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Episode 06: Plastic Patrol with Lizzie Carr

By The Outdoor Journal LLC

Lizzie Carr is a British Eco-activist and paddleboard adventurer who has inspired a global community of citizen scientists to map plastic pollution in her crisis-fighting app. (Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal).In 2016, Lizzie Carr set out to traverse the entire length of England’s waterways on a solo and unsupported paddleboard expedition, a world record. Lizzie loaded all of her food and camping gear onto the front of her board, paddled 10 hours per day and slept in her tent alongside the waterway each night. Throughout the 400-mile journey, which took more than three weeks to complete, Lizzie logged 2000 pieces of plastic on an interactive map, which she later developed into the Plastic Patrol app. Plastic Patrol has evolved organically into a global movement, as more than 200,000 pieces of plastic waste around the planet.In her next world record challenge, Lizzie became the first female in history to paddleboard across the English Channel, a 24-mile journey through choppy waters and dangerous shipping lanes. Then, in 2018, completing a third world record in as many years, Lizzie paddle boarded the entire length of the Hudson River over eight days to raise awareness for the global plastic crisis and to share a way for everyone to get involved.Lizzie’s passion for the environment began unexpectedly with a cancer diagnosis when she was 25 years old. Using Cancer as a catalyst, Lizzie realized that by inspiring her community to take action, she could become a catalyst for change in corporate practices and public policy by creating an evidence base of waste patterns and unresponsible brands that aren’t taking ownership of their waste. All you have to do to influence corporate reliance on single-use plastics is to “See it, Snap it, and Map it.” Plastic Patrol

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