From Source to Sea: Innovative Ways to Tackle Marine Pollution

"‘Reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse – and rethink’ how you’re using plastic."

This event focuses on the need to address marine pollution and the speakers urge the audience to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse – and rethink” how they are using plastics. As Naturalist Sir David Attenborough lays out in dramatic, visual terms, “We wouldn’t dream of managing a bank in the way we manage ... view more


Part One: Naturalist Sir David Attenborough lays out in dramatic, visual terms the numerous challenges facing our ocean.


Part Two: Sir David encourages policymakers to agree on targets that will stabilize the loss of nature and biodiversity, especially within our oceans.


Part Three: Talks focus on the need to address marine pollution, and World Bank CEO, Kristalina Georgieva, urges the audience to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse – and rethink” how they are using plastics.


Part Four: Plastic Bank Founder, David Katz, shares how his company is seeking to make plastic waste a currency that transcends poverty, while also stopping the flow of plastic into the oceans.


Part Five: Advocacy Group, Global Citizen, outlines their efforts to curb plastic pollution within the ocean.


Part Six: Chilean Entrepreneur, Thomas Kimber, describes the process of founding a sustainable eyewear brand.


Part Seven: A dynamic panel featuring ministers from Thailand, Norway and Canada, along with PepsiCo ‘s Vice President for Global Sustainability, Roberta Barbieri, and the UN’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, discuss global efforts to curb marine pollution.


Part Eight: The panel discuss the numerous negative externalities that would arise if the current rate of marine pollution continues unabated, and underscore the urgency of forming global partnerships to effectively tackle this issue now.


Part Nine: World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, Laura Tuck, wraps up the event, stating the issue of ocean pollution should be tackled from all angles.

About the Presenters

Sir David Attenborough

Broadcaster, writer, and naturalist

Sir David Attenborough’s broadcasting career spans over six decades during which he has played an extraordinary role both inventing and developing the medium of television and in connecting people to the wonders of the natural world, bringing distant peoples, animals and habitats into living rooms across the planet. As a BBC producer and executive he has played a crucial role creating new forms of programming and scheduling that to this day still influences global broadcasting. In his role as a writer and presenter of natural history programmes, his work includes many iconic productions, from the ground-breaking Zoo Quest series to landmarks including Life on Earth, The Living Planet, The Trials of Life, The Private Life of Plants, Life of Mammals and Planet Earth. Sir David continues to be a powerful voice for the natural world, presenting and narrating a wide range programming and reaching vast global audiences. His latest contribution is Our Planet, a series focusing on the preservation of life on earth.

David Katz

Founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank

David Katz is the founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank. He is globally renowned for The Plastic Bank’s solution to make plastic waste a currency that transcends poverty while stopping the flow of plastic into our oceans. David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse Award for Planetary Health and of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia Community Award. David can be found at and in the award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean. He was recognized in Salt Magazine’s list of The World’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders.

Peter Thomson

UN Special Envoy for the Ocean

Peter Thomson is a Fijian diplomat who served as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations from September 2016 until September 2017. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations between 2010 and 2016. For the year 2014, he was elected President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office of Project Services. He led the Fiji team of diplomats that in 2013 chaired the Group of 77 and China – the UN’s largest negotiating group comprised of 133 developing countries. He was elected as President of the International Seabed Authority’s Assembly in 2011 and as President of its Council in 2015. In October 2017, U.N. Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres appointed Ambassador Thomson as the first UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, a role in which he is driving the implementation of SDG14, the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s goal to conserve and sustainably use the resources of the Ocean.

Laura Tuck

Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank

Laura Tuck assumed the position of World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015. In this role, she oversees the work of the Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas (CCSAs) that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group, and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices and CCSAs under her responsibility include Agriculture; Climate Change; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Public-Private Partnerships; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and ICT; and Water. Before taking this position, Ms.Tuck served for close to two years as Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. During this period, ECA’s lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Her extensive experience in sustainable development includes a decade leading the Bank’s work in this area in two regions. Between 2002 and 2006 she was the Director for Sustainable Development in ECA and, from 2006 to 2011, she held the same position in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. She then became Director of Strategy and Operations supporting the Regional Vice President in the Middle East and North Africa region, followed by a stint in the same position in ECA.

Surasak Karnjanarat

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand

H.E. General Surasak Karnjanarat (Ret.) was appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand in 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was Minister of Labor from 2014-2015. General Surasak graduated from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Army Command and General Staff College, National Defence College. He started his career as an Army officer and prior to his retirement held various roles at the Ministry of Defence, including Battalion Commander, Director of the Directorate of Civil Affairs, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. As Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, he has integrated environmental issues into Thailand’s National Strategy, and National Reform Plans. These plans aim to maintain security and create a balance between conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in Thailand. Thailand assumed the chair of ASEAN in 2019 and General Surasak has worked to boost collaboration among ASEAN Member States to tackle marine plastic pollution in the ASEAN region. He convened a Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Marine Debris to provide a platform to explore and pursue concrete actions on combating marine pollution.

