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.
Karen Sack – It is a paradox that, even as millions of us remain isolated from our families, friends and colleagues, one of the clearest lessons of the global pandemic is that for better or worse we are all connected with each other. We are also connected with the millions of species sharing our planet, and by our dependence on Earth’s natural systems.
Karen Sack is the president & CEO of Ocean Unite – an organisation incubated by Virgin Unite that is bringing together powerful voices to drive positive ocean conservation action.