyage and Lucy and Emily got to work with plans to launch 14 women across the Atlantic to explore the toxics in our bodies and the toxics in our seas. In January 2014, a call was launched inviting women to apply for the mission scheduled for November 2014. An incredible mix of multi talented women applied. Since the successful first voyage, Lucy and Emily have launched new eXXpeditions, and collaborate with a range of partners to build awareness and action on eliminating toxics in our shared environment.
LUCY GILLIAM – Lucy is a professional changemaker with a Degree in Biology and Phd in Molecular Microbiology. Her career has spanned academia, government, grassroots activism and supranational policy making. Lucy has a life-long passion for tackling climate change and toxic pollution. Currently, she works for Brussels based NGO, Transport & Environment, tackling climate impacts and pollution from shipping and aviation. She has sailed on three eXXpedition voyages and continues to support the project as a technical advisor and ambassador for the cause.
EMILY PENN – Emily is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist who has extensive exploration experience in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. She is a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in Sustainable Architecture, and the first and youngest woman to be awarded the international Yachtmaster of the Year. Emily rounded the planet on the biofuelled Earthrace boat; spent 6 months living on a tiny Tongan island organising the largest ever community led rubbish clean-up; and discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation. An experienced public speaker, Emily has spoken around the world at conferences, universities and global companies about her adventures and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society. You can find more information on Emily’s projects at http://www.emilypenn.co.uk