Emily Penn – The last time I was in a plastic accumulation zone – one of the ocean’s five gyres where the world’s waste collects – I was met by clear blue waters.
Emily is a skipper, ocean advocate and artist dedicated to studying environmental challenges in the most remote parts of our planet.
Fiona Llewellyn—Whether you’re commuting, shopping or sightseeing, touring any city can be a thirsty business.
Fiona is an ocean conservationist with over 12 years’ experience working for environmental NGOs on marine scientific research, policy, practical conservation and campaigns.
In 2016, Fiona and colleagues set up the #OneLess campaign; working to tackle the evident and growing issue of marine plastic pollution by using an iconic item – the single-use plastic water bottle – to challenge our throwaway culture and connect people to the ocean.
Maria Damanaki – What comes to mind when you think of the ocean? Maybe you see the planet’s last great wilderness, the wonders of which are still more of a mystery than the surface of the Moon?
Maria Damanaki is the Global Managing Director for the Ocean at The Nature Conservancy. Previously, she served as the European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Under her leadership, the Commission brought fish populations back to healthier levels—from as few as five sustainable stocks in 2010 to up to 27 today.
Julian Jackson –As threats to the ocean rise, negotiators are eager to protect vital biodiversity.
Julian Jackson leads The Pew Charitable Trusts’ efforts in Europe to protect ocean life on the high seas. This work complements the Ocean Unite 30 x 30 campaign – a call to action to safeguard 30 per cent of the world’s ocean by 2030.