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World Environment Day: 3 women to row 3,000 miles across Atlantic to take action against plastic pollution
They believe that monumental changes can take place through small behavioural tweaks. Like for instance, swapping a plastic straw for a reusable stainless steel one or simply using a cloth bag for shopping instead of plastic.

  When three ordinary working women pledged to challenge the everyday use of single-use disposable plastic, they set themselves up for an extraordinary task. With no prior experience in rowing, this female trio – better known as Status Row – will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic over seven weeks in December this year to raise awareness and take action against plastic pollution in oceans.

Participating in the annual race organised by Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, Jessica Rego (28), Susan Ronaldson (41) and Caroline Wilson (31) are all prepared to race against 30 teams from around the world, where they will row for 50 days, 12 hours a day. From San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, these women will be covering approximately 3,000 nautical miles.

“Our mission isn’t about cleaning up – it is about turning off the tap. Raising awareness that we must stop plastic going into the oceans,” Ronaldson, who is a Director of Engagement and Change at the National Audit Office, told

“Already the oceans are filled with at least 165 million tonnes of plastic and that is increasing by 8 million tonnes a year. If we do nothing there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050,” added Ronaldson.



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