Row Aurora's Mission
Row Aurora's mission is to raise awareness about the problem of plastics polluting the world’s oceans and to encourage others to reduce and recycle their single use plastics.
Dawn will be doing this by taking on the massive task of rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. If this was not a big enough challenge she will be doing it solo and unsupported, joining just 6 other women who have ever done this.
Why support this campaign?
There is currently more than 8 million tonnes of plastics that have been discarded into our oceans. This plastic takes centuries to degrade so the more plastic we discard the worse the problem is going to get. A plastic water bottle can take 450 years to break down however some research suggests that plastic submerged in deep or cold water may never completely disappear. This could mean that by 2050, the plastic in the world's oceans will weigh more than all the fish, according to The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
This problem affects every person and living creature on the planet as the discarded plastics will eventually end up in the food chain. Small particles of plastic cannot be distinguished by marine life and plankton from its normal food. As small creatures are eaten by larger ones, the poisoning of the food chain continues to get worse.
The survival of marine wildlife is itself at threat as every year a huge number of sea birds, fish life, whales and dolphins die from becoming entangled in plastic waste or eating so much plastic they become malnourished and die. It is estimated that 308,000 whales and dolphins die every year because they get tangled and drown.
Dawn is currently talking with the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate Group of the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to try and develop ways of collecting Atlantic water samples to be used in essential research into micro-plastics.