Lucy and the New Dawn Traders

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eXXpedition – All women voyage to make the unseen seen!

One of my awesome projects for 2014 is an all women’s voyage to make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics in our seas!

On the 14th of November 2014 a crew of 14 women will set sail across the Atlantic in search of answers relating the health of our environment to the health of our bodies. I am collaborating with ocean advocate Emily Penn and we are looking for a powerful mix of skilled women to join this team – please click this link to apply.

Our aim is to assemble an all female crew on a scientific research mission across the Atlantic creating an inspiring narrative of female leadership, personal and environmental exploration, and cultural conversation space aboard Sea Dragon, a scientific exploration vessel.

Along the eXXpedition voyage we will sample the Atlantic oceans for plastic and pollutants, feeding in these samples to wider studies investigating the impacts of toxics and plastics pollutants linking this sampling to narratives of ecosystem health, personal health and the products we consume.

Our mission is also to explore the issue of chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease, in particular raising awareness of those linked to the rise in breast cancer rates. We are collaborating with UK cancer charity Coppafeel!

Our aim is to engage young women (ages 13-30), in particular, in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, and their long term health impacts on themselves and our environment.

As a crew of 14 women we hope to participate in biomonitoring to assess our personal exposure to known toxic substances. Through our personal exploration of our internal environment we hope to better understand the levels of toxic exposure in women. Through a shared mission to understand this invisible pollution we hope to create a conversation which sheds light on the science of ecotoxicology and inspires positive actions to tackle the root causes.

Why this? Why now?

Unseen disease – Breast cancer rates in young women are on the rise. Women’s specific disease research has a low public profile in the media and there is an imbalance in research funding directed towards gender specific diseases.

Unseen pollution – While there is no scientific consensus, there is an evidence base building that environmental exposure from chemicals is impacting women’s health. We would like to creatively explore this issue and take young women on this journey with us, to better understand the links between health of the environment and of our bodies.

Unseen women – There is also a lack of diversity in gender and role models in both STEM professions and in exploration / sports events. We would like to assemble a crew of inspiring female role models and help address the balance.

- create positive role models for young women

- create awareness for positive health monitoring – Coppafeel actions, biomonitoring (chemicals in the blood, genetic tests like 23andme).

- create narratives of awareness around toxics in environment and chemicals related to human disease, particularly those related to Breast cancer

- inspire the precautionary principle in consumer choice and highlight earth friendly / body friendly products

plastic-ocean-trash

Get over to www.eXXpedition.com to find out more!

Mellow Yellow Morocco

A photo story of my adventures in food, farming, travelling and couchsurfing in Morocco. Living on a shoestring and revelling in the power of the digital world to connect the dots. Exploring Morocco’s unique riches including Argan oils, dried fruits and spices while dreaming of creating a New Dawn Traders North African Office in the historic Port of Essaouira.

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Bacalao & Wine

On Saturday 23rd we hosted a wine tasting and ‘Bacalao’ Salt cod feast aboard SV Tres Hombres in Cascais, Portugal. Muxaget wine are shipping some of their wine all the way around the Atlantic destined for Xisto Wines in Bristol. The crew all got the chance to sample the cargo while loading. We also unloaded our shipment of ‘Clipfish’ (Bacalao) for our local importer Pedro from Skrei Ltd.

In honour of the sail transported salt fish I prepared the traditional Portuguese meal of Bacalao with potatoes, cabbage, boiled eggs and roasted peppers which is traditionally served at Christmas in Portugal.

Apparently according to traditions a Portuguese woman is apparently not ready for marriage until she can make 365 different ‘bacalao’ dishes. I’m 1/365 the way towards being Portuguese marriage material…

Here are a few photos from the day.

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This way forwards and backwards over the stormy seas..

Arrrr. I’m in Cascais, Portugal after an exciting trip through the North sea, English channel and the Bay of Biscay. At one point I thought we’d never leave the channel. Tick tack backwards and forwards skirting the edge of gale force winds. The north sea was a bloody cold washing machine. I had funtimes helming the ship and hauling the sails. Followed by some galley action from France onwards. The crew has become a slick well oiled sailing machine after all the tacking and gybing we mastered on the last leg. Been so great watching how our hotch potch international crew have jelled together in our uber close quarters overcoming the extreme conditions and zero privacy. Now moored on anchor in Cascais bay planning a slow food party on board, unloading stockfish, loading olive oil and muxaget Portuguese wine, and provisioning the ship for the next 2 months. The ship is magical in so many ways… I hope we can make this possible for so many more to do voyages like this because basically you haven’t lived until you’ve sailed a tall ship. Blog and photos to follow once the long list of chores are done. IMG_0322

Sailing Tres Hombres – A Photo Story

Despite the rain, storms, and gale force winds we never stop smiling. If you love rainbows you learn to dance in the rain.

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A smooth sea never made a good sailor!

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