This project is part of a greater effort for awareness and clean up of mismanaged plastic waste across the globe:
-The Mekong is the 10th most plastic contributing river in the world
-Little documentation of the problem in Laos but plenty of evidence from reports in Cambodia and Vietnam on the issue
-I want to document the issue around and either side of "4000 Islands" (coincidentally containing some of the best white water in the world)
-Link up with Plastic Free Cambodia (who I am an ambassador to) in their efforts of educational awareness and clean up along the Mekong and its dependent communities
-Any support, local links and funding towards this effort will be extremely invaluable in the effort to bring about awareness
I have been lucky enough to spend most of my free time kayaking in stunning locations across the world, that would be otherwise inaccessible. Up till now, these locations have been mostly plastic free. However more and more, the plastic pandemic is encroaching into wildernesses. Linked below is an article that I wrote in conjuncture with The Paddler Magazine,
outlining this issue on the 10th most plastic contributory river in the world, and my plans for documenting the problem in an alternative way: Tackling the plastic waste problem on the Mekong
I am aiming to raise money for the early part of 2019. The money raised will go towards the awareness and clean up operation along the Mekong during and after the expedition. Donations will fund the ability to make a larger impact by contributing towards publicity, travel, translators and schemes in local communities
to raise awareness and help divert plastic waste to sustainable projects. This should not cost very much due to some work that has been sorted during the trip which will pay for the rest. Once the trip has concluded, the remainder (which will be the majority) will be passed onto Plastic Free Cambodia
and Surfers Against Sewage,
for their efforts in the clean up effort in Southeast Asia and the UK respectively.
I invite you to join me on my trip, either physically (it does not matter about your kayaking experience as this is only a small part of the overall picture) or by following me on Facebook, Instagram and the articles I shall be writing
and be featured in that will be posted across social media. I welcome any sort of support and encourage you to message me on the mentioned platforms for more information.
I will be setting incremental goals that will result in rewards and updates, based on how this page does, both in outreach and amount raised. Keep an eye on this space to keep up to date on the progress of the project.Together, we can help turn the tide in the plastic pandemic!