We are all connected. Interconnected. With each other. With nature. With plants. With the Earth. From symbiosis to the Gaia principle, interconnectedness is important. Important to understand our actions. Important to understand their consequences. And important to understand our potential. That’s what these videos are for.
Humans have always left their mark on the environment. But now, it’s happening faster. The climate crisis. Deforestation. Pollution. Biodiversity loss. And everything in-between. This era is ours. Yes, it might seem like an overwhelming problem. But understanding it is the first step to solving it. That’s what you’ll learn in these videos.
We aren’t starting from scratch. We already have a base for action. The ball is already rolling. People are talking. Goals have been set. Scientists, politicians, leaders and businesses are collaborating. From the dreamers to the doers. We’re all in this together. Understanding how all this works is what you’ll need in the long term. That’s what you can learn in these videos.
Ben grew up in Brevard County, Florida and graduated from Viera High School in Viera, Florida in 2017. While a student, he worked part time in a submarine sandwich shop and later as a cashier at a supermarket. After high school, Ben won a Thiel Fellowship, a two-year program for young people “who want to build new things”, with a $100,000 grant attached. In his early teens, Ben realized that the world was choking on discarded plastic products. He decided to target the traditional packaging of personal care products and invented a way of encapsulating the active ingredients of hygiene products in pods made out of water soluble film. His company, Nohbo, gained worldwide recognition when Ben secured a deal with Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban.
Sam grew up in Washington, DC and earned his scuba diving certification as soon as he was old enough at age 13. This is when he “fell in love with coral reefs.” He attended a local public high school and entered Yale College, where he focused on climate change policy. While pursuing his master’s degree in Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment, his passion for reefs and his academic work opened his eyes to the problem of global coral reef degradation. Along with his classmate Gator Halpern, he decided to do something about it. In 2017, they co-founded Coral Vita with a $1,000 school grant and set up their headquarters in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. The company’s mission is to create large-scale, high-tech coral farms on land and plant these corals into degraded reefs, thus bringing them back to life.
Louise was born in Manila, grew up in Wales (UK) and later settled in Camarines Sur, Philippines. In 2016, typhoon Nock-ten laid waste to over 80% of agricultural land within the San Fernando region of Louise’s native Philippines. Farmers needed urgent help to reinstate their livelihoods, generate income and alleviate the local food shortage. Louise founded The Cacao Project in 2016 in response to the devastating effects of the typhoon. Her vision for the initiative was to provide participating farmers with cacao seedlings (a long-term, resilient crop) and short-term crops such as bok choi, okra and pumpkins (which are productive after 19-30 days) to intercrop with the cacao, plus other resources and training.
Boyan Slat is a Dutch inventor and entrepreneur who creates technological solutions for global problems. He is Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. At the age of 18, Boyan devised a concept which utilizes the natural oceanic forces to passively catch and concentrate ocean plastic, through which the theoretical cleanup time could be reduced from millennia to mere decades. In February 2013, Boyan decided to pursue the idea further and founded The Ocean Cleanup.