Nicky Hawkins – Last year felt like the year the world woke up to the harm we’re inflicting on our planet.
Nicky Hawkins leads the FrameWorks Institute in the UK, researching public attitudes and how to change them. Nicky works with a widerange of organisations to change hearts and minds and build a better society.
Sylvia Earle, John Baxter and Dan Laffoley – While the world is finally turning its attention to the problem of carbon emissions, we are missing something big.
Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair, IUCN World Commission on protected Areas, Switzerland.
Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Mission Blue, USA.
John M. Baxter, School of Biology, University of St Andrews.
Sam Teicher – Year after year, coral in the Bahamas pale and diminish. And then, from nowhere in 2019, they faced the punishing wrath of a record-shattering hurricane.
Sam Teicher is the co-founder and Chief Reef Officer of Coral Vita, a company that grows resilient corals up to 50x faster to restore dying reefs. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, analyzed climate change as a national security threat during his master’s program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, somehow still plays front row for the Freeport Rugby Club, and has been in love with the ocean since becoming a scuba diver as a child.
Anne Mäusbacher – A few years ago, when I told people about my initiative, Beach Cleaner, I was often asked ‘What was the point of the programme?’ Being based in Nuremberg, Germany, we weren’t exactly near the ocean and people would say, ‘We don’t live by the sea, so what’s the ocean got to do with conservation?’ I wanted to change that perception.
Anne Mäusbacher is the founder of Beach Cleaner. The initiative was launched in 2015 in the fight against ocean plastic pollution and the mission to live plastic free in everyday family life. She lives with her family in Nuremberg and prefers to spend her time by the water. It goes without question she wants to protect it as well.