Our Ocean Youth Leaders

the Economist Events' World Ocean Summit

March 7th-9th, 2018

Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) and The Economist Events partnered to bring 15 youth leaders and 5 of SOA's accelerator applicants to the World Ocean Summit in Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Mexico! Attendees were challenged to bring a fresh perspective to key areas including fisheries, ocean plastics, governance, policy, and the application of new technologies to enhance our ocean's health and its economy.

Each of the winners were awarded one complimentary guest pass to the World Ocean Summit, which took place on March 7th to 9th in Mexico. Check out our winners below!

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About the World Ocean Summit:
The Economist Events organized the World Ocean Summit in Mexico in March with the ambition to define investment framework for scaling responses in the areas of plastics and pollution, sustainable fisheries and climate change, and accelerate the transition to sustainable use of the ocean. 

Luis Guillermo Solís, president of Costa Rica, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, president of Iceland, Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico, Vidar Helgesen, minister of climate and environment of Norway and many other heads of states, financiers and entrepreneurs attended. Have a look at the agenda .

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Meet the #OceanYouthLeaders

 

Angela Chen

Canada

The financing gap is not the only factor in achieving sustainable oceans under SDG 14, but it can prevent us from deploying solutions at the scale and speed needed. I commit to growing the blended finance and impact investing fields of practice dedicated to the ocean. The space is still in its infancy, but ultimately the promise of finance for the oceans won’t deliver unless tangible projects are identified and successful investments are made. I commit to building the coalitions, and doing the on-the-ground work required to identify opportunities and build capacities for projects to receive and manage investments.

Dan Watson

United Kingdom

Our devices, Pisces, emit light and can be fitted to commercial fishing gears to alter the behavioural response of organisms being captured. Some may be attracted to the lights, others repelled, some may just be able to better see the escape routes out of the gear.
SafetyNet Technologies commits to ensuring fish stocks are fished sustainably by catching only the right fish, in order to feed our growing population and help preserve biodiversity in the marine environment.

Amy Bainbridge

USA

I commit to starting a woman owned small business (WOSB) which applies the latest technology in econometric modeling and GIS analysis to complex ocean and coastal resource issues. This will include exploring mechanisms to determine perceptions of aquaculture sites, which NOAA wants to increase 50% by 2020. This information will be used in determining sources and sites for sustainable seafood production to feed the growing world population without negatively impacting marine ecosystems, or coastal economies. My company will also focus on species specific assessments and migration monitoring, cost benefit analysis of co-locating aquaculture operations with offshore wind energy projects, and stock assessment so that fisheries can continue to thrive while offering sustainable harvesting solutions. In order to welcome future generations, I commit to educate and empower myself to be an effective national and international leader in sustainable coastal and ocean resource practices.

Barkha Mossae

Mauritius

As the co-founder of #SeeingBlue, I commit to ensure that the needs of young people, women and coastal communities are represented in national and international strategies for the ocean, as I believe that, it is only by empowering young people from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), by providing them with the tools to step up as young ocean champions and true leaders for the ocean, by supporting them with the mentoring, resources and framework necessary to take ownership of the ocean, that we can blaze the trail for a fully inclusive, fully sustainable and future-oriented blue economy.

Furthermore, as a young diplomat, I commit to developing the capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to become the leading moral voice in international negotiations on the ocean, owing to our symbiotic relationship with oceans. More specifically, I am committed to developing the right frameworks to upgrade traditional sectors of our blue economy (such as fisheries), to identify ways to promote women's participation in the ocean economy, and to help Mauritius and SIDS incubate next-generation sectors such as biotechnology and marine cybersecurity.

Matthew Merighi

USA

I commit to building the partnerships between the academy, industry, and conservation which will save our oceans. I will do that through building organizations which embrace all stakeholders and channeling my research into areas of mutual interest between these actors.

Paty Cervantes

Mexico

I commit to ocean sustainability through volunteering actions involving coastal cleanups, promotion the reduction of single use disposable plastic, continuous monitoring of coastal water quality, teaching of courses for the awareness of marine debris and continue collaboration with every sector of the community.

Orlando Anaya

Mexico

I commit to raise the voice for our ocean’s health, to study and research every single day, to empower the next wave of ocean leaders, to inspire and create change. My name is Orlando Anaya and I’m the founder of Kilometro Uno, it all started 5 years ago by picking up a single plastic bag, and slowly but steadily has become a movement of people who believe change is possible. For us, education is key, that's why every week we are looking for more places to share our cause, from an elementary school to a University. From a fishermen community to a conference in another city. Till date, we’ve removed more than 18 tons of trash from our coastline with the help of thousands of incredible citizens. But we know that’s not enough, thats why we actively generate projects, workshops and collaborations with the private and public sector with the main goal of modifying local policy. Attending the summit will give me the opportunity to network with fellow ocean warriors, acquire knowledge and tools to address marine debris in an innovative way, but most importantly, propel my actions for the blue heart of the planet.

