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SESSION THREE | 12:25-12:45.

What role can UK cities and towns play in tackling plastic pollution?

We are delighted that Emily Penn will be joining Creating Sustainable Cities as our guest speaker - Emily is an Ibex Earth Ambassador and one of the world's most respected figures in ocean plastics, which is one of the most pressing environmental issues currently impacting upon our planet. For example, did you know that by 2050 scientists expect that there will be more plastics in our oceans that fish? This session will focus on the global issue and explore the role that the UK's cities and towns can play in reducing this environmental threat.


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Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist; a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in Architecture. She has recently been appointed a Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador and has appeared regularly on television and radio discussing the issue of plastic waste.


As much at home in and on the water as she is on dry land, Emily's ability to develop and communicate solutions for challenges facing today's society has been sharpened by a diverse portfolio of unique experiences:


She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.


Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition - a series of all female voyages which focus on the relationship between plastics and toxics and female health - and working on solving the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients with Ibex Earth.


Prior to this, Emily co-founded Pangaea Explorations, to enable scientists, filmmakers and everyday people gain access to the most remote parts of our planet; collecting data on global issues and along the way discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation.


An experienced public speaker, Emily has spoken around the world at TEDx conferences, universities and global companies, sharing both her adventures and an understanding of the issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.


Emily was honoured with the Fitzroy Award at the 2016 Ocean Awards and is also the youngest and only female recipient of both the Yachtmaster of the Year, awarded by HRH Princess Royal, and the Seamaster of the Year award. She is one of the world’s most influential figures in sustainability and an excellent addition to deliver the workshops in this programme. 

  "no water, no life, no blue, no green".
Sylvia Earle
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