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March 2019

Easter Island

Swim Against Plastic

World-record swim
Education
Beach clean ups

BREAKING RECORDS AND INCITING CHANGE

In March 2019, we are embarking on a journey to inform, learn, inspire, and quite possibly create a world record.

South African endurance athlete, Sarah Ferguson, will attempt to become the first person ever to swim the entire perimeter of iconic Easter Island.

Our mission is to use this event to raise awareness about plastic pollution and inspire the world to rethink their plastic use.

The Island

EASTER ISLAND

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as the locals call it, is one of the most treasured places on  Earth, valued for its rich history, culture and world-famous Moai statue heads. As such, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Despite being one of the most remote inhabited locations in the world, the island is in peril at the hands of plastic pollution, while also facing major waste management challenges due to a massive growth in tourism that is producing 20 tons of waste per day.

AN ISLAND IN PERIL

One of the world's
highest concentrations of microplastics
ORIGINATING FROM
Thousands of miles away
20 tons of waste
PRODUCED PER DAY
Caused by
growing tourism and globalization

SARAH FERGUSON

Through record-breaking swims, her work at Breathe Conservation, and now as an Ambassador for Plastic Oceans International, Sarah Ferguson is on a mission to raise awareness about plastic pollution.

Join us in March 2019, as she attempts to establish a new world record by becoming the first person ever to swim the entire perimeter of iconic Easter Island.

THE EASTER ISLAND SWIM AGAINST PLASTIC IS

40 miles
around the perimeter of easter island
24 hours
In cold water and dangerous currents
2 passionate non‑profits
Creating a wave of change
1 great cause
to raise awareness about plastic pollution
and
1 amazing woman