Good riddance to plastic!
Mylène Paquette, Lyne Morisette, Eva Frank and Alexis Eisenberg
This Quebecois adventurer is the first person from the American continent to cross the North Atlantic by rowboat. The presence of plastic particularly struck Mylene in her different trips on the ocean and on the St. Lawrence Seaway. She has invested her energy in multiple causes related to the protection of the St Lawrence.
“When crossing the ocean, I realized the impact our actions have on it. Now, I am adopting more and more behaviors to reduce my plastic consumption and limit its presence in the ocean,” she explains. Her desire to reduce waste at the source is one of the primary solutions she engages in, making her a perfect fit as spokesperson for the 2018 Zero Waste Festival.
Lynne Morissette is an ecologist specializing in marine mammals and ecosystems. She is CEO of Expertise Marine and a production company called M - Medias. Growing up along the St. Lawrence Seaway, she became fascinated by marine ecosystems and has been working on protecting them for future generations. She has a doctorate in zoology from the University of British Columbia and has competed two post-docs: one in nature conservation from Arizona State University and another in biodiversity from the University of Guelph. Lyne has travelled the world in her research and now is very involved in Canada, as well as in the Caribbean, Africa and Scandinavia. Recipient of a medal from the Quebec National Assembly for her contribution to advancing ocean science, she received the Rolland Michener prize from the Wildlife Federation of Canada for excellence in conservation work. She also co-hosts the Radio-Canada show, Un Homme À La Mer. Lyne is interested in the phenomenon of plastic on our oceans and since 2010 she has participated in various research projects in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. She is chief scientist for Mission 100 Tonnes, a citizen initiative to remove 100 tonnes of plastic from our waterways.
Following a solo trip of five months in Latin American, Eva took a new path: getting out of the general “too much” of our society. Through the trip, she took on the challenge of living on $7 per day with the goal of returning to basic needs and escaping the permanent overconsumption we experience in our world.
This experience was the trigger that made her realize how uncontrolled her life had been until then: it was necessary to slow down to live better! Uneasy with the idea of returning to her old habits, she decided to ask herself how overconsumption impacted herself, other people, and the environment.
Without having a formal program, in January 2018, she started the citizen initiatives Plogging Montreal and Plastic Attack.
Alexis Eisenberg has a baccalaureate in oceanography and a masters in maritime resource management and has been working in the area of sustainable development for private and governmental organizations for 10 years. In 2016, Alexis founded POLY-MER with the goal of fighting plastic and microplastic pollution of our oceans. The POLY-MER Community project equips people to take part in a citizen-science project to create the first Quebecois database of microplastics, enabling a better understanding of the problem and its sources along the St. Lawrence Seaway.