Catherine McKenna

Minister of Environment and Climate Change in Canada

Catherine McKenna was elected as the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre on October 19, 2015, and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change shortly thereafter. She helped negotiate the Paris Agreement and secured Canada’s first plan with provinces, territories and Indigenous peoples to address climate change and grow a clean economy. Before entering politics, Catherine practiced competition and international trade law with leading firms in Canada and Indonesia, and was senior negotiator with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission on the Timor Sea Treaty. She co-founded Level Justice, a charity that levels the playing field and increases access to justice for marginalized communities worldwide. She served as Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a public policy organization for young leaders, and taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and McGill Law School; and is called to the Bars of Ontario and New York State. Catherine and her husband live in Ottawa with their three children and their dog Skoki. During her free time, she can be found in the water - swimming, canoeing or kayaking.

Kristalina Georgieva

Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank

From February 1, 2019 to April 8, 2019, Georgieva was the Interim President for the World Bank Group. As Interim President, Georgieva was responsible for the World Bank Group’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity around the world. As CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association since January 2017, Georgieva has built support across the international community to mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and to create better opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable people. Previously Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union starting in 2010, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, where she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets and established herself as a global champion for resilience. As the European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, Georgieva oversaw the European Union's €161 billion (US $175bn) budget and 33,000 staff across its institutions around the world, and tripled funding available to the refugee crisis in Europe. Georgieva has built a reputation as a gender equality champion, humanitarian, and leader in the global fight against climate change. As co-chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation, she is working alongside Ban Ki-Moon and Bill Gates to bring the issue of climate change adaptation on equal footing with mitigation on the policy agenda. At the World Bank and the European Commission, she has driven progress on gender balance, pushing toward a target of 40 percent women in management by 2019 at the European Commission, and achieving parity in senior management at the World Bank. And as co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, she secured the adoption of a much more effective system to meet the needs of record numbers of vulnerable people.

Roberta Barbieri

Vice President for Global Sustainability, PepsiCo

Roberta Barbieri is PepsiCo’s Vice President for Global Sustainability with over 20 years of experience in environmental sustainability. In her role with PepsiCo, Roberta is accountable for executing PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose sustainability strategy, with specific responsibility for integration of sustainability into core business processes, and for delivery of PepsiCo’s goals on Climate, Water Stewardship, Waste, and Sustainable Packaging. Before joining PepsiCo, Roberta worked for Diageo, where she held the position of Global Environmental Director and served as the principal architect of Diageo's Global Environmental Sustainability strategy. Roberta currently serves on the steering committees of the 2030 Water Resources Group and the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastics Action Partnership. She is past chair of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable’s Water Working Group and has served on the steering committee for the CEO Water Mandate. Roberta holds an MS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven, as well as a BS in Environmental Conservation and International Studies from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her native English, Roberta speaks Spanish and Italian.

Dag-Inge Ulstein

Minister of International Development, Norway

Dag-Inge Ulstein was a member of the Bergen City Council with responsibility for finance, innovation and real estate from 2015 to 2019. Before that, he had responsibility for social services, housing and local area development on the City Council from 2013 to 2014. He has also worked as general manager and counsellor at the Haraldsplass discussion therapy center in Bergen from 2012 to 2014. Mr Ulstein is deeply committed to the work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), international solidarity and justice.

Sophie Hollingsworth

Environment and Oceans Lead, Global Citizen

Captain Sophie Hollingsworth is the ocean and environment consultant for Global Citizen and leads Global Citizen’s oceans campaigns. A former maritime professional, Capt. Sophie has sailed across oceans witnessing ocean sustainability and governance challenges first hand and holds a 200-ton captains license. At the time of her certification, she was the youngest female to ever obtain a 200-ton MCA Yachtmaster captains license. She is a Fulbright Scholar, studied environmental science at NYU, and health security with a concentration in biodefense and bioterrorism at the University of Sydney and Harvard Kennedy School.

Thomas Kimber

Founder, Karün

Inspired in Patagonia and always being connected to nature, Thomas has been an entrepreneur since he was 18 years old. Convinced in proving through example that it is possible to build an alternative business logic; one in harmony with our natural environment, he has founded and co-founded different projects that promote a sustainable development: he founded the first sustainability website in Chile:, he co-founded the biggest native reforestation in Chile’s history: Reforestemos Patagonia and founded the sustainable eyewear brand, Karün. His entrepreneurships have gotten national and international recognition and Karün sunglasses have been worn by important world leaders as a symbol of change and the different point of view we must have on our society. He is currently focused in Karün, where he spends his time travelling through Sweden, Italy and Chile always looking for time to spend in nature.