Love Your Greats
Love Your Greats
#TEDxCK 2016 Talk
Last August, people from across the Great Lakes region took part in the world’s largest-ever simultaneous sampling for microplastics in water. This event was organized by two concerned Ontario citizens who had experienced the severity of the plastic pollution issue while sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Realizing the main solutions to this problem start on land, they dedicated themselves to initiating meaningful action back home. This completely volunteer effort is an example of how, if people are connected to, and love their environment, they will stand up to protect it.
This talk is about showing that, given the right information, engagement and tools for action, anyone can quickly move from being part of a problem, to being part of the solution.
Jen is a geographer and filmmaker fascinated by human-environment interaction. She has a BA in Geography, and an MSc in Environment, Science & Society, from the University College of London. She has been involved in several international research, filmmaking, and sport expeditions, in a diverse range of roles, from filmmaker, to marketing manager, to expedition leader.
Each adventure has been focused on environmental and social responsibility, and she has shared many of these through her community interest film company, Your Frontier. After 15 years in the UK, she has returned to the Great Lakes region and co-owns/operates an environmentally-sustainable outdoor recreation park called Windmill Lake. She has also been involved in a series of sailing research voyages aimed at making the unseen seen – from the plastics and toxins in our bodies, to those in our water, and, in 2014, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to create a film about the initiative. She was Mission Leader for the voyage that conducted the first-ever microplastics sampling in the Caribbean Sea, and, in 2016, in the Great Lakes, co-led the world’s largest-ever simultaneous sampling for microplastics.
This was the first event of her newest joint-venture, “Love Your Greats,” a diverse initiative aimed at raising awareness of, and inspiring improvements to the health of the Great Lakes, through science, experience, and adventure.
She is taking her theory of being a “Glocal” (Global Local), and putting it into action every day, encouraging people everywhere to do the same.