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Ocean conservation was front and center this week, and what struck me (Monica) over the course of the week and numerous virtual events was how many emerging leaders there are in the ocean community. Young people like Daniela Fernandez, who runs the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, an organization she started while in college that now incubates ocean problem-solving start-up companies led by other young people — she has raised millions of dollars to get them off the ground. Or the young leaders recognized at the Margaret Davidson memorial panel at Capitol Hill Oceans Week, that featured rising stars in business and academia like Dr. Megan Morikawa, Director of Sustainability at the Iberostar Group (a family-owned Spanish hotel chain 8 million guests with 80% of the hotels sited on the coasts) who leads a team of 12 scientists working for the company to eliminate pollution, serve only sustainable seafood and restore coral reefs; and Juan Mayorga, a Marine Data Scientist with the Pristine Seas Project at National Geographic, who is using data to find the best places to create marine parks all over the world. And today four more up and coming ocean leaders who are still in their teens, such as Seyi Peace Moejoh of Nigeria who is working to keep plastic out of the ocean, are speaking about the work they do on behalf of the Ocean Heroes Network, that trains and funds young people to undertake ocean conservation projects around the globe. Like the climate movement, the ocean conservation community has a wave of young leaders who are already making a difference and inspiring others to do more to conserve the blue of our blue planet. This week, we salute them!
ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS: As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]
Axios Media’s Sara Fischer reported earlier this week, women are”pushing back against the gender imbalance in media” by launching their own platforms and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored. We can relate! As part of that wave, today our friends at Lonely Whale, a nonprofit that is driving societal change away from […]
With air travel more difficult and risky this year, many families are taking vacations the old-fashioned way — by going on a road trip. And we hear that renting a recreational vehicle or RV is quite popular. It is a great way to “see the country,” and maybe visit some National Parks, while maintaining coronavirus […]
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