This is the page for the eXXpedition Norway 2015 voyage led by Malin Jacob and Christine Spiten.
CHRISTINE SPITEN – Sustainable engineer, underwater explorer and overwater sailing champ. Christine grew up in Norway – a small country known for its beautiful coastline and fjords. From a young age she was an active dinghy sailor and became Norwegian Champion in 2007. All along she worked as an sail instructor, motivated children to be confident on the sea and curious on the environment. “When you spend five days a’ week practicing sport on the ocean surface, it triggers your curiosity on the world that’s hiding under the waves”. She recently graduated with a master of science specialized in underwater technology and sustainability. “The fact that 70% of the world is underwater and that we’ve only discovered about 5% of the oceans, is extremely intriguing. This is also the background for why I chose to study underwater robots (micro-ROVs). These small “drones” give us the opportunity to see what is down there, sending live video back up to the surface. I will make an effort to reach out to people, to show the environmental impact that our consumption has on marine life, and that the plastics might actually end up in our bodies if not handled the right way. Every year about 6.4 million tons of garbage ends up in the oceans and 60-80% of this is plastic. Plastics are designed to last forever, while we use it to make products such as plastic bags or packaging, designed to be used once. It’s a mismatch between material and design, and it creates plastic problem in the ocean because of its long degradation time. The most efficient way to reduce the amount of ocean plastic is to stop it from ever reaching the oceans, by preventative action. But even if all preventative action is in place, there will still be hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic in the oceans. And we will have to clean up our mess. My wish is to inspire curiosity about and care for the ocean, and thus motivate action. I am excited to get to contribute to the marine debris research together with an amazing crew of female scientists and researchers from all over the world. eXXpedition Ascencion Voyage will be an incredibly exciting adventure that I look forward to share.
MALIN JACOB – From direct action to stop oil drilling in Norway to representing her country in International Climate negotiations, our latest recruit Malin is a girl with a global mission. Great to have you on board! Malin Jacob is a Norwegian environmentalist. Currently she is studying political science at the University of Oslo, Norway, where she is writing her bachelor paper on environmental policy in the Arctic. Besides this she is also a blogger at Grønne Jenter (gronnejenter.no) (“Green Girls”), a blog by ten girls who focus on eco-friendly everyday life, consumer questions, and politics. In 2008, when she was 18 years old, she was awarded “Environmental Hero of the Year” by one of the largest newspapers in Norway (Aftenposten). The jury decided to award her on the background of her participation in stopping Hydro from drilling for oil along the southern coast of Norway. During the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Malin was the Norwegian youth delegate. She has also been a judge in a climate-based TV show on the Norwegian state channel, NRK. After ten years as a desk based environmental activist, Malin found that she had to get out of the office and experience nature. She recently received a sponsorship spanning six months to write about outdoor activities, to raise awareness about nature, ecosystems, and climate change. Check out her web page: www.malinjacob.no. Malin has no sailing experience, and expects to spend quite some time over the gunwale, feeding the crabs. However, she also expects this will be the adventure of her life!
ISELIN KOKSVIK DAHL – Production manager and a crew member at the sailboat ”Sons of hurricanes”. Iselin grew up in Norway in a small place 20 minutes east from Oslo. Since Iselin was a little girl she has been a lot on a sailboat with her family something that sat the basis for her to love being on and near the ocean. Iselin loves sports and have been an active handball player for many years. At the age of 25 she started sailing regatta with the team ”Sons of hurricanes”. There are 9 crew members at the boat and everyone has high ambitions to be among the best. Iselin has two bachelor degrees. One in ”media science” at the Norwegian University of Science in Trondheim and Production management from the University in Lillehammer. She now works for ITV Studios Norway AS, a media company that produces TV-documentaries and studio shows for channels like NRK, TV2 and TVNorway. Being part of the crew on Exxpedition Norway is something I look very forward to and it’s motivating to work to reduce pollution at sea. It is terrible to think that there are hundreds of millions tons of plastic in the ocean and this is something we need to stop. In July we are starting the Exxpedition and I’m looking forward to start this adventure with the fantastic Norwegian crew.
SIV ERIKA JACOBSEN – I grew up in Kragerø, a small town by the southern coast of Norway. Kragerø is a popular destination at summertime with an archipelago of 495 islands, islets and rocks.I started to sail in 2011 and got addicted to it. I bought my first sailboat in 2012. Nowadays I’m sailing with a regatta team in Oslo, using the same boat we will use for the eXXpedition along the coast of norway this summer. I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to sail with such experienced girls, and to learn more about marine littering. And I hope to get the possibility to attend more adventures like this in the future.
INA VIKøREN – A Norwegian outdoor enthusiast. Grew up on the West coast of Norway and has naturally a great connection to the water. Last year she lived in California where she worked with Norwegian start-ups. In addition to learning to surf, Ina witnessed the state’s most severe drought emergency in decades due to below-normal rainfalls. This made her very aware of the conservation of water resources and the fact that this crisis belongs to all of us — not just to a handful of decision-makers. Water is our most important, commonly owned resource, so we cannot remain detached from discussions and decisions. In addition to work and studies, Ina have helped to start up the environmental organization Protect Our Winters in Norway which is an organization for and by the global snow sports community and their fight against anthropogenic global warming to save the white season we all love. This has a natural connection with her enthusiasm for skiing, which is a passion launched back when she learned to ski at an age of 3. As a skier you meet the climate change’s results face to face. During wintertime it’s easy to see the major differences due to the melting glaciers and the tall mountain peaks loosing their white robes. That Ina can potentially end up not being able to ski due to constantly rising temperatures is a luxury problem in her eyes, but still a concrete unit of measurement that something must be done. “It’s time that we who love the great outdoors give something back. Whether you love the ocean or the mountains, or both, we have to protect what we love. We have to clean up our own mess. If a greener lifestyle means whiter mountains and bluer oceans feel compelled to join in. I want to encourage everyone to start caring, travel less to enjoy natureadventures and play much more in your own backyard!