Throughout history the ocean has been an unalterable constant. A vast and incorruptible truth of our planet's design. Blue, swirling around the small patches of our continent's green. The lifeblood of our Earth. A source of food, trade, and weather patterns. Oceans have defined our planet and provided sustenance to billions.
Just beneath the surface of this great, endless quilt hides the damage humans have caused. A damage to which we have long been blind. We have created an ecological crisis that cannot be traced to a single cause. Evidence confirms that the changes we notice today will intensify in the coming years. The Earth, and by default the ocean, is facing difficult times. And the same can be said for us humans.
The project, led by Sailing Vessel Hirondelle, seeks to understand and report the effects human activities have on the ocean and coast through a sailing expedition in the North-Western European seas. Our mission seeks to raise awareness of how the ocean is changing in order to inspire more to step up and make a difference.
other proposals based on the crews skills and aspirations
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, an obstacle remains: raising public awareness on the immediate impacts of current changes. Studies in climate change communication show a dominant discourse depicting an ecological crisis that is distant both in time and space. We must engage the public in order to enact real change. After all, humans, who are at the origin of this crisis, are key to solving it.
Highlight the stories behind the ecological crisis, with an emphasis on the interconnectivity between humans and the ocean, through a series of interviews in the North East Atlantic. We aim to narrate this coast undergoing change, recording the tales of the people who live them and act everyday alongside our waters.
THE NAVIGATION ZONE
To accurately represent the stories of the threats, actions, difficulties and solutions encountered in Europe we will sail for one year along the Northwestern European coast, collecting the tales of its inhabitants and their relationship with the sea.
Hirondelle - or "Swallow" in French - is the name of the schooner we will be sailing. She is currently in dry-dock at the KVK boatyard in Brest (France) where, surrounded by many volunteers, we are preparing her for the expedition to come.
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