Rebecca founded the Plastic Free July campaign in 2011 which evolved into a global movement that in 2019 empowered 250 million people across 177 countries to reduce and refuse single-use plastics.
With over 25 years’ experience in environmental and waste management, community engagement and sustainability, Rebecca has explored the problem of plastic waste through working in the waste industry, taking part in marine debris research expeditions and was one of the pioneers in the waste avoidance conversation.
From advising governments on plastic waste reform, to working with businesses and engaging with local communities, Rebecca believes we can all be part of the solution to the global waste problem and shares stories of change as an author, speaker and media spokesperson.
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Founder of The Last Plastic Straw
Jackie created the No Plastic Straws movement when she founded The Last Plastic Straw in 2011 as a volunteer project for Save Our Shores. The Last Plastic Straw has been a project of Plastic Pollution Coalition since 2016.
She is a part time kayak guide, full time activist, and lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she teaches people of all ages how to speak truth to plastic and be an agent for change in their communities. She has advised on more than 20 local ordinances limiting single-use food ware including plastic straws, and on the historic Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020.
Jackie has a BS in Health and a AS in Horticulture, and has a passion for travel, ocean sports, design, gardening, the environment, and community service. Jackie is a frequent speaker at international conferences, in the press, and was featured in the award-winning documentary Straws.
Nicky comes from the south of England and currently lives in rural West Sussex with her husband and adult daughter. She went to University in Cardiff where she gained a degree in Physics with Music and followed that with a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Physics. She then took this training into a commercial environment with an early career in sales of scientific instruments which took her to many parts of the world.
Nicky now has over 20 years’ experience as an owner and director of software companies and is currently in an exciting phase of fast growth with the latest one. As a small business owner Nicky has learned resilience in tough times, and to adapt quickly to new situations.
Outside of work Nicky is learning the art of pottery in her garage at home. She also plays violin in the Horsham Symphony Orchestra. Over the years she has often set herself big physical challenges and including taking part in two ocean yacht races (one across the Atlantic), cycling Lands End to John O’Groats and the length of Ireland.
With eXXpedition she is looking forward to flexing her scientific muscles again and to combine this with another sailing adventure. She is keen to take the opportunity to learn more about the issue of ocean plastics and to share this with her network back at home.
Alessandra is a global citizen since birth: an Italian, born in Germany, raised between Latin-America and Europe, currently living in Brussels. Her international upbringing instilled in her the passion for travelling and exploring different cultures and corners of the world.
After high school she travelled and worked for two years with Up with People, an international non-profit organisation, which inspires young people to take personal action to make positive change through travel, volunteering, and music.
She then studied languages and communication and obtained a masters in European studies. Alessandra has more than 15 years of international experience in communication, public relations, European affairs and project management. Currently she works as Communication Officer at the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission.
She is a keen sailor and Board Member of the Sailing Club of the EU institutions. Listening to Jimmy Cornell’s stories about his sailing adventures, as well as his observations about the impact climate change is having on our oceans made her think about how she could combine her experience in communicating about the human impacts on our climate and the planet we live on with her passion for sailing. eXXpedition seemed like a great opportunity to show how every individual action can contribute to tackling global challenges.
As senior advisor in WWF Christine is working on making Norwegian corporations and sports plastic free!
She is the co-founder of Blueye Robotics, the company making the Blueye Pioneer Underwater drone which lets you explore the ocean down to 150m deep from your own smart phone. She is also Captain of Entrepreneurship One, a former Norwegian champion in sailing, living onboard her sailboat and focusing on increasing care for the sea through empowering ocean exploration, learning and understanding through the use of technology – based on the belief that “You take care of of what you love.
Christine has been named by Forbes Magazine as 30 under 30 most important Tech Founders’ and 30 under 30 and ‘World’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018’, ‘Norway’s 50 most important female tech founders’ 2017 + 2018 , and ‘Top 10 Norwegian female tech entrepreneurs 2018’.
Christine will be Mission Leader for Round the World voyages Cairns to Darwin and Darwin to Perth.