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 worlds 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. After a successful first voyage, Lucy and Emily are launching new eXXpedition’s and collaborating with a range of partners to build awareness and need for action on eliminating toxics found in our shared environment.



Watch Emily’s TedXUbud Talk!

Emily shares her personal journey to becoming an ocean advocate and route to co-founding eXXpedition

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