Roz Savage

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower and environmental campaigner. Coupled with her solo row across the Atlantic in 2005-6, she has rowed over 11,000 miles, taken 3.5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively nearly a year of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.


 



Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins

After extensive work in marine conservation, Marcus and Anna recently co-founded the "5 Gyres Institute" in collaboration with Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Pangaea Explorations, to study and communicate plastic pollution in the 5 large ocean gyres in the world. In 2008, Marcus rafted across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii on JUNK, a raft floating on 15,000 plastic bottles, 30 sailboat masts lashed to form a deck, and a Cessna airplane fuselage as a cabin (junkraft.com). The journey, 2,600 miles in 88 days, brought attention to the issue of plastic trash filling the world's oceans and solutions. Also studying the effects of marine debris, Anna completed a 4,000 mile research expedition across the North Pacific Gyre with Algalita. Anna and Marcus then followed these expeditions with a 2000-mile cycling/speaking tour from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico talking about plastic pollution. Anna and Marcus were both elected National Fellows of the Explorers Club in 2010.  



Jean-Michel Cousteau

Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.




 



Congressman Sam Farr

Congressman Sam Farr, a fifth-generation Californian, represents the state's beautiful Central Coast. Throughout his 18-year tenure, Mr. Farr has been a leading advocate for California agriculture, an outspoken activist for affordable housing and a champion of the oceans.


 



Chris Hines

Environmental campaigner & speaker Chris Hines MBE, founded Surfers Against Sewage and was its director for ten years, where he helped deliver a £5 billion spend on the UK coastline. He has appeared on everything from Panorama to BBC Children’s TV and CNN Skewed View. Chris was Sustainability Director at the Eden Project between 2001 and 2007, and in 2006 was joint-winner of the first international Surfers Path Green Wave Awards for his contributions to the surfing and environmental world.  



Richard Thompsonon

Richard Thompson is a Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth and has been at the forefront of academic studies into the effects of plastic pollution on the marine environment. His studies have led him to appear on several media productions related to the subject including the documentary 'Bagit!' and the BBC's 'Costing the Earth'. He has been working on the effects of plastic in the marine environment for over a decade and in 2004 his group showed that waters around the north-east Atlantic had become contaminated by microscopic fragments of plastic or 'microplastic' and that the abundance of this material had increased significantly over the last 40 years. He is now investigating the environmental consequences of this newly described form of debris.  



Professor Frederick vom Saal

Frederick vom Saal is professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri Columbia and a faculty member of the Endocrine Disruptors Group. Professor Vom Saal has researched the effects of industrial chemicals, such as bisphenol A and phthalates. These are related to the plastic manufacture process and can easily enter the food chain. In human beings, they mimic the hormone oestrogen that, at low levels, can have drastic health effects.  



Andy Keller

After visiting his local landfill in Chico, California and seeing all the single-use plastic bags floating around there, Andy Keller created the ChicoBag, a colourful, washable reusable bag that folded into a pocket-sized pouch. A few years down the line and ChicoBags are sold in over 80 countries and are mostly made from recycled PET. Andy also created the Bag Monster (pictured), a suit of 500 plastic bags that represents the amount used by the average American every year. The Bag Monster has become a central mascot to the plastic-bag ban campaign in the US and beyond.  



Megan Lamson and Stacey Breining

Megan and Stacey both work with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii's native wildlife through research, education and conservation. One of their many roles in the HWF (which include nest protection for the endangered Hawksbill Turtle and safeguarding populations of Hawaiian Monk Seals), is to cleanup the beaches of Hawaii from marine debris. It was due to Megan and Stacey that Plastic Shores managed to secure such depressing footage of the plastic polluted beaches of Big Island.  



Emily Penn

Emily worked as Operations Manager on the world record breaking bio-fueled Earthrace vessel during an international environmental campaign to promote the use of alternative fuels. It was this journey across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that opened her eyes to ocean degradation. Following her involvement with Earthrace, Emily worked with a New Zealand group called Sustainable coastlines (below) to establish a community wide coastal cleanup project in the remote Hapai Islands in Tonga and then spent time working with Algalita and 5 Gyres (above) to further understand how plastic pollution is affecting the marine environment. She now works for Pangaea Explorations to help co-ordinate operations and logistics working both on and off their research vessel Sea Dragon.  



Camden Howitt and Sam Judd

Camden and Sam (seen here with musician Jack Johnson) help run Sustainable Coastlines, a multi award-winning New Zealand charity that has successfully coordinated ongoing projects at home and in the Pacific that have resulted in positive, real and long-term changes to local coastlines and communities. Since early 2008 Sustainable Coastlines successfully motivated over 19,000 volunteers to remove more than 110 tonnes of trash from coastlines. During this time they raised large-scale awareness about the challenges our marine environments face and the simple solutions to look after our coastlines. They did this through direct participation, wide-reaching media exposure and public advertising campaigns, as well as through educational presentations to over 20,000 school students.  



Hayden Smith

Hayden set up the Watercare Harbour Cleanup Trust (WHCT) in Auckland, New Zealand. As an enthusiastic boater/ adventurer, Hayden saw increasing amounts of litter clogging up the areas water ways via storm water drains and roadways. He realised something needed to be done and established the WHCT alongside Waitakere city Mayor Bob Harvey. Since the very beginning of the operation the trust has collected over 2,742,449 litres of litter (that is over 21 939 590 pieces) during 11,959.4 hours of operation.  



Andy Cummins

Andy has always lived by the sea and its always had a hold over him. He's been surfing for more than half his life and joined Surfers Against Sewage to take his concerns over sewage and marine debris down the corridors of power. He completed a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and focused on the human impacts on the marine environment. As a surfer he felt he had a good understanding of what we are doing to our seas, but the course was an eye opener. After university he sailed from Falmouth, down Europe, and to the Cape Verdes before crossing the Atlantic. Even 1,000 miles from land he would be constantly confronted with mans impacts on the marine environment. He is now the SAS's Campaigns Director.  



Leslie Tamminen

In October of 2009, Leslie was appointed to the California Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees. Formerly, Leslie was a special advisor to Lt. Governor John Garamendi, and the California Economic Development Commission. Leslie was the Legislative Director and staff attorney for the environmental nonprofit organization Heal the Bay from 1997 to 2008, where she was responsible for development and implementation of statewide water quality legislation, and the first-ever state Education and the Environment Initiative, a requirement for environmental education principles and curricula development in all core disciplines in public schools for K-12. She is now a consultant for Seventh Generation Advisors and is currently focused on marine debris and water/ocean issues.  



Jean-Pierre de Greve

Jean-Pierre De Grève in his early career worked as a lecturer in Che mical Engineering and Chemical Technology at the University of Algiers before moving into mainstream industrial chemistry. He formerly worked within Solvay in production, construction, waste management and safety and environmental arenas. He was also the chairman of BelgoChlor, the association of Belgian chlorine producers, between 1993 and 1997. In January 1998, he joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers as Technical and Environmental Affairs Manager and was appointed Executive Director in September 1999. In addition he became General Manager of Vinyl 2010 the following year. Jean-Pierre has been chairing the Global Vinyl Council from 2001 to October 2003 and also from 2005 – 2009. In March 2009, he became Deputy Executive Director of PlasticsEurope, in charge of Advocacy and Communications. He is now a consultant for EFS Strategy and Business Consulting.