The Volvo Ocean Race Summit

On the 7th and 8th of December 2017, the FlipFlopi project was invited to do a talk at the Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit in Cape Town South Africa during their stop over at the V&A Waterfront. The theme of this summit was plastic pollution in the ocean, and as you know by now this is a cause is very close to our hearts.

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The Ocean Summit in Cape Town is one of seven events scheduled to take place around the world organised by the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017 and 2018. Their seven Ocean Summits aim to bring together sport, science, government, NGOs and the private sector. The aim is to generate discussion and create local relevance, while sending out a call to action, asking for commitment by governments and industries to ensure clean seas for the future. This global platform presents a unique opportunity – and a clear responsibility – to turn the tide on plastic pollution. 

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A range of innovative solutions to the global crisis of plastics in our oceans were discussed by a host of international and local speakers at the first ever Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit ever to be held in Cape Town. Amongst the key speakers were Bluewater founder Bengt Rittri, WWF’s John Duncan, Ocean Cleanup's Boyan Slat and Volvo Ocean Race skippers Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s Charlie Enright and Turn the Tide on Plastic’s Dee Caffari who all gave their own personal insight on the plastic crisis facing our oceans.

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On the second day of the summit projects including The FlipFlopi presented their solutions on how we are all tacking the global plastic pollution crises. All in all The Volvo Ocean Race Summit achieved its goal of gathering like minded thinkers from around the world, to find workable solutions for protecting our oceans from plastic pollutions! 

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Needless to say, we were very proud to be part of this global plastic revolution movement!

Ben Morison