Journalist and photographer Alessandra spent a lot of time on the beaches while growing up – she loves being on the ocean. She loves to use her profession to help other people, so since 2018, She has worked in the areas of copywriting, creative strategy, audiovisual production and digital marketing for communication agencies and nonprofit sectors. And she developed projects in Italy, Spain, Albania and Angola, as well as in different states of Brazil.
Because of her love for nature, Alessandra believes that she can seek more and more knowledge to change her daily life even more, to live consciously, and share this knowledge with friends, family and community. She wants to use her profession for this cause as well, making people aware through storytelling and content production. So that the reality of plastic waste production in Brazil can be transformed step by step.
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Producer & Advocate
Halee is a producer and advocate based in Los Angeles. Her independent film work explores themes of identity, womanhood, and resilience, and has screened at dozens of festivals around the globe, including Sundance, Tribeca, the United States of Women Summit, and the Obama White House.
Alongside her producing, Halee volunteers as a Crisis Counselor Advocate at Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to building a society free from sexual and domestic violence. She also serves on the Executive Committee of YEA! (Young Entertainment Activists) where she focuses on impact, strategy, and the climate crisis.
Halee’s concern for ocean health was spurred when she started scuba diving along California’s stunning coastline. She is thrilled to be joining a group of passionate women interested in amplifying the conversation around plastic pollution.
Jaqueline is a Brazilian journalist, writer and communications specialist passionate for all environmental related issues. She has already worked in newsrooms of newspapers and magazines and for socio environmental projects for multinational companies in Brazil. Currently she lives with her family in Nagoya, Japan, and is an independent professional managing her own website (Ambiente-se Comunicação) and the communications strategies for the Great Ape Project Brazil/International.
She strongly believes in people power to unite diverse skills, find smart and creative solutions and deploy real actions. In the last few months she has been digging in into the complex area of plastic pollution and hopes to contribute to scale up ideas and proactive initiatives.
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HANNAH is the New York Correspondent for Sky News and is an accomplished award-winning journalist and experienced visual story teller who loves the ocean. Hannah’s parents live on an island off Vancouver and so she has the use of a small dinghy when staying with them and has spent time sailing with friends on yachting holidays around Croatia and Greece.
Hannah spent the vast majority of the last year covering Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency, but as part of her work across America she has also focused on a series of big environmental stories, including the crisis at Standing Rock, the effect of rising sea levels on native Americans in bayous of Louisiana, the fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the impact of the Alberta oil sands, and the emergence of the fracking boom in North Dakota.
Hannah will be filming the Round Britain eXXpedition on Legs 1 and 3 in order to create a documentary that explores the UK’s glorious, fragile coastline and the threats to the seas that surround it. While she is on board filming the crew and focusing on the scientific mission being undertaken, her team will embark on a simultaneous land based journey around the British coastline, examining the broader issues that are threatening Britain’s seas and the communities that live near them, from plastic and sewage pollution to flooding and storms. The resulting documentary will form part of Sky Ocean Rescue, a major campaign to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean and raise awareness of the myriad threats to ocean health.
You can watch the first documentary in the campaign, A Plastic Tide here.
The thing I love more than anything is understanding the world and the people in it – why things are the way they are, and how people think and why they do what they do.
My career so far has given me the chance to work on fascinating projects in this area with inspiring people and organisations. I currently work at BBC News, helping create strategies to get news and current affairs to more people in more places.
Before the BBC, I worked for almost six years as a sustainability consultant for organisations like Disney, Kellogg’s and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, helping them create strategies for social and environmental impact – from sustainable farming programmes to behaviour change campaigns around women’s health.
My background is as a geographer – keen on human geography (I specialised in international development and my first job was with an NGO) and the intersection with physical geography, especially where it helps us understand why things are how they are e.g. climate influences on migration.
Through these experiences, I’ve built skills in strategy, research and communications, and I can’t wait to put them into action for eXXpedition.
I’m joining the expedition in the hope of having a memorable experience with a bunch of interesting women who are equally interested in issues, solutions and creating change.