Blue Frontier Campaign’s Seaweed Rebels and Ocean Explorers Roz Savage and Margo Pellegrino are two women effectively raising awareness on the threats the ocean faces and the need for conservation measures.
photo by June Barnard
Coastal paddler Margo Pellegrino intends to paddle her outrigger canoe from Trenton to New Orleans over two summers to bring the “ocean message” to the inland waterways. She will start in Trenton and go down the Delaware River and up the coast into the NY/NJ Harbor, up the Hudson River, into the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes, and end in Chicago. For the summers of 2015 and 2016, Margo will go down the Mississippi River to New Orleans .
Along the way, Margo will engage with individuals and organizations to bring media attention to problems confronting our watersheds, coasts, and oceans. The focus will encompass our glaringly obvious “disposable plastic” problem, to the flooding and vulnerabilities of our river front and coastal cities due to rising seas and intense rains, to run-off and other issues that threaten to degrade our rivers, ocean, and even our drinking water. Margo hopes to engage others to help highlight the impacts of our land-based practices on our water. Together we can actively educate the public who might never step foot on a sandy beach as well as let our elected officials know that there is a growing constituency for our water—from our watersheds into our rivers, lakes, and bays, to our ocean.
You can find more information about Margo and her paddling at miami2maine.com or at her new website paddle4blue Please consider donating to this intensive 8-9 week media campaign for our rivers, lakes, bays, and ocean. Donate here.
In 2010, Roz Savage finished the 3rd leg of her Pacific Ocean row (from Tarawa to Australia). She began her journey from San Francisco to Hawaii in 2008, continued from Hawaii to Tarawa in 2009, and has moved a number of constituents around the globe towards more awareness and better individual practices for ocean conservation. Please see www.rozsavage.com for more information.
BFC President, David Helvarg with Ocean Explorers Margo Pellegrino and Roz Savage
Thank you to all who have sponsored and hosted Margo and Roz on their journeys.
Thank you to the Sculpt the Future Foundation for its support of Roz’s Indian Ocean Row.