David de Rothschild
David de Rothschild, leader of the Plastiki Expedition, reveals his motivation for the making the 7,500 nautical mile journey from San Francisco to Sydney on a unique 18.3 mertre catamaran made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic soft drink bottles.
Adventure Ecology founder and environmentalist David de Rothschild conceived the idea of the Plastiki after reading a report Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which indicated that the world’s oceans were in serious threat from pollution, in particular plastic waste. He invited a team of experts to help answer the question: “Could a fully recyclable performing vessel be engineered almost entirely out of reclaimed plastic bottles, cross the Pacific whilst demonstrating real-world solutions?”
The Plastiki is part-inspired by the famous 1947 Kon-Tiki voyage – the expedition, led by Thor Heyerdahl, that sought to prove that Polynesian settlement by South American explorers was possible. A multi-disciplinary team from the fields of marine science, sustainable design, boat building, architecture and material science have taken the Kon-Tiki inspiration one step further and designed a boat that fits all the principles of 'cradle-to-cradle’ design, and biomimicry, a method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies.
||6:30pm-7:30pm, Thursday, 29 July 2010
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