Lucy

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Scientist, Sailor, Explorer, Chef, Artist. "scientia ducti, eligimus venustam, veritam et abundantiam" Dr Lucy Gilliam is an Environmental Scientist with a BSc (1st), in Biological Sciences and a Phd in Microbial Ecology & Soil Science. Lucy worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the UK Civil Service to work as science advisor for Defra. Her portfolio of work at Defra consisted of advising on ecotoxicology including endocrine disruptors, nanotechnology, heavy metals, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable food production. Lucy is an experienced speaker having presented at conferences, universities and governance institutions around the world. She consults globally on wide range of environmental and food related topics. Lucy is a Founder and Director of New Dawn Traders, a partnership of Artists, Scientists, and Chefs re-imagining global trade by sail power. Lucy has sailed all her life and represented Exeter University in British University Sailing Association Championships as well as leading the University Club as Commodore in her final year of studies. She is an experienced Yacht racer and has crossed the Atlantic twice. Lucy is passionate about sailing & the sea, biodiversity & nature, activism & storytelling for a greener cleaner planet. She is a Navigatrix of information, networks, environments. Lucy's current projects are eXXpedition, New Dawn Traders, Slow Fish and Fairtransport Shipping.

Whales, straws and plastic bags

Do you remember that plastic bag you saw dancing in the wind? Well, we just found it. Or, at least, part of a bag that looks just like it. We’re in St Lucia – that dreamy Caribbean island you’ll recognise from brochures selling the perfect white sand beach and crystal clear water. But, the thing […]

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Visit to Sustainable Barbados’ Recycling Center

On day 5 of #exxpeditioncaribbean2016, we were greeted by Suzanne and Greg at Sustainable Barbados’ Recycling Center to be guided on a tour of their facilities. The SBRC is a private company mandated by the government of Barbados to manage four categories of recyclables: Organic materials – coconut shells, shipping pallets, untreated wood products, leaves, […]

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An arms length away

”Oops, I just accidently bumped into your butt there!” Whitney and Caroline are standing on deck, arranging their stuff in the backpacks while trying not to fall overboard.  We are twelve women on a 72 foot boat, and bumping into one another is unavoidable. I constantly have an eXXpedition girl within reach when I stretch […]

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There is no magical place called away

After several days at sea, the crew of the Seadragon disembarked in Bridgetown, Barbados. Our sail from Trinidad was rough, and we were excited to stand on solid ground and to meet fellow environmentalists in Barbados. We had arranged two days of meetings with schools, universities, and Bajan environmental organizations to share concerns about marine […]

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Day 5 – Outreach in Barbados

As a kid, I was always happiest when I was playing outside in the dirt, the grass or the water. Nature was an escape, a place where I could go to read unbothered, but it was also a way of facilitating connection with playmates who, like me, also enjoyed driving their mothers crazy by coming […]

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From I to We as we sail the Caribbean Sea

Over the last 2 years there has been a new river running through my veins. It started like a trickling stream, grew from a canoe-able river to a white-water-rapid, and now it has unleashed itself into a sea. It has consumed me, it is my source of life and freedom, it is my existence in […]

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Sea Dragon and crew about to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados!

Sea Dragon and her eXXpedition Caribbean 2016 Crew are about to arrive in‪ Barbados‬! Ready for beach cleans, school talks and outreach to make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics and plastics in our seas! Don’t forget you can keep to date with their antics in real time by following […]

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Day 2 – Departure from Trinidad, Barbados here we come!

The eXXpedition crew finally moved aboard Sea Dragon and prepared for departure for Barbados. First up was orientation and safety from Skipper Shanley! Check out the pictures below for an idea of what life aboard Sea Dragon is like. Later in the day Sea Dragon and her crew of changemakers hoisted their sails and set […]

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eXXpedition Caribbean launches in Trinidad

You know the saying “out of sight out of mind”? Today’s revelation for me was that trash is the other way around. Let me elaborate: today we did a beach clean here in hot, sunny Chaguaramas, Trinidad. When we got started it didn’t seem so bad, but once we got going I realized it was […]

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