Brigitta Gunawan is a member of EarthEcho International's Youth Leadership Council, representing a global network of young ocean advocates driving efforts to protect and restore our ocean planet. She spoke at the plenary hall of the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, addressing member states and distinguished delegates from across the globe after being introduced by the President of Portugal, with the President of France taking the same podium moments after. She also also spoke in two side events during this conference, speaking to the power of youth engagement and intergenerational collaboration.
Brigitta is the founder of 30x30 Indonesia – a movement aiming to educate and mobilize public support towards protecting 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 - utilizing education to address marine issues, restore habitats, and inspire action, which has reached over 10,000 people and garnered the attention of Bali's Provincial Government's Marine and Fisheries Service. She was the youngest member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas who received full sponsorship to attend the Asia Parks Congress in Sabah, Malaysia as a young professional speaking at the Youth Forum.
Having served in an externship with National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy, and a fellowship with EarthEcho International, Brigitta strives to utilize her platform for environmental awareness and has diverse experiences elevating youth voice in the conservation movement. Actively involved in voluntary positions like Formula E, Bye Bye Plastic Bags and leading her school’s first ocean conservation club, she aims to emphasize the intersectionality of different sectors to address environmental issues. She is also a competitive swimmer who was selected as one of 20 athletes for Toyota Indonesia’s “Start Your Impossible” Programme. She is passionate about catalyzing change and leading by example, knowing that it is crucial to take action now.