Roz Savage was living in London with a good job, a husband, and a little red sports car, but she one day realized that she just was not happy. She sat down and wrote two versions of her obituary. The one she wanted and the one that would be if she continued on the same path. She realized that she wanted it to read that she was a great adventurer and risk taker. At the same time she says she had an environmental epiphany in which she “developed a burning need to challenge people to think about the way we are treating the planet.” And so she changed the path of her life.
Over the course of a few years, Savage left her job and husband and sold her little red sports car. And she picked up her oars to become the first woman to row across three oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, in an effort to draw attention to her environmental cause.
Savage recently told the Huffington Post, “Until that point, I had thought of ‘the environment’ as a charitable cause or an issue-something that I could choose whether or not to engage with. But suddenly, I understood that it was inseparable from life itself-something on which our future existence depends. Activism was no longer optional. If I cared about my own health, happiness, and well-being, not to mention the continued existence of humanity, I had no choice but to engage.”
She has since become a United Nations Climate Hero, a trained presenter for the Climate Reality Project, and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She is also on the board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a Blue Ambassador for the UK-based BLUE Project, and a co-patron of the Greener Upon Thames campaign for a plastic bag free Summer Olympics in London., and as a Notable Coalition Member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She supports the work of the 5 Gyres Institute and is an Ambassador for Plastic Oceans.
Next Monday, Savage and entrepreneur Andrew Morris will begin their journey for the Olympic Atlantic Row in which they will be rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from Eastern Canada to the London Olympics. The voyage is 2,587 miles and is expected to take 60 days.
To follow their adventure, go to www.olympicatlanticrowing.com.
For more information on Roz Savage, go to www.rozsavage.com.