By David de Rothschild
Explorer, international eco-friendly chief, and eco-TV host David de Rothschild recounts the intense trip of the Plastiki, an cutting edge and normally untested sixty-foot catamaran that floats on 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles. It used to be a voyage that took de Rothschild and a five-person group 10,000 miles from the U.S. to Australia, crusing via not often traveled, harmful waters, risking their lives to name recognition to our fragile oceans. Their exploration integrated pressing examine of ocean pollutants, island international locations threatened through emerging seas, broken coral reefs, and the acidifying ocean itselfand their discoveries are a choice to motion. filled with intriguing narrative, photographs, maps, magazine entries, plans, and sketches, this is often the one firsthand account of what could be the most vital experience of our time.
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