- By: Chantal Nativel
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/chantal-nativel
Hello, this is Chantal Nativel living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I am raising funds to take part in eXXpedition Round The World 2019-2021 Leg 3!
I’m one of 300 diverse women, selected from around the globe, to get up-close and shiveringly personal, with the brevity of plastic pollution in the ocean. eXXpedition has been doing wonderful scientific research on their all-women voyages since 2014, and I’m honoured and excited to join them for a short part of this important mission.
Each of eXXpedition’s voyages aims to create awareness, and solutions to the devastating situation we’re facing. Their focus on ocean toxins and plastic, ties in with my creative research Masters investigating living, dying and grief in the shadow of the 6th extinction.
Like many, I've seen the devastating toxic effect of plastic in our life-giving rivers, and on our precious wildlife, and know how urgently solutions are needed. The "house isn't only burning", it's also drowning in plastics, choking marine life and yes, ending up in humans too.
My leg of the voyage - Antigua to Antigua - from 23- 26 November, is one of the shortest of this mammoth 2-year voyage because truth be told, I’m terrified of the sea. So they thought they’d give me a toe-dip and not a full dunk in the ocean.
To step boldly onto the 70-foot yacht, I need to gather a wack more funds still. As a guest crew member, I am responsible for contributing to the full amount of my participation. The fee is £2000, and the airfare a further £1090 (That's around R20 000). I am so deeply grateful to family and friends from around the world who have already made contributions to this journey. Please know that I represent all of you. We’re all in this together. No planet B and all that! We need to rise collectively with radical action.
Your generous contributing to my journey means you are endorsing and propagating the noble aims of the Round the World voyage to create a global community, who through lived experience tell first-hand stories to change perceptions, backed by science.
More explicitly that means the voyage is on
- a fact finding mission to see what plastics are ending up in the ocean, so as to find solutions regarding this
- to tell the story of microplastics - all the unseen bits and their effects
- to build global communities
A proper click-through of eXXpedition’s website will do them better justice than anything I can say here. http://exxpedition.com/
Images of yacht compliments of eXXpedition.
Portrait thanks to Suzy Bernstein & makeup Tessa Jubber.
The weird 60sec video - the first I've made in over 30-yrs - was submitted as part of the application using material I shot and editing hoping I could use it for the research proposal :)
Thanks to all who have contributed
- Jun 25, 2019 - USD $ 104.40
- "Enjoy the trip!" - Liane and Frank
- Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 33.62
- "Enjoy it all. " - Penny
- Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 13.45
- "Good luck with beating your fear of the sea!" - Panthera
- Jun 06, 2019 - R 500.00
- "Good luck!????" - Hannah
- Jun 05, 2019 - R 3 000.00
- "Go for it, Nats!" - Brad Erasmus
- Jun 05, 2019 - R 100.00
- "For the waking of the sleepy we must make a noise." - Dao Wiz
- Jun 05, 2019 - R 200.00
- "." - Quentin