A WAVE OF CHANGE
what's happening in oceans?
28.11.2017 - BRUSSELS
founder of the plastic soup foundation
Maria Westerbos is educated in the social sciences, specialising in mass communication and psychology. She has worked in the media for the past 25 years, print and TV, and lately as change strategist and television programme developer. In Februari 2011 she founded the Plastic Soup Foundation and in 2013 she finished 20th in the Dutch newspaper Trouw Sustainable Top 100. She has been in the Top 100 ever since.
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Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology and Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit
Richard Thompson is a Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University, UK. He specializes in ecology of shallow water habitats. He obtained his first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992, followed by a PhD from Liverpool University in 1996. Much of his work over the last decade has focused on marine debris with numerous publications on this topic.
In 2004 his team reported on the presence of microplastics in the environment in the journal Science. Subsequent research examined the extent to which microplastics were retained upon ingestion and potential for microplastics to transport pollutants to organisms. He was lead guest editor for a 200 page volume of the scientific journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, focusing on Plastics the Environment and Human Health. He is co-author of the European Union Strategy Framework Directive text on marine litter and has recently prepared reports on this topic for the United Nations Global Environment Facility.
In 2014 he presented his research to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, a his Our Ocean meeting in Washington.
a plastic ocean, director
Craig is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter and public speaker. He is the founder of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is also the Asia correspondent for the Seven Network and an international correspondent for global network, Al Jazeera English. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as a news correspondent and anchor. Craig has worked with major global broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS and Australia’s ABC. He began his documentary filmmaking career with the National Geographic Channel, producing and directing NGC’s top Asia television programs and projects including GeoWatch Asia, the Top 30 Countdown for NGC’s 10th anniversary special, Marco Polo: Mystery of the Middle Kingdom, the channel’s Earth Day promotions, and the extreme sports action series the Action Asia Challenge. Craig is also a qualified surf life saver, an advanced scuba diver and a private pilot.
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