Marian Frances Ledesma
Ms. Marian Frances Ledesma, prior to her current role of as Zero Waste Campaigner, worked as the Climate Justice and Liability campaign coordinator at Greenpeace and the Sustainable Food campaign. She was a product development supervisor at Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) managing post-disaster development projects to rehabilitate livelihoods and communities after supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and designing programs for community development, environmental and microfinance initiatives. She also has experience as a research officer for the aforementioned initiatives, and has worked in the healthcare sector as a registered nurse.
“We can mitigate climate change by reducing or eliminating the production and reliance on single-use plastics, which have a carbon-intensive life cycle. We have existing models showing how we can shift away from plastics. Through a just transition to reuse systems, the Philippines can go from being a sachet economy experiencing the harsh impacts of the climate and plastic crises to being a leader in and champion for plastic-free systems suitable for replication in other developing nations.”