 

Nadia Balducci

Peru

 During my thesis, in 2009, while living in a poor fishermen community I started questioning about waste management and my consumption and realized that there were plenty of deceptions I was taking that were damaging The Sea, the one I was study and trying to protect. I researched and realized that we are all immersed in the overconsumption loop and that we are not aware of what is behind the products we consume and even worst, we don't know what happens with the waste we generate. I saw myself as part of the problem and decided to pay more attention, start an ocean-friendly lifestyle and do something to share this new conscious life. Therefore in 2011, L.O.O.P. was born as Peruvian, women-led social enterprise that takes care of the oceans by inspiring businesses and consumers to purchase products that promote a conscious lifestyle. It aims to create a self-financed movement that takes action on plastic pollution, promoting marine ecosystem conservation. L.O.O.P. seeks to promote sustainable consumption and production, by creating platforms for knowledge exchange and organizing awareness campaigns that aim to generate a change in attitude.

Stephanie Prufer

Brazil

I commit to developing and implementing a campaign against plastic litter on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. As part of this campaign, I will conduct beach clean-ups, circulate infographics on social media and generate a network of people who were willing to fight for the cause. I will first develop a campaign by gathering a group of volunteers, contacting local NGOs for support, publishing news articles and blog posts, and sharing information on social media. With this group, beach clean-ups will be conducted. Second, I will work with the local vendors to try to limit the amount of plastic straws and cups they distribute each day by implementing certificates of sustainability. Those opting out of plastic straws and cups will receive a higher grading of sustainability. Furthermore, I will work with the vendors to implement trash cans and recycling bins closer to where people on the beach often sit. The bins are currently near the sidewalk, requiring people to walk through hot sand to dispose of their trash.

Jeffrey LeBlanc

Canada

I commit to leading an ocean foundation dedicated to all aspects of ocean conservation, with special attention placed on the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Ecuador faces tremendous challenges from foreign vessels fishing within their Exclusive Economic Zone, as well as in marine reserves. The recent case in the Galapagos Marine Reserve highlights the type of damage that can be done by one ship alone, as more than 6,000 sharks (including protected species) were found on board a foreign vessel that was fishing illegally within the area. Our plan is to create better systems for monitoring such activities, and to raise international awareness, in order to deter future violations.

Eugénia Barroca Pereira Rocha

Portugal

I commit to use my vital energy to help ocean life to thrive! And I will do that by contributing to this wave of plastic change. I am a fulfilled recent licentiate in Marine Biology, which I had completed with a final project titled as “Marine debris’ abundances in three Portuguese beaches”. I had increased Portugal’s marine debris abundances repertory, cleaned a part of the problem and I had contributed to Marine Strategy Framework Directive Task Group 10. I also started to develop a project with a friend of mine, Mariana, called "AmarOmar" about cleaning and monitoring marine debris at Portuguese coastal waters and beaches. It's a project focused on science, education, community and governance.It's still in first stages of development but I believe that soon we will find the right waves to apply it. Since May of 2016, that I am the Portuguese delegate at Youth Advisory Council from World Oceans Day (WOD) and together with more 10 young people from different countries of the world I’ve been learning how to develop a campaign, write blog posts to the website, realize book translations and increase my social media impact, while we are spreading ocean awareness and protection. Regarding to WOD last year I had gave two lectures (8th and 10th grades) about WOD and the main threats to the ocean, focusing Plastic Pollution, I had also organized a full day event with a beach cleanup, followed with an artistic workshop with the collected debris and a symbolic play by the beach, with the support of local stakeholders and government. Then the sculptures created by the citizens at WOD celebration were to an exposition called “One Ocean, One Future”, in the local library. I commit that my contribution is to be part of the solution.

Michelle Bender

USA

I commit to advancing a holistic and rights-based approach to ocean governance. To create an enhanced worldwide awareness and a common realization that what we do to the ocean we do to ourselves. To advance ocean stewardship by promoting governance centered on the Ocean’s well-being and guided by principles of sustainability, ecosystem health, precaution and interconnectedness. And to not only help establish protection for marine ecosystems, but to ensure these areas are fully protected and effectively managed.

Alex Mauboussin

USA

I commit to making people aware of the value of trash, and the impact that marine waste has on the oceans. I am releasing an album of music composed from repurposed waste. I hope to compose for organizations/causes/people who are concerned about the health of the oceans and marine waste.

John Robison Hoopes

USA

I commit to improving our collective understanding of ocean issues using data science and visualization tools, and to helping identify and design scalable solutions to social and environmental issues related to the ocean.

Leyna Stemle

USA

I commit to implementing marine debris surveys during our school’s marine biology clubs beach clean ups, Rho Rho Rho and Flosoco. I am suggesting the use the citizen science app Clean Swell. I also commit to continue working with my schools (as a voice for our science clubs) to stop using plastic straws and to replace throw away plastics with compostable ones at events. We are also working towards implementing more sustainable brands into the school's budget.

Marissa Cuevas Flores

Mexico

I am the co-founder of MicroTERRA, which develops the technology (a system) to harvest fertilizer from polluted water (agricultural runoff). It is possible to harvest the excess nutrient from bodies of water, to produce new fertilizer. The idea is to develop a machine, that grows microalgae in bodies of water with agricultural runoff. The resulting output has the same chemical properties as the agricultural runoff (phosphorus and nitrogen) and therefore can be used as organic fertilizer.

Shyang Bian

USA

I am the founder of H2earth, with a goal to create a global network of stations where people can get a reusable water bottle instead of buying a plastic water bottle. The consumer gets high quality water, a useful bottle that they can use throughout the day, and help save the environment. The only difference being instead of throwing out the bottle, they will bring it back to any of our locations where it will be collected for reuse.

 

Hear these ocean commitments from our #OceanYouthLeaders!

Created by: Naja Bertolt

Music by: Alex Mauboussin