In this talk Maureen calls on Pacific people to take back their home and protect their ocean as its guardians.
She shares the experience and mentorship that has helped her forge a new path of activism for the Pacific people and ocean.
Maureen says that the Pacific must be in control of the development decisions that are made for its people and environment if we are to successfully protect the Pacific Ocean.
Maureen Penjueli was born on the island of Rotuma but spent most of her schooling life in Lautoka, Fiji. She undertook the Foundation in Science Programme at the University of the South Pacific and gained a Degree in Australian Environmental Science at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Married with seven children and two dogs, she considers herself a student of life.
Maureen is a dedicated activist, having pursued environmental, social and economic justice issues for over 20 years throughout the region.
She is currently Coordinator for the Pacific
Network on Globalisation (PANG), a leading regional NGO working on trade and economic justice issues.
PANG’s work involves research, lobbying and advocacy with and on behalf of civil society groups, faith-based organisations, communities and customary landowners.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx