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AGE:  27
HERITAGE:  Bahamas
CATEGORY:   Environmental Leadership
PROFESSION/ORGANIZATION:  Bahamas Plastic Movement

Kristal Ambrose also known as ‘Kristal Ocean’ is an environmental scientist studying marine debris and plastic pollution in The Bahamas. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean in 2012 to study the Western Garbage Patch, Kristal was inspired to return home to The Bahamas to spark a plastic pollution revolution. For the past two and a half years she has been working diligently on plastic pollution research and education in her country.

In 2013, she began The Plastic Beach Project; a citizen science based initiative that studies plastic concentrations on beaches in The Bahamas. Her passion for the issue led her to develop and launch The Bahamas Plastic Movement. Since embarking on her journey to change with The Bahamas Plastic Movement, she has brought awareness of the issue to thousands locally and globally.Most recently she was awarded the 2014 Environmental Youth Leader Award from The Government of The Bahamas for her efforts in the field of plastic pollution.

Kristal is a courageous young woman who single handedly runs her very own non-profit organization Bahamas Plastic Movement. By forming partnerships with students across the world but namely in The Bahamas, she empowers them to use their voices and take action against plastic pollution in an effort to preserve the ecological heritage of the oceans.