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James is the Co-founder and Chair of The Redford Center, a non-profit media entity that engages people though inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action. Among many of it’s functions, the center’s documentary film projects include WATERSHED, FIGHTING GOLIATH and THE ART OF ACTIVISM.
James Redford writes, produces and directs for Film and Television. Prior to completing “HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution” for HBO, Jamies’ other HBO films include “TOXIC HOT SEAT”, “THE BIG PICTURE: Rethinking Dyslexia”, “MANN V. FORD” and “THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS”. While completing “HAPPENING”, James traveled the world as an American Film Showcase ambassador with his two award-winning documentary films. RESILIENCE: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” as well as “PAPER TIGERS.”
Jaden Smith is an actor musician and activist based in Los Angeles California. Jaden is a co-founder of 501CTHREE, along with Drew FitzGerald, a non-profit dedicated to driving innovation, engineering and advocacy of solutions around global energy water and food challenges. Their first projects are in water filtration and water recycling in Flint, MI and Los Angeles, CA
Jaden is one of the co-founders of JUST: a company formed to drive positive social and environmental impact in everyday items while creating sustainable awareness around energy food and water. Their first product – JUST water- was created to reduce both plastic utilization and emissions in bottled water packaging. The company also was an innovator in water sourcing engaging in a public- private partnership to ensure a product that is ethically sourced and conserved. Smith made his big screen acting debut in “The Pursuit of Happyness” in 2006 starring opposite his father. Other film credits include “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the box office hit “The Karate Kid”, and “After Earth.” Smith can also be seen in Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix period drama “The Get Down” and Magnolia Pictures’ “Skate Kitchen” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was released on August 10, 2018.
Emmy Award-winning host of YouTube’s “Brave Wilderness” and star of the new Animal Planet Series “Brave the Wild”, Coyote Peterson has spent his life getting up close with animals to uncover the true stories behind some of our planet’s most misunderstood creatures. Driven by a desire to educate the world about animals, Coyote combines his passion for writing and filmmaking to foster a future that conserves environments and their species, while leading audiences of all ages through exciting outdoor adventures!
Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze
Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze are the Co-Founders of 4ocean, a purpose-driven business with a mission to clean the ocean and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits on land. With the goal of creating an economy around cleaning the ocean, 4ocean built a sustainable business model that allows them to efficiently scale, create jobs, fund cleanups and make a monthly donation to marine conservation organizations. Ocean cleanups are funded entirely through product purchases, including bracelets made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials and single-use plastic alternatives. 4ocean removes one pound of trash from the ocean for every product purchased, pulling more than 7 million pounds of trash since the company was founded in January 2017.
Andrew and Alex met at Florida Atlantic University, where they earned a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. After embarking on a surf trip to Bali, they found a devastating amount of plastic and garbage on the beach, opening their eyes to the magnitude of the crisis. They returned home with an urgent desire to clean the world’s oceans and founded 4ocean several months later. Andrew and Alex have been named Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs of 2019 and Newsweek’s Creative Class of 2019 and served as The Washington Post Live’s Oceans in Crisis guest speakers.
Chloe-Mei Espinosa’s passion for scuba diving among tropical reefs inspired her work to protect the oceans by reducing plastic-straw pollution. In April 2018, Chloe-Mei researched and created her own campaign and website, skiptheplasticstraw.com, as part of her 6th grade school project to educate people about the harmful effects of single-use plastic straws. To date, Chloe-Mei has presented to more than 1,000 youth and adults on the harmful effects of plastic straws, and has nearly 1,300 pledges on her website from people who have committed to not using single-use plastic straws. She has also convinced an outdoor science institute, her school district and another two school districts (total of 128 schools), and two hospitals in Orange County to join her campaign and stop using plastic straws in all of their cafeterias.
In recognition of her achievements, Chloe-Mei has been awarded Young Superhero for Earth Award 2018 by Captain Planet Foundation, Young Philanthropist Award 2019 by Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach and Ocean Hero Award 2019 by OCEANA. She was named by The Orange County Register as one of the Top 100 Influencers in 2018 in Orange County. Chloe-Mei was also selected to be on the Delta Green Up Youth Advisory Board in 2019, working with other youths to help make Delta Air Lines a more sustainable airline.
Now, 13 years old and an 8th grader in Newport Beach, California, Chloe-Mei continues to do her part to educate youth about the harmful effects of single-use plastics, and hopes to convince more people to Skip the Plastic Straw with her.
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