Arabian Ocean Rowing Team partners with UNEP for Clean Seas initiative

The Arabian Ocean Rowing Team will promote ocean health through its rowing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sustainable Initiatives
June 24 2022
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The UAE-based Arabian Ocean Rowing Team partners with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for its Clean Seas campaign, which works with individuals and businesses to transform habits, practices, and standards around the globe to dramatically reduce marine litter and its negative impacts.  

The Arabian Ocean Rowing Team will raise awareness about environmental sustainability, reducing marine litter, and protecting the oceans through its rowing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.  According to the statement, the team of three, James Raley, Rai Tamagnini and Toby Gregory, will be totally self-sufficient for the duration of their expedition, relying entirely on desalinated seawater to hydrate, solar energy to power batteries and electronics and eating freeze-dried food, all while confined to a rowing boat which is only 8 metres long.  

Through initiatives such as the Team’s #BePartOfIt campaign and by visiting schools and business across the UAE,the Arabian Ocean Rowing Team raises awareness about ocean health and the need to build humanity’s relationship with the ocean, the statement said. The team highlights the issues of plastic pollution and advises on ways individuals can change their personal behaviour, inspire their own communities, and create a better future for the planet.  

The team will also be undertaking science experiments, designed by the students, on their crossing, so the students can understand first-hand how plastic pollution has impacted the ocean.  

Toby Gregory, Arabian Ocean Rowing Team Founder and Project Director, explained: “It is a great honour and a privilege for the Arabian Ocean Rowing Team to be working alongside amazing and talented individuals within the Clean Seas initiative and campaign. The ocean and coastal ecosystems sit at the nexus of the triple planetary crisis, the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the pollution and waste crisis. The Clean Seas campaign has led the way in the global effort against marine litter and plastic pollution. Marine pollution is a complex problem and there is no simple solution; every one of us has a part to play. Through this physically demanding adventure, the Arabian Ocean Rowing Team’s crew aims to highlight that the ocean’s resistance and resilience is not infinite, and that the ocean cannot continue absorbing the effects of unsustainable human activities.”.