The thirteenth in a series of conversations on “How can we make a social impact?” with the topic “Collective Action to Tackle the Global Plastic Crisis” presented by Irene Hofmeijer.
The short presentation will be a starting point for a meaningful conversation and explore how we can mobilize as citizens to tackle the growing challenges to our environment, health, and climate by the growing plastic crisis. The following questions will be explored:
- What can I do as an individual to spur systemic change?
Does a fossil-free future mean a plastic-free future – is it possible?
- How can collective action be supported and led by vulnerable populations?
- What can we do as a mobilized collective of change-makers in this arena?
Irene is a passionate environmentalist. Spending extended time in the Peruvian Amazon working with indigenous communities and seeing rivers gorged with plastic pollution motivated her to found Life Out Of Plastic (L.O.O.P.) – a social enterprise that has been mobilizing citizens to take action on plastic pollution in Peru since 2011. Currently she works for EIT Climate-KIC, leading innovation projects addressing the climate change impacts of the plastics crisis.
Beyond plastics, Irene has been active in the climate policy space. She was part of the UNFCCC-COP20 stakeholder engagement team where she advised the then Minister of Environment of Peru and COP20 president, Manuel Pulgar Vidal on youth and gender. At the beginning of her career, Irene designed participatory public health research projects focusing on the intersection of vulnerable populations, climate change, the environment and human health in communities of marginalized urban women in Lima and indigenous communities of the Peruvian Amazon.