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Expedition Baltic Sea: Setting sails to save our polluted waters

PARTNER UPDATE. The Baltic is one of the world’s most polluted inland seas. Expedition Baltic Sea, a new partner of We Don’t Have Time, is embarking on a sustainable, wind-powered journey to change that.
In a few months from now, the eye-catching wooden brig Tre Kronor af Stockholm will set sails and travel from port to port around the Baltic, at each stop presenting its travelling exhibition to everyone who wants to listen and learn.
“This beautiful ship is the essence of fossil-free travel. With its imposing force, it lets everyone understand that we are coming to save the Baltic Sea!” says Anders Mannesten, CEO at Expedition Baltic Sea.
Tre Kronor is a newly built wooden brig. The ship’s construction was in every detail inspired by the trading brigs of the mid 19th-century. Photo: Expedition Baltic Sea
Tre Kronor is a newly built wooden brig. The ship’s construction was in every detail inspired by the trading brigs of the mid 19th-century. Photo: Expedition Baltic Sea

The years 2021 to 2030 are declared The Decade of Ocean Science, by the United Nations. By bringing together scientists, businesses, governments and NGOs, and encouraging various forms of civic engagement, the UN hopes to increase the health of our oceans.
This is also in line with the mission of Expedition Baltic Sea, which, according to Anders Mannesten is “to encourage and help concrete projects to give the Baltic Sea a chance.”
It sure is needed. Over the past 100 years, the Baltic Sea – which is the youngest sea on our planet – has been dramatically degraded.

Anders Mannesten, CEO at Expedition Baltic Sea, and Mats Jakobsson, CEO at Briggen Tre Kronor, started the sustainable journey Expedition Baltic Sea at the beginning of 2021.
Anders Mannesten, CEO at Expedition Baltic Sea, and Mats Jakobsson, CEO at Briggen Tre Kronor, started the sustainable journey Expedition Baltic Sea at the beginning of 2021.

But there is more at stake than just saving this specific sea. Restoring our oceans is also an extremely important part of the struggle to combat the climate crisis.
“It’s vital to understand the dependence between climate change and sea quality. If you have a clean sea, you will also have clean oxygen. 50-80% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the ocean. Also, the ocean absorbs around 23% of annual CO2 emissions, and it accumulates,” states Mats Jakobsson, board member of Expedition Baltic Sea and CEO of Briggen Tre Kronor.
Expedition Baltic Sea has teamed up with experts from Stockholm University to spread scientific knowledge about this inland sea. Through exhibitions, showrooms, seminars, and sailing tours, the company aims to educate young people, companies, and the general public about the urgent sustainability issues and why decision-makers must act to save the Baltic.
During the upcoming expedition, Expedition Baltic Sea will launch a Baltic Sea contract. It is a digital document that everyone from the general public to companies and politicians can sign, to create a commitment and act to save the Baltic Sea.
 “85 million people live around the Baltic Sea, and we need to spread our message to encourage them to change their habits,” says Mats Jakobsson.

ABOUT OCEANS AND CLIMATE
  •  71% of the earth's surface is covered by oceans. 
  • Plankton produces more oxygen than trees do. 
  • 50-80% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the ocean. 
  • The ocean absorbs around 23% of annual CO2 emissions and helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.
  • 94% of the world's species live in the oceans.
  • Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for food and livelihood.
Learn more and save the Baltic Sea at https://expeditionbalticsea.se 
  • Tomas Roovete

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    Expedition Baltic Sea actually do a fantastic work for saving the Baltic Sea and their seminar, "The Baltic Sea in a changing climate" together with Östersjöcentrum was really a eye opener (https://expeditionbalticsea.se/).

    • Edwin wangombe

      120 w

      Nice

      • Sheila wanjiru Nduta

        120 w

        Awesome

        • Sweta Chakraborty

          125 w

          Very cool!

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          • Patrick Kiash

            125 w

            Very educative facts. Thankyou

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            • Rebecca Allen

              126 w

              Beautiful ship. Are the not eating fish also? That would be an additional benefit for the recovery of the oceans.

              • Petter Körnemark

                126 w

                Not only a beautiful wooden brig, but also wind powered!

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