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8 eco-superheroes that might surprise you

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
David de Rothschild

Photo: Patrick Riviere

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David de Rothschild

A modern-day Ferdinand Magellan with an environmental slant, author and eco-adventurer David de Rothschild put his British banking-heir status to good use when he founded Adventure Ecology, an eco-expedition group that “promotes respect and responsibility for our planet, its environment, species and peoples by developing a greater connection with nature and an understanding of the planet’s greatest challenge: climate change,” according to TakingITGlobal. De Rothchild’s most recent incredible adventure? A 129-day journey across the Pacific aboard the Plastiki, a catamaran built from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles, to raise awareness of marine pollution.