Aya Naseem – The ocean makes up 99% of my home, the Maldives. It supports our native biodiversity, ancient culture and daily lives. Our very thinking is from an oceanic perspective. We have names for all the parts of the sea – the different depths, the colours, the ripples, the waves, the shapes and sections of reefs and the patches of corals. They are all embedded in language and used in life.
Aya Mariyam Rahil Naseem is a marine biologist from the Maldives. She is Co-founder and Vice Chairperson of the Maldives Coral Institute.
Rebecca Hubbard – I grew up with parents who surfed and farmed on Australia’s south east coast. I spent my childhood surrounded by clean, beautiful beaches, eucalypt forests and farmland, not realising how blessed I was by having a spectacular playground full of nature. This unique and inspiring place was my launchpad into environmental science and campaigning to protect our environment.
Rebecca has campaigned on environmental issues from the local to international level, with the pillars of creativity, community mobilisation and alliances central to her work. After securing a ban on super trawlers in Australia, she started the European campaign Our Fish, to end overfishing and restore the oceans.
By Heather Zichal – As countries slowly adapt to the new reality of 2020, with its harsh economic and community impacts, there has been a lot of talk about how we can best recover and rebuild.
Heather Zichal is the Executive Director of the Blue Prosperity Coalition, working to build partnerships with global governments in order to protect and sustainably manage their ocean spaces. She has served as the lead White House aide on energy and climate issues under President Obama. She has extensive experience on Capitol Hill with oceans advocates, including former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and two Members of the House of Representatives.