Congratulations to our 2021 Challenge participants!
“The Ripple” by Shannon Germaine (Ann Arbor, MI)
“I Live Here” Category
Highest Distinction: “Even Little Things” by Natalia Vowles (Aptos, CA)
High Distinction: “Island Home” by Ethan Juarez, Boedy Tapia, Eliseo Hayes (Kapolei, HI)
Distinction: “Home is Where the Water Runs Clean” by Grace Emery (New Albany, OH)
“I’m Not Who You Think I Am, I’m an Environmentalist” Category
Highest Distinction: “Divest” by Magdalena Meyers-Dahlkamp (Oakland, CA)
High Distinction: “Bottle, Bottle” by Ty Juene (Dover, MA)
Distinction: “Greenswell” by Jamie Tarrow (Maplewood, NJ)
Highest Distinction: “Our Future” by Eloise Sent (Tiburon, CA)
High Distinction: “Nature” by Isabella O’Brien (Fairfax, CA)
Distinction: “Environmentalism in My Garden” by Phoebe Wang (Moorestown, NJ)
Nautilus Science Prize
“One Step Closer” by Annabelle VanderMarck and Piper Lasater (San Francisco, CA)
Also, watch Redford Center Executive Director, Jill Tidman, Coyote Peterson and John Steele of Nautilus Magazine celebrate this year’s annual Redford Center Stories Challenge and announce the 2021 award recipients!
Thank You 2021 Redford Center Stories Challenge Judges!
Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Redford Center
Co-Founder, Redford Center
Sibylle Szaggars Redford
Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives
YouTube Personality, Host of Animal Planet’s “Brave The Wild"
Executive Director, Future Coalition
Faith E. Briggs
National Geographic Explorer
Dr. Elizabeth Kapuʻuwailani Lindsey is the first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society. Her adventurous spirit and her passion for social, environmental and cultural justice, have taken her around the world as a conservationist of indigenous wisdom. Her keen insights and first-hand accounts from the world's most fragile regions are reshaping Western perspectives on global leadership and cultural evolution.
With an unwavering commitment and a unique perspective, the award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist offers her international audiences an intimate glimpse into these unsung societies. Her tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. Dr. Lindsey has been the recipient of numerous top honors including the prestigious CINE Eagle, for her documentary film "Then There Were None, which she wrote, directed, and produced. This remarkable film chronicles the near extinction of native Hawaiians and is considered a Hawaiian history classic.
The former Miss Hawaiʻi has served on international boards, including the Tibet Fund for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and has worked with the United Nations on behalf of environmental refugees faced with the punishing realities of the climate crisis. Dr. Lindsey has also created scholarships for children in India and the Pacific. When asked about her aspirations for the future, Dr. Lindsey simply says, “Having lived among the most humble and masterful mentors of our time, this I know, the mantle has been passed. WE are now the Navigators.”
Chloe Mei Espinosa & Ella Lin Espinosa
Chloe Mei Espinosa’s passion for scuba diving inspired her work to protect the oceans by reducing plastic-straw pollution. In April 2018 Chloe Mei, now a 14-year old high schooler, researched and created her own campaign, website (skiptheplasticstraw.com), and Instagram (@skiptheplasticstraw) 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 2,000 youth and adults at schools and youth camps on the harmful effects of single-use plastic straws, and has convinced an outdoor science institute, five school districts (for a total of 245 schools), and two hospitals in Orange County to join her campaign and stop using plastic straws in all of their cafeterias. In recognition of Chloe Mei's achievements, she has been awarded Young Superhero for Earth Award 2018 by Captain Planet Foundation, Junior Philanthropist Award 2019 by Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Ocean Hero Award 2019 by OCEANA and TIME/Nickelodeon Top 20 Finalist Kid of the Year 2020 Award. She was also named one of Orange County’s Top 100 Influencers in 2018 and again in 2020 by The Orange County Register.
Ella Lin Espinosa, her 12-year old sister, works with her on the Skip the Plastic Straw Campaign, presenting to youth groups and helping with the design and artwork for the campaign. Both sisters attended Ocean Heroes Virtual Bootcamp 2020, organized by Lonely Whale and Captain Planet Foundation, which helped them to enhance their knowledge on plastic pollution and equipped them with tools to grow their campaign. During the pandemic, Chloe Mei and Ella Lin created and launched Skip the Plastic Straw YouTube Channel as The Sustainable Sisters. They wanted to create another platform that reaches out to people to share ways they can lead a more sustainable life, as well as to help promote eco-friendly brands. The sisters create, film and edit the videos on their own. They also successfully organized their first-ever Skip the Plastic Straw Global Cleanup Virtual Challenge during Coastal Cleanup Month (September 2020) with the organization Litterati; together, the two sisters along with participants from around the world – including USA, Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, Philippines, Pakistan, Africa, and Singapore – picked up 11,361 pieces of trash in just one month. In recognition of their cleanup efforts, the Sustainable Sisters were featured on ABC News in December 2020 on Giving Tuesday.
The sisters are passionate environmental advocates and hope to continue to do their part to educate people about the harmful effects of single-use plastics through presentations and their videos, and to convince more people and organizations to join them to Skip the Plastic Straw.