Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo

Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo

Founder & Executive Director, Plastic Punch, GVSE Ambassador

Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo is a trained Merchant Navy Officer from Ghana with a B. Sc. in Nautical Science from the Regional Maritime University, Accra Ghana. In 2013, he wrote his thesis on the viability of marine plastic pollutants as a raw material. He is an active participant at the Coastal Oceanography and Environment School in Nigeria and Ghana where he broadened his knowledge in the marine and ocean sciences. He is now an Instructor and Organiser.

Alongside his activities as a media consultant and producer, Richmond is the Founder and Executive Director of Plastic Punch; an NGO using citizen science to inspire behavioural change and influencing policy direction with evidence-based advocacy as well as coming up with sustainable waste management solutions.

Richmond is an Ocean Engager on the Ocean MOOC, a researcher into marine pollution, ecosystem protection, maritime security, alternative packaging solutions, and climate change.

He was recently honored with the International Art of Living Human Value Award for his contribution to uplifting human values in society and currently serves on the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies management committee of the University of Ghana.

All Sessions by Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
MFCC, Ta'Qali

Our Oceans: Global Dumping Ground or Sustainable Resource?

From raw sewage dumping and unlimited fertilizer run-off to islands of plastic and dying coral reefs, we have traditionally treated our oceans as an infinite and invisible rubbish dump for our industrialized societies, while fishing entire species to extinction, dredging up and destroying the seabed and whole ecosystems as we do so. However, marine biodiversity has increasingly been edging onto the scientific radar, and the realization is gradually dawning that the oceans, properly managed, harbour the answers to life-giving and plentiful sources of food and energy. But are we asking the right questions? Our specialists take a deep dive into these issues and share their knowledge with us.