THE MARE NOSTRUM GLOBAL INITIATIVE is driving sustainable systemic change that keeps plastic waste out of our oceans
With the equivalent of a garbage truck's worth of plastic waste being dumped into the ocean every minute, it's time to drastically change our plastic habits for the health of the planet and all those who depend on it.
[MARE NOSTRVM: Latin for "OUR SEA"]
We are an adaptable and solutions-driven organization made up of creators, thinkers and business leaders working at local and global scales to inspire transformational system change that stems the flow of plastics into our oceans. By facilitating plastic neutral ecosystems we are profoundly changing the way we live with plastic so that future generations can inherit healthy, resilient, plastic-free oceans.
Promoting collaboration along the entire plastics value-chain towards PLASTIC NEUTRALITY
As an independent advocate for cross-sector collaboration, the Mare Nostrum Global Initiative aims to articulate and implement a multi-pronged approach to eliminating the flow of plastic into our oceans. Our central focus is to move away from the current cradle-to-grave archetype, which promotes the endless consumption of disposable, synthetic plastic, by fostering solutions and removing barriers across sectors and geographies. We believe that bringing together diverse actors and facilitating a cross-value chain dialogue is the most effective way forward to a long-lasting global systemic shift in the way we consume plastics.
Support initiatives that provide innovative technology and behavior-based solutions towards solving the marine plastic litter problem that are scalable and transform the synthetic plastic life-cycle
Capture opportunities and value created by an effective circular plastic economy that minimizes the leakage of plastics into natural systems and thereby ensuring that plastic never becomes waste
Develop effectual policy and regulatory frameworks that reinforce producer accountability while taking into account the various stakeholders involved in the plastics value chain and influence the ways in which plastics move through their life-cycle by bolstering strategies that cut off the flow of disposable plastics at its sources
Enable communication between stakeholders all along the global plastics value chain that encourages a shared vision and provides a panorama of the current situation including insights, best-practices and recommendations
Recognize that the global management of plastic waste is a global conversation underpinned by a smaller suite of geographies, and as such seek to understand how contributing factors towards the transformation of our plastic consumer habits are affected by regionality
Monitor, manage and report on the outcomes of initiatives to provide measurability and transparency throughout the value chain
Create an ecosystem of roadmaps to plastic neutrality that are people-centered, place-based, replicable, and scalable
"We’re presented here with the opportunity to integrate these project streams
to create real and lasting change to our plastic habits and ultimately
redefine the synthetic plastic paradigm."
Hans Herrmann, President and Co-founder
All of our projects are designed to lead communities towards PLASTIC NEUTRAL PLACES
Baja California, Mexico: PLASTIC NEUTRAL DESTINATION
We are currently developing a pilot project to tackle plastic waste in Baja California, Mexico. By working with stakeholders along the entire plastic value-chain, we aim to transform key tourism sites in Baja into plastic neutral destinations by 2025.
Hans Herrmann, Co-founder & President
Hans is the former Managing Director and current Senior Associate of the largest international Sustainable Development Think-Tank in Canada — the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). As the Biodiversity Director at the North American Commission for the Environment (CEC), he led the development of a North American biodiversity strategy to conserve species and spaces of common concern, the establishment of a North American network of marine protected areas, and the development of a North American strategy against alien invasive species. He’s the Founding Director of Pronatura Mexico, the largest conservation organization in Latin America, and the Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN). As the Deputy Director at NatureServe Canada and current Principal at the Shearwater Institute, he is advisor and consultant to NGOs, government agencies, and the private sector. His clients include Pronatura’s National System, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Government of Honduras, the Government of Costa Rica, the Office of the Auditor General in Canada, Canada’s Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal.
Carole Monnier Clark, Co-founder & Executive Director
Carole is a communicator, community organizer, and project manager with 10 years of international and multicultural experience. She is passionate about applying people-centered approaches to promote deep system change through social entrepreneurship, circular-economy, creativity & wellbeing. She holds an MBA specializing in communications from the ESLSCA Business School in Paris, France, as well as an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Her long-standing admiration for the ocean as a diver, surfer, and beach-lover translates into a deeply rooted commitment to see positive transformation towards a thriving marine ecosystem.
