#100 Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii - Kahi Pacarro

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Kahi Pacarro is the Executive Director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. The organization is run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers. They inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups. They also coordinate educational programs, team building corporate cleanups, waste diversion services, public awareness campaigns and help others run their own beach cleanups. http://sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org/

#98 NatGeo & Former Vice Correspondent - Ryan Duffy

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Ryan Duffy is a journalist and correspondent best known for his work with Vice Media, including accompanying Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters on a visit to North Korea in 2013. In October 2015, as part of a slate of 12 new shows, The Huffington Post launched the docuseries Now What with Ryan Duffy. He currently hosts NatGeo's show, Explorer.

#95 Mr. Smooth - Rob Machado

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Rob Machado is not just one of the world’s greatest surfers, he’s also one of the sport’s most recognizable characters -- a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Known for his zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006 and SIMA Waterman of the Year in 2011.

#93 Surfers Against Sewage - Hugo Tagholm

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I first got involved with Surfers Against Sewage way back in 1991, the year after it was formed. I was  passionate about the nature, the environment and surfing so the organisation resonated loudly with me in its mission to stop sewage disposal in our seas.

Over the years I’ve been an activist, regional rep and trustee with SAS. I had the great honour of taking the helm in 2008 to help shape a new strategy on emerging issue, build a sustainable action plan and community, and most importantly of all carry on delivering a high impact to protect oceans and beaches for everyone.

Whilst water quality remains in the DNA of the organisation, after 25 years of successful campaigning we’ve made great progress so our attentions are squarely focused on the most immediate and pressing threats, namely plastic pollution and climate change.

I see SAS as a charity connecting people and planet. We connect people and communities, and create opportunities for our supporters to protect the spaces we all love. The organisation has always been defined by the relationship we have we the sea. Our community is an active part of the ocean. It is this community that helps us create the change we want to see for our coastlines.

Music: Hooked on a feeling, Blue Swede

#92 Photographer/Longboarder - Anna Ehrgott & Meg Haywood-Sullivan

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Meg Haywood Sullivan is a photographer and environmentalist who splits her time between shooting campaigns and pushing for environmental stories through editorial features & social platforms. Meg’s career has taken her from contributing to a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece with the New York Times and photographing with the world’s leading snowboard brands to documenting a feature with National Geographic Adventure following John Muir’s footsteps to the fastest retreating glacier in Yosemite.

Anna Ehrgott is a professional surfer and filmmaker. She has worked on films including Island Earth and From The Ground Up. 

#91 Ocean Explorer - Emily Penn

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Emily Penn has organized 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 biofueled 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, toxics, and female health - and working to solve the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.

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 the previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation.

Emily was honored 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 a Fellow of the Royal Geographical society and in 2017 was elected as a member of the Cordon Rouge Club.

http://www.emilypenn.co.uk/ 

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#90 The Creative Process - Avatar Production Designer, Rick Carter

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Rick Carter is a production designer and art director. He is known for his work in Forrest Gump, Amistad, A.I. Cast Away, War of the Worlds, What Lies Beneath, Jurassic Park, Avatar, and Back to the Future Part II and Part III. Many of the films that he has worked on are directed by Steven Spielberg or Robert Zemeckis. For his Art Direction of Avatar, he won an Academy Award and, in 2013, Rick won his second Academy Award, for production design on Steven Spielberg's, Lincoln. 

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#86 Sex Educator - Amy Baldwin

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Amy Baldwin is a Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach (trained in the Somatica® Method), Certified Sex Educator, sales trainer and educator for Uberlube, as well as co-owner of a mother-daughter owned pleasure boutique called Pure Pleasure Shop. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-focused sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection, offering everything from how-to workshops to erotic empowerment retreats.

Amy also appears in episodes #23 and #54 of this podcast. 

https://www.shamelesssex.com

#85 Documentary Filmmaker - Toby Thiermann

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Toby Thierman has been traveling the world with a camera for over 15 years searching for the perfect frames and images. His adventures have brought him from Steven Spielberg sets to Cambodian mine fields. A passionate storyteller and director, Toby brings a keen sense of story and composition to every project. The competitive edge of his work draws from daring camera work, vibrant connection to audience and accolades for ongoing innovation.

#84 Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer - Ernie Child

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Ernie Child ( ejchild808@gmail.com ) is a Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer. He is a certified EMT, operational fitness trainer, swift water rescue technician, high angle ropes rescue technician, advanced helicopter rescue technician, and cold weather survival instructor. As an active duty operator he deals with his own battles, including PTSD, and strives to set an example to people in and out of the military by showing others that there are positive and healthy ways to live life without being weighed down by traumatic experiences. 

 

#83 Junk Raft - Marcus Eriksen

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Marcus Eriksen is the co-founder of Leap Lab, as well as the Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing through all 5 subtropical gyres, Bay of Bengal, Southern Ocean and inland lakes and rivers, recently publishing the first global estimate of all plastic of all sizes floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles.

In 2013 he and colleagues published the discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes, which became the cornerstone for a US-based campaign to eliminate plastic microbeads from cosmetics, resulting in the Microbead-Free Waters Act, which became US federal law in 2015.  

 Years earlier, in 2000, he traveled to Midway Atoll, finding hundreds of Laysan Albatross with plastic pouring out of their stomachs, and that experience narrowed his focus to plastics. He received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft of plastic bottles to bring attention to this issue. Again in 2008, he rafted across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii on JUNK, floating on 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessina airplane fuselage as a cabin (junkraft.com). The journey, 2,600 miles in 88 days, brought attention to the work of the 5 Gyres Institute, the organization he co-founded with his wife Anna Cummins.

His first book, titled “My River Home” (Beacon Press, 2007) chronicled his Mississippi River experience paralleled with his tour as a Marine in the 1991 Gulf War. His second book, titled "JUNK RAFT: An oceanic voyage and the rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution" (Beacon Press, 2017) tells the story of how plastic pollution at sea was discovered, the impact on people and the planet, and the growing movement to solve the problem through zero waste initiatives in the largest cities worldwide.

The experience of war, sailing across oceans with wonderful crew-mates, and long rafting voyages, have led to a strong conservation ethic worth fighting for. “We must understand and define conservation and social justice as our collective self-preservation – a rationale that crosses all boundaries between all people.”