Emily Penn

Founder eXXpedition, Ocean Advocate & Skipper working on solving the #plasticpollution crisis

Ocean advocate and Skipper Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for microplastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.

Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition; a series of all-female voyages whose mission is to collect data and expose the ‘invisible’ microplastic and toxic pollution in our seas; and working on the business and educational side with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.

Prior to this, Emily co-founded Pangaea Explorations, to enable scientists, filmmakers and interested people to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet, via a 72ft sailing expedition vessel.  On one trip, whilst collecting globally-pressing data they discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge accumulations of plastic pollution brought together by currents.

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My Sessions

Keynote Address: Emily Penn, Explorer and Ocean Advocate

  Our oceans cover 71% of earth’s surface and contain 97% of earth’s water. They are the heart and lifeblood of our existence and give us life. It’s a critical time for the fragility of our oceans, with three fundamental threats: pollution, overfishing and climate change. Emily Penn, explorer, ocean advocate and skipper is at […]