Press Release: Roz Arrives in Tarawa
Added: Wed. Sep 09, 2009 11:15am
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OCEAN ROWER AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNER, ROZ SAVAGE,
COMPLETES SECOND STAGE OF HER SOLO ROW ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN; MAKES
LANDFALL IN THE REPUBLIC OF KIRIBATI
Second Stage of Three-Part Voyage Inspires Action on Climate Change
TARAWA, REPUBLIC OF KIRIBATI—September 6, 2009—Roz Savage, ocean
rower and environmental campaigner, made landfall today on Tarawa, a
small atoll in the Republic of Kiribati, successfully completing stage
2 of her epic bid to become the first woman in history to row solo row
across the Pacific Ocean. She launched this stage of her voyage on May
24, from Honolulu, Hawaii. She spent 104 days at sea, bringing the
total number of days alone at sea for her Pacific crossing to 203 days.
Savage uses her ocean rowing adventures to help inspire action on
Savage posted Twitter updates from her satellite phone for each the
last 10 miles as she neared the finish line, providing fans around the
world with a thrilling conclusion to a very exciting adventure. She
wrote, “Into the last 10 miles. Quick chat with mum on satphone. She’s
excited!” Two hours later, she tweeted, “7 miles has never seemed so
far… sun is scorching hot now.” Upon arrival she wrote, “ARRIVED!!!
Exhausted but very, very happy. Crack open the bubbly and toast the
health of the planet.”
Savage was welcomed by hundreds of people at Betio Wharf on South
Tarawa, where children greeted her with flower leis and local
performers honored Savage with traditional songs and dances. Community
elders of thanked Savage for bringing awareness to the issue of climate
change, particularly on behalf of especially vulnerable low-lying
islands and atolls, such as Tarawa.
“What a spectacular welcome – I’m so delighted to be here in
Kiribati and to meet the wonderful people of Tarawa. Being here is
especially poignant for me, knowing that this land and the people who
live here are some of the earliest and most seriously impacted by the
devastating effects of climate change. I promise to carry their story
with me and hope that by sharing this adventure, people around the
world will feel compelled to take actions in their own lives to reduce
harmful carbon emissions.”
Savage’s voyage consists of three stages, each with its own
environmental message. In Summer 2008, she became the first woman ever
to row solo from California to Hawaii. Her 2,700-mile, 99-day journey
took her through the outskirts of the North Pacific Garbage Patch.
During the first stage of the row, she encouraged people to cut back on
their use of disposable plastic bottles, cups and bags, thereby
reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.
Savage’s journey this year from Hawaii to Tarawa targeted climate
change. She is a United Nations Climate Hero, and this December Savage
will travel to Copenhagen where delegates from around the world will
gather to negotiate a new global agreement on climate change. Savage
hopes to share video testimonials from the people she meets in Tarawa
with world leaders at the Copenhagen summit, highlighting the critical
importance of immediate and aggressive action on reducing global carbon
The third, and final, stage of Roz’s solo row across the Pacific
will take place in 2010, and will take her all the way to Australia.
AN UNLIKELY ADVENTURER
Roz is a British ocean rower, author, motivational speaker and
environmental campaigner, who uses her trans-oceanic rowing voyages to
inspire a movement towards sustainable living at both grassroots and
Roz first gained international attention in 2005, when after 11
years as a management consultant, she embarked upon a new life of
adventure by rowing solo across the Atlantic. Her unlikely
transformation from office worker to ocean rower, described with humor
and soul-baring honesty in her blogs, captivated and inspired a
worldwide audience, transcending barriers of language, culture, color
and creed. Encouraged by this positive response, Roz continues to use
her seafaring adventures to motivate others to take action on
environmental issues and to face their own life challenges.
THIS YEAR’S MISSION: PULL TOGETHER
Pull Together is the theme for stage two of Roz’s row across the
Pacific Ocean. This year her environmental mission is to take action on
CO2 levels by inspiring people to walk more and drive less.
“The climate change crisis we face requires immediate action from
every level of our global society, but the problem is so grave that
many people are overwhelmed and simply don’t know what they can do to
help,” says Roz. “That’s why I aim to inspire people to choose simple
solutions that cost nothing and are easy to work into the busy routines
of their daily lives. You might feel like one little choice doesn’t
make a big difference, that it’s just a drop in the ocean. But those
little choices and actions add up quickly – and they do make a world of
In consultation with distinguished environmentalists, government
leaders and outreach specialists, Roz conceived an initiative to tackle
the issue at both grassroots and international levels. Calling upon her
supporters around the world to Pull Together, Roz issued a challenge:
match her 10,000 oar strokes a day with 10,000 steps a day. An easy way
for people to track their steps is to use a pedometer. The idea is to
substitute walking for driving, thereby reducing the amount of CO2
released into the atmosphere.
A HIGH TECH ADVENTURE
Roz is an avid technology enthusiast and enjoys sharing her adventures
through a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook,
Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. She regularly blogs and records podcasts,
delighting her audience and allowing them to vicariously share and
experience her thrilling adventures. The RozTracker is an interactive
map that supporters use to track Roz’s progress across the Pacific and
see exactly where she was when she posted blog updates, photos, videos
Several key partners have recently joined Roz in her mission to take action on climate change. They include:
- United Nations Environment Programme: provides leadership and
encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring,
informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of
life without compromising that of future generations. Roz was recently
named a UNEP Climate Hero.
- The Climate Project: founded by Nobel Laureate and former Vice
President Al Gore. TCP aims to increase awareness of the climate crisis
at a grassroots level worldwide, and supports advocacy and activism to
combat the climate crisis.
- Blue Planet Foundation: a Hawaii-based organization that seeks to
change the world’s energy culture, to raise global awareness in order
to develop and adopt practical programs to implement clean, efficient,
and renewable energy and to create a global response to the
increasingly urgent climate crisis.
- 350.org: an international campaign dedicated to creating an
equitable global climate treat that lowers CO2 below 350 parts per
million, the number that scientists say is the safe number we need to
get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.
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