David de Rothschild sounds like a stupendous badass. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. But spat out that spoon and headed out on some risky and noble adventures. He founded Adventure Ecology a few years back, an org that exists simply to stage massive adventures to some of the most ecologically endangered place in the world.
National Geographic Adventure has a good article on the lead up to his next expedition, sailing across the pacific in a rudderless catamaran made of recycled plastic bottles. Sweet.
Sweeter yet though, is that the whole thing is being done to highlight the damage we are doing to the world. He’ll sail through the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch – where ocean currents have trapped several million kilos of floating trash covering an area about twice the size of Texas. This help explains why his boat is made of plastic bottles – to highlight the fact that we can either recycle or junk, or use it to kill massive areas of our planet.
So good on ya David. I look forward to following your adventure.
Map: From National Geographic’s Emily Cooper, who puts my route mapping skills to shame.