After KARMA, last home for our project, set sail to her own adventure, we got happily stuck in the magical island of Lanzarote for more than three weeks until TRIM, our new floating home, arrived. Without looking for it, we organically found amazing plastic-pollution related individuals, campaigns, organisations, radio programs (we got interviewed!) and big amounts of consciousness around the subject!
On this chapter, we get interviewed on Radio Tias by Raquel Herrero. Her program “Magnolia” brings an ecological and environmental approach to radio broadcasting around the island, raising awareness and bringing weekly updates to their listeners. For the full interview, follow this link: http://sailingvsplastic.org/index.php/2017/10/19/interview-at-radio-tias-lanzarote-at-magnolia-with-raquel-herrero/
Also, we spent a beautiful afternoon with artist/activist Álvaro Guzman (https://www.instagram.com/alvardelmar/) in La Santa, a small fisherman village in the west side of Lanzarote. Álvaro, born and raised in mainland spain, felt the attraction to Lanzarote straight away, and since some years he is able to grow his personality and creativity in such inspiring environment. He is one of the referent microplastic artists of the archipielago and through his video-campaign, OCEANO PLASTICO, shows his thoughts and insides: https://vimeo.com/221080893. Check out the whole interview that Sailing vs Plastic had with Álvaro here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaO1nBP1vFE
Juanka from MJC Ambiental brings us to Famara, the most beautiful beach in Lanzarote, to talk about his involment with Aguita con el Plástico and help us out with our microplastic studies. Find more about MJC ambiental here: https://www.facebook.com/mjc.ambiental/
We visited the “Cabildo de Lanzarote” (Lanzarote Council) to get to know “Aguita con el plastico”, a council run department which works very hard to bring plastic awareness and consciousness at the highest levels they can achieve. They are pioneers on organising the first Microplastic Congress around the world in 2016 with more than 200 scientifics and individuals gathered, and have amazing campaigns all year round. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/Aguitaconelplastico/
“CleanerOceanUpcyclingProductions” are a ‘more profit’ association campaigning about plastic pollution through beach cleanups, video campaigns and awareness-related activities. Their cover of ‘blowing in the wind’ can be head on this chapter! Find out more on: https://www.c-o-u-p.org/english/
Now we’re joining TRIM, our new home, to cruise around Canaries, pick up our full crew, stock up on food for the next 6 months, and get ready for our first crossing, probably to Gambia! Stay tuned!