Paige Myatt

Paige holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and recently graduated from Clark University with a Master of Arts degree in International Development and Social Change, concentrating in Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. She has found great interest in the pairing of technology and the social sciences in the context of environmental conservation.

A lover of the ocean since she can remember, Paige enjoys swimming, paddle boarding, surfing and being on/in/around the water in any capacity. Biking is her preferred method of transportation on land and in her spare time she enjoys playing music with friends. She is looking forward to participating as a guest crew member on an upcoming leg of eXXpedition’s Round the World voyage researching ocean plastics and their impacts on women’s bodies.

What is your earliest memory of the ocean?

My earliest memory of the ocean was as a toddler at a beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts, where I followed my much older cousins into the waves and got dragged into the undertow. One of my cousins pulled me out to safety and from that day on I have been enamored by the power of the sea and the respect that it commands.

What is the biggest threat to preserving the ocean and local waters for future generations?

The biggest threat to preserving the oceans is the difficulty of assigning responsibility to protect an area that takes up 70% of the Earth’s surface, swirls and moves in various ways and impacts every living thing on this planet. Robert Swan, British historian, explorer and activist quotes, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” There is a lot of ocean to save, and we all need to take immediate actions, in whatever capacity our lives allow, to move towards greater ocean health.

What was your "aha moment" that turned you into a conservationist?

My “aha moment” occurred during an undergraduate global project experience. My team and I were working on an environmental project in New Zealand with a native Maori community. They taught us about a concept called “Kaitiakitanga”, which is a way to manage the environment through guardianship and protection. This belief really resonated with me and it has guided my work in conservation ever since.