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Worse than an Oil Spill? Plastic Pollution! Aviating Coastal Alaska in a DHC-2 Beaver

In this episode of FlightChops, we’re Flying in the DHC-2 Beaver through Prince William Sound, the site of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, to learn that the 2011 tsunami in Japan along with general pollution is now causing hundreds of miles of pristine coastal beaches to become an inadvertent dumping ground and collection point for tons of primarily plastic debris. Our oceans, rivers, and beaches are becoming filled with plastic and trash.
As part of the #TeamSeas initiative (www.teamseas.org), the goal is to raise $30M to remove 30M pounds of plastic and trash from oceans, rivers and waterways. See more below and how you can donate and become a part of this amazing effort.
For every $1 raised, #TeamSeas nonprofit partners #TheOceanCleanUp and Ocean Conservancy will clean up 1 pound of trash from our oceans, rivers, and beaches!
You can view the rest of the Alaska Mountain Flying Playlist with the rest of this series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJOPFT88qcBB4ViCEkut5ZxoB7iDz0p3a

Martin and Tim from APEX Alaska were awesome for setting everything up to do this!

It’s not launched yet, but when it is they’ll have you covered end to end with amazing lakeside accommodations for summer and winter training at the Alaska Aviation Adventure HQ.


Pilots would come and join APEX to “expand” their flying skills, get to see aviation from a different angle while experiencing flying in Alaska.


How #TeamSeas Works:

100% of the money raised goes directly to #TeamSeas nonprofit partners: The Ocean CleanUp (https://theoceancleanup.com) and Ocean Conservancy (https://oceanconservancy.org).
Visit www.teamseas.org to contribute to this incredible cause and pass along the link to your friends, family, and colleagues so they too may share and we can bring more awareness to this awful and accelerating plight on our waterways and environment at large.
Together, we can help reach the $30M goal and make a significant impact in reducing 30M pounds of plastic and trash that’s accumulating in our most vulnerable waterways.



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