While most of us just grabbed our boats and headed down to the water to celebrate Paddle for the Planet (P4P) Jack Seymour had a plan. Turns out it was a fantastic plan; it raised lots of money and we were amazed to see the number of paddlers out in support of his event. The first thing that struck us was – gosh Jack looks young! So we went off to meet Jack and find out just how old he is and more about the plan.
TPM How old are you?
TPM How did you come up with the idea?
JS In about January I asked my dad about it as I had done it a few times when I was younger and I realised that no one has really been organising it in Hong Kong for the last couple of years. So I just thought – “why not me?’ if nobody else is going to do it I might as well. I paddle every day in Hong Kong so I see how much of an issue the plastic and trash in the water is, so that also helped me take the initiative to do it and to organise it.
TPM Where does your rubbish come from?
JS In the winter when the wind is blowing off shore the trash from China and Hong Kong all blows out in to the ocean and then in summer when the wind turns south and onshore it all just comes straight back in. Then it is deposited all along the shore.
TPM When did you start planning it?
JS We started in about March which was actually quite late as there are a number of moving…
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