Climate Change

A nation, lost

Situated just west of the International Date Line, Kiribati was among the first nations to enter the new millennium. It is also one of the first countries to be lost to rising sea levels.

Kiribati

At an average height of just 2m above sea level, Kiribati (pronounced “Kiribas”) is a country in the Pacific which spans 33 coral atolls.

Yet all is not as it seems in this idyllic paradise. The President recently bought land in Fiji for the islanders because they are set to lose theirs to the ocean within this century. 

Already schools have been lost as islanders are being forced inland, infringing on each others’ territory. They are the first nation expected to become climate change refugees.

This is happening now, and our own everyday actions are contributing to it. 

Kiribati is a red flag to the rest of the world, it’s time to make a change.

Plastic Pollution

Is plastic linked?

In short, yes plastic is linked, heavily so. 

From CO2 in manufacture to emitting (a shockingly high amount of) greenhouse gasses as it breaks down, plastic is contributing to climate change. And when it’s not contributing, it’s killing the animals who live in our sea and contaminating our food.

Don’t get us wrong, plastic is sometimes necessary – hospital products are a great example. It’s the unnecessary plastic we need to tackle such as hot drinks cups and plastic cutlery. It’s time to make a change.

Make a change

It all sounds a bit, ‘big’, doesn’t it?

We always want to be the bearer of good news and we’re here to tell you, it’s not! Just like a single drop in the ocean, your everyday actions seem small but really do make a difference. By simply being mindful of what you use each day can lead to surprising results.

If you have 5 minutes, learn a bit more about what you can do – education is empowerment.

If you have 15 minutes, sign a pledge to protect our oceans.

If you don’t have any time, please consider donating to our charity – all funds go directly to help those in Kiribati who are suffering from the effects of climate change. You can also help us get to the start line and keep shouting about Kiribati and plastic pollution by sponsoring us, if you’d rather buy us a beer!

Any way you choose to help will make a real impact.

Why protect our oceans?

Our oceans provide half of the oxygen we need to live and absorb some of the man-made carbon dioxide that contributes to climate-warming.

We rely on our oceans to feed billions of people, which has a huge global economic impact, providing income for millions of people across the world.

The humanitarian and wildlife impacts from changing ocean health and climate-warming are huge. The environment is changing faster than wildlife can adapt putting more land and marine species at risk of extinction. 

  

 

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Threats to our oceans

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Climate-warming

Increasing CO2 levels in the oceans is changing the acidity of the water and has reduced the oxygen levels in large areas of the oceans, impacting the marine animals. Rising temperatures are melting arctic ice causing sea levels to rise, providing a direct threat to coastal and island communities. This is also causing the circulation in the Atlantic Ocean to slow which will have climate impacts and reduce the marine species in these areas. This creates knock on effects for fishing and the economy.
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Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution

Single use plastics are polluting the oceans, killing animals and has already entered the food chain. There are significant health impacts from the chemicals released during production and use of plastics, however the long-term human health impacts of plastics is not fully understood.
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Over-fishing

Over-fishing

Fishing at a rate that exceeds natural reproduction has resulted in the severe decline and threat of survival of numerous species of commercial fish. Marine biodiversity is affected causing ecosystem changes and disruption of the food chain. Coastal communities relying on fish for food and income are in turn being affected by over-fishing and unsustainable practices.
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Sponsor us!

Help us to get to the start line and raise  money to help those affected by climate change.

Buy us an expedition meal to power us through, sponsor a mile of our row, or help us with the necessary safety training to complete the challenge. Be part of our journey!

 

Sponsor a mile of our row

£ 25
  • Motivate us through each mile and we will dedicate this section of the journey to you

One day of food

£ 50
  • For one crew member

Sea survival course

£ 120
  • For one crew member