Rosie Chambers – Our Ocean, an annual conference initiated by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, was held in Oslo earlier this month. It was the sixth Our Ocean conference and it couldn’t have come at a more important time for the ocean.
Rosie Chambers works for the Marine Conservation Society as Coordinator of the Marine CoLABoration, a collaboration of organisations that work together to put value at the heart of shaping solutions for our ocean. She has an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management and has previously worked for eNGOs including the RSPB, London Wildlife Trust and ZSL. Follow the Marine CoLAB on Twitter for updates on our work and how you can get involved.
Richard Branson – It’s sad to think that a warmer world may be a world without Emperor penguins. These majestic animals need the sea ice for food and the ice is melting.
Alexis Valauri-Orton – At the Our Ocean Conference in 2016, The Ocean Foundation made a commitment through the International Ocean Acidification Initiative to train 50 scientists around the world to monitor ocean acidification (OA).
Alexis Valauri-Orton manages The Ocean Foundation’s International Ocean Acidification Initiative. In her capacity as manager she leads international training workshops for scientists, policymakers, and seafood sector workers, develops low-cost systems for responding to ocean acidification, and oversees a multiyear strategy for enabling countries around the world to address ocean acidification. Beyond the ocean, Alexis’ other love is music: she plays flute, piano, and sings and regularly attends and performs at concerts around town.
Wietse van der Werf – A social enterprise based in Europe is rocking the boat with a new approach that could greatly increase the level of real-time ocean protection. Starting it hasn’t been without its challenges, but the effort is now gathering momentum in some of the most unlikely quarters.
After becoming a youth wildlife ranger at the age of nine, Wietse van der Werf was involved in various conservation campaigns from the late 1990s and ultimately crewing on multiple Antarctic expeditions before being awarded the Future for Nature Award in 2016 for his work in citizen-led conservation. Wietse was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2018 and has run conservation initiatives in nine countries across Europe.