May 10th, 2010, posted by David de Rothschild Tags: David de Rothschild, Islands, Jo Royle, Plastiki daily update

Hello, it’s David phoning in.

It’s now Sunday at 10:41 and we’re signing all the relevant paperwork that we need to depart from Christmas Island. We’ve been here now for 9 or 10 days and it’s going to be hard to leave because of the warm hospitality that the people of Christmas Island have shown us. We did lots of school talks and lectures and met many friendly faces and people who are enthused and inspired about the Plastiki, which in turn inspired us to think about how we can get the message out there and have more of an impact.

It’s been a real magical stay, it’s been nice to hit land and it’s a major milestone for the project. Phase one of the journey is now over we’re about to embark on phase two which is the crossing from Christmas Island to Fiji; it should be a 22-25 day journey. All the crew and the supplies are on board, everyone is smiling and happy and I’m very excited to get back out to sea again. We’re all looking forward to being under the stars with the wind in our sails so we can start to move forward to the second leg of the journey.

This is David, Sunday morning on Christmas Island.

Here’s Jo giving us an update from their time spent on the Christmas island…

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  1. Jane Maribel Alexander says:

    Have a good trip … if you need extra Crew, holler !! Following you all with great interest, and gratitude for your Pioneer Spirits .. all of you. Thank you.
    Best wishes,

  2. Brenna says:

    Sitting in my Manhattan office, daydreaming, taking pictures of my bruised shins from mountain biking (thinking about how much better I thought I was until I realized I’m embarrassingly battered), reading the NY Post, coming across a short blurb about an ecologist who can go months without showering, wondering why the NY Post chose to talk about bathing habits instead of the cool plastics campaign (that I had to stumble upon after a hearty google session), pledging to drink from only my nalgene from now until I die, thinking about how you should next campaign about paper advertisements that show up in your mailbox addressed to “current resident,” wishing the crew and you safe travels.
    Good luck (and thank you)!
    o, and I like the “Life Aquatic” aesthetic going on with the website.

  3. Dionne says:

    David: I think you and the crew are doing a wonderful thing with this adventure, but you all need to be careful about how you talk/write about the people you encounter. At times, you can sound like patronizing colonial adventurers rather than egalitarian environmental activists. For example, in your last blog you talked about what you had taught the people of Christmas Island. You didn’t mention one thing that you LEARNED from them. It sounded very patronizing. If you really respect people, you listen and learn as well as teach. I would have also liked to know more about the people you encountered. Also, all of you might do well to stop using the word “locals” in your blogs and photo captions. It’s a patronizing and demeaning term. Can you imagine somebody visiting England and calling you or your wealthy family “locals?” It would never happen because it’s a term privileged travelers often use for people perceived to be socially inferior. Think about it. I would have also liked to see you crew The Plastiki with at least one person from the Islands you are visiting. I think it would be amazing to get that perspective on “the expedition.” Instead, you have all Eurpeans and Americans, which is a bit disappointing.

    You’re doing important work, but if you perpetuate colonial attitudes towards non-western people, then you’re moving the environmental movement backwards not forwards. I am African American and an anthropologist so these issues concern me. At times reading the blogs of you and your crewmates remind me of reading colonial diaries, and I find it very disappointing. Here in the U.S. we face complex intersections of race, class, and environmental justice issues. We are challenged to address environmental issues across different cultural and economic frameworks. When white environmentalists are progressive about environmentalism but outdated in their attitudes towards people of color, they weaken the movement. A strong movement will involve us all as equals instead of white environmentalists talking down to the rest of us. I hope that the global environmental movement doesn’t get into the habit of thinking that respecting our planet is an excuse for not respecting people of all backgrounds and walks of life who inhabit that planet.

    You have an enormous platform because of both your work and your family history. Use it wisely. People are following your lead.

    Just my thoughts. Be well, safe, and I wish you and your crew happy sailing.

  4. Ali Serim says:

    Have a safe journey and have fun.
    You are inspiring us in Turkey. Please post as many pictures as possible…