At NNPC, we like to see the way people are working for clean seas and safe waters. That you can’t start young enough has been proved by sixteen-year-old Mila Smid from Nietap.
She is a genuine adventurer who dreamed of joining the ‘School at Sea’ talent development programme, in which schoolchildren spend six months sailing the Atlantic (on the historic West Indies trade route) – half a year on the tall ship Thalassa, learning and living with thirty-six other students, under the watchful eye of experienced teachers and crew members, naturally.
Mila sees it as an opportunity not only to develop but also to do her bit for a better environment. After a successful sponsorship campaign, she left in mid-October 2022. After her return, she plans to use the trip to draw attention to the ‘plastic soup’ floating in the ocean: kilometres of floating rubbish heaps of discarded plastic, including plastic bags and drinks bottles.
You can see the travel plans on her website, Mila at Sea.
NNPC is sponsoring this adventure enthusiastically, of course. We wish Mila well on her trip to discover new cultures, to experience living and working on board, and to help raise awareness of how susceptible our oceans are to pollution.