World - The Ultramarine Ocean Summit Aims to Promote Ocean Conservation
Next week, scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and artists will gather at Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands – both in-person and virtually – to kick-off the annual Ultramarine Ocean Summit.
The event boasts an impressive line-up, including Mission Blue founder Sylvia Earle, ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, conservationist and world-renowned wildlife photographer Cristina Mittermeier, and actress and environmental activist Jane Fonda.
The virtual portion of the event, put on by nonprofits Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) and Oceanic Global, is available for the public to enjoy. Each of the three-days of virtual programming will include a theme: plastic pollution, protecting marine life, and the regenerative ocean economy.
Day 1 – February 3, 2021: Tackling Plastic Pollution
The virtual portion of the Ultramarine Ocean Summit will kick off with lightening talks from leaders in the fight against the ocean’s plastic problem:
- Janur Yasa (Founder, Plastic Exchange)
- Rob Ianelli (Founder & President, Oceanworks)
- Stan Chen (CEO, RecycleGO; President, United Metal Recycling)
- Ingrid Giskes (Director of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, Ocean Conservancy)
- Brian Reilly (Founder & CEO, Muuse)
Day one of the virtual Summit will also include a discussion of Oceanic Global’s initiative to reduce plastic pollution at the source through the non-profit’s “The Ocean Standard” (TOS). The session will focus on three key destinations where the campaign has been implemented: Tulum, Mexico, Barbados, and Italy’s Aeolian Islands.