Felipe Chico Hernández
Felipe is the co-founder of Rodina, a private investment firm and family office based in Mexico City, focused on mid-sized investment projects, providing strong financial and operational support. He has been in charge, along with his brother, of their family’s office, where he led the efforts in a significant number of transactions, mainly in the infrastructure, environmental, real estate, construction, and tourism industries. He is an independent member of the investment committee of one of Mexico’s leading early-stage venture and growth equity capital firms. Additionally, he is a board member in a real estate firm and a US regional banking conglomerate, as well as in Veolia Mexico, a French energy, water, and waste management company and an investment advisory committee member at The Engine, a start-up accelerator emerging from MIT. Felipe holds a finance degree with honours from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Stanford University. He continues to teach finance at his alma mater and contributes to education and environmental causes in Mexico.
Alexa works towards deep systems change through the creation of transformational leadership and learning programs, guiding participants into mindsets of regenerative thinking, collective intelligence and emotional wisdom. As the co-founder of Atlas Unbound, she creates, leads and facilitates immersive experiences into the wilderness in Mexico, guiding CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers in learning and innovating from the wisdom of nature’s systems. Her professional career spans from the realms of immersive experience design to creative strategy, consulting, storytelling and innovation, specifically applied to sustainability and climate-related projects. Alexa is also a passionate writer, photographer, communicator and strategist, and has hosted several exhibitions of her work curated around themes of nature connection and surrendering to the beauty of the wild. Her focus is on creating inspiring content relating to conservation and the climate crisis.
Cordell has spent more than fifteen years creating and rapidly growing successful businesses and organizations that have catalyzed positive social impact at scale. He believes that business can be one of the single greatest forces for good in the world. He has a knack for finding hidden opportunities, launching big ideas, securing commitment and capital, and has an eye for recruiting talent and cultivating world-class teams that ensure excellence in execution, and impact. His experience has consisted of taking on and working in some of the most challenging environments internationally, and his efforts have impacted the lives of millions of people. He takes a design-centric approach to problem-solving and systems change, creating visions and strategies fuelled by passion and creativity, and he architects cultures of respect where teams, partners, and customers alike can thrive. He is currently the Global Development DIrector at Plastic Bank.
Dr. Konstantia Koutouki
Konstantia is a Professor of Law at the Université de Montréal, Executive Director of Nomomente Institute and Lead Counsel for Natural Resources with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law located at McGill University. Her research examines the links between international trade, intellectual property, and environmental protection. She has extensive experience working on issues concerning the social, economic and cultural development of Indigenous and local communities, as well as the preservation of natural spaces and traditional knowledge. She has first-hand experience with Indigenous and local communities around the world, where she has spent much time as a guest and researcher. She has published on the importance of SDG 14, worked with partners in the Philippines towards empowerment of coastal peoples and researched impacts of ocean geoengineering. Most importantly she is a mom to two ocean-loving boys who inspire much of her commitment to ocean ecosystems restoration and preservation.
Miguel Sánchez Navarro Madero
Miguel is the CEO of Fortem Capital I, S.C. is currently the main responsible for the design of the Group's investment strategy. His functions also include detecting, negotiating and structuring the investment opportunities for the Trust in Real Estate. He has been Managing Director at Peninsula de la Baja Real Estate, Chimalhuacán Shopping Plaza, Motors Peninsula (Honda Distributor), Peninsula Motors Group (Toyota Distributor) and worked for 5 years in Noriega and Escobedo. From 2005-2007, he participated as the General Director of Mexico of the Publishers Desconocido On-line and of Libros Libros [Books Books]. He is a member of the council in Club Campestre San José and Regional Counselor for BBVA Bancomer and Banorte. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Anáhuac with a Master's Degree in Instituto de Empresas Madrid. He participated in a specialization program in Real Estate by Harvard Business School (HBS).
Scott is President and CEO of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and is actively engaged in the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. He has been Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS); Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Counsellor, World Trade Organization (WTO). At the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Scott initiated the UNEP Finance Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade and environment. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University, Sustainable Development Law (CISDL).
PLASTIC MARINE DEBRIS
6.3 billion metric tons
of plastic has been thrown away since 1950
of plastic packaging is currently being recycled
of marine litter is plastic
plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world
Plastics have become the ubiquitous workhorse material of the modern economy— combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost. Their use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century and is expected to double again in the next 20 years. Today nearly everyone, everywhere, every day comes into contact with plastics — especially plastic packaging. While delivering many benefits, the current plastics economy has drawbacks thatare becoming more apparent by the day. After a short first-use cycle, 95% of plastic packaging material value, or USD 80–120 billion annually, is lost to the economy.
Marine plastic litter is a global challenge with local ramifications. With an estimated 250,000+ tons of plastic afloat in our oceans, plastic debris is suffocating and critically damaging marine ecosystems, killing marine animals through ingestion and entanglement, and contaminating food webs with PCBs and other toxins.
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