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eXXpedition 2019: Azores to Antigua

Hi Everyone!

I am a brand new Community Champion at Sustainable Merton and wanted to say hi. I’m Yanika (that’s me in the top right corner above!), a data scientist. I’ve lived in Wimbledon for over three years and I love the high street, the cafes, the park and more pragmatically, the excellent public transport links we’ve got.

I’ve joined Sustainable Merton because the subject of sustainability has become increasingly important to me. While I think large corporations and the government need to be doing much much more to safeguard our planet from irreversible damage, I also strongly believe in the power of the individual to bring about change. Never underestimate the power of a strong grassroots movement.

In October 2019 I will be going on a very exciting adventure and joining eXXpedition for a 3-week journey across the Atlantic to research plastic and microplastics.

eXXpedition is an all female not-for-profit organisation looking to tackle the ocean plastic epidemic via citizen science and scientific research. Their other mission is to empower girls and women to choose and thrive in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sectors. If you’d like to learn more about the work they are doing, have a look at the links below.

This year they have launched Round The World, their most ambitious project to date. This project will see 300 women join the team in groups of 10 across 30 different legs as part of a two-year sailing journey around the world, as seen in the map below.

Over the coming months, I’ll share details and prep for the trip as I navigate the world of thermal clothing, insurance coverage and more importantly, learning how to use my voice to raise awareness on the plastic epidemic.

If you would like to follow my journey as I prepare for eXXpedition, follow me on Facebook and get in touch!

And if you’d like to support me on this very important research trip, you can do so at

Seriously, any donation would be HUGELY appreciated.


Community Champion

& eXXpedition Crew Member



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