Before leaving, she met with a number of city officials and spoke with Dr Imogen Napper, a member of the University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, and Emily Stevenson, who graduated from the BSc (Hons) Marine Biology course in 2018.
Imogen’s work alongside Professor Richard Thompson OBE has resulted in numerous discoveries which have influenced international thinking around the use of plastics.
They have demonstrated that almost 100,000 microbeads could be released in every application of products such as facial scrubs, that washing clothes can release thousands of microfibers into the environment, and that biodegradable bags can hold a full load of shopping three years after being discarded.
She is also no stranger to epic adventures, having been a scientist on eXXpedition’s North Pacific 2018 voyage and recently having returned from India where she took part in the Sea to Source: Ganges river expedition led by National Geographic.
“Greta is the role model we needed in such pivotal environmental times. Her work is inspiring others internationally to be part of the solution and influence change, and it was a privilege to get the opportunity to meet her.