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3 Women Are Rowing Across The Atlantic To Fight Plastic Pollution

By Aimee Lutkin

Jess, Caroline, and Susan are three women who have set themselves an amazing goal: they plan to row across the Atlantic Ocean this coming December, in support of the Marine Conservation Society. The MCS runs something called the “Clean Seas” program, Live Kindly reports, and they're the leading charity in the United Kingdom for promoting clean oceans.

The Clean Seas program is part of the MCS initiative to identify pollutants that are having a damaging effect on marine life, and work to discover their sources so they can be stopped. For example, MCS campaigned for a plastic bag charge, and were successful. They also advocated for labeling microbeads in the bath products that contaminate the water system after being washed down bathroom drains.

The team, which calls itself “Status Row,” is participating in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge under the MCS banner. The trip is estimated to take 50 days, and if they finish, they'll be the second ever all-female trio to row across the Atlantic. It's an incredibly demanding trip that can wear out the body—in addition to being in top condition for the actual rowing, they'll need to contend with sleep deprivation and maybe salt sores developed during the trip. But they are honored to do it.