Klean Kanteen, the family- and employee-owned leader in sustainable drinkware and food solutions, is the title sponsor of “Scotland: Ocean Nation,” an expedition in which Cal Major, intrepid world-record adventurer, veterinarian, and passionate ocean advocate, aims to be the first person to circumnavigate Scotland by stand-up paddleboard this summer.
“Scotland: Ocean Nation” will celebrate incredible ocean ecosystems, explore human connection to the ocean, and investigate the importance of protecting ocean biodiversity as it relates to the climate crisis. The ocean, which covers 70% of the planet, is home to astonishing ecosystems, the health of which affects all humans, and plays a crucial role in the climate crises by acting as the world’s largest carbon sink.
“As a member of 1% For the Planet, a Certified Carbon Neutral and a B-Corporation, it’s clear Klean Kanteen’s mission closely aligns with Cal’s passion to explore and protect the ocean,” said Phil Ellwood, MD at Klean Kanteen UK. “We understand the importance education plays in raising awareness about environmental issues, and we’re honored to support Cal in her endeavor to make a positive change in a place important to her.”
Beginning on May 15th, Cal will circumnavigate Scotland's dramatic, rugged, and remote coastline by stand-up paddleboard, braving wind, weather and errant coastal tides. Visiting islands, she will explore the incredible underwater world by scuba and free diving, delving into the importance of these precious ecosystems. Cal will also engage with the communities and individuals around the coast, exploring how their connection drives them to protect these awe-inspiring places that are threatened by ecosystem destruction, climate change, and plastic pollution.
“There has never been a more pressing time than now because 2021 is Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters which encourages responsible engagement and participation in Scotland’s unrivalled natural ecosystems. Furthermore, Glasgow is hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference this November, also known as COP26,” said Cal Major. “We’re thrilled to have a value-aligned brand like Klean Kanteen as a title sponsor to help us elevate the importance of ocean protection through exploration.”
Cal will be joined by James Appleton, a multiple award-winning photographer, videographer, and filmmaker, who will be on the water in a kayak to document the adventure and bring it to life through an immersive six-part documentary series.
In addition to her work this summer, Cal, alongside many ocean conservation groups, fishing people, and community groups in Scotland, has linked up with the Our Seas coalition in asking for a transition to a highly protected seabed, which provides a nursery ground for many ocean species and sites of carbon storage. She has also created Seaful, a charity aimed at raising awareness for how oceans can positively impact mental health and create more environmental stewards. Visit www.ourseas.scot and https://seaful.org.uk/donate to donate and learn more about the organizations.
Follow Cal on her summer-long adventure on her website: https://www.calmajor.com/ Instagram: @cal_major, Facebook: @calmajorocean and Twitter: @calmajor_. To learn more about Klean Kanteen, visit www.kleankanteen.co.uk and follow along at @kleankanteenuk on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.