Welcome to the Oceanriders Podcast: conversations with entrepreneurs, creatives, thinkers and dreamers who happen to be surfers.
Today my guest is all four of them : her name is Eve Isambourg and she is a stunning, brilliant and inspiring young woman from Mauritius. At only 19, she created a movement to raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation. This May, while she was sitting her second year college exams at Sciences Po Paris, she created the "I Speak Blue Too" campaign that went viral.
In this episode, Eve tells us her story, and shares her experience of creating and leading an activist campaign in favor of our oceans. We discuss what it takes to dive into the world of activism, how social media plays a great part and what you learn on the way.
Eve is an accomplished surfer, a model, working as an ambassador for brands who share her values, a blogger, a yoga and zumba teacher, and an ocean activist. She is a warrior fighting for freedom of women, surfing and ocean conservation.
In this episode, Eve tells us her story, and shares her experience of creating and leading an activist campaign that went viral for World Ocean Day in June.
At a tipping point in history for our climate and our planet, we discuss what it takes to dive into the world of activism, how social media plays a great part, how to get your voice picked-up by super famous NGOs (such as 4Ocean, Surfrider and Oceana), and what you learn on the way. Eve has taken her movement one step further and shares with us some key elements of the I Speak Blue Too report that can be downloaded and shared here.
You can find out here how to be a part of the I Speak Blue Too campaign here, as the campaign is still running.
If there is anything to take from this episode, it's the fact that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself, your values and that you have something to say. Just take action like Eve and don’t have any expectations, it’s all a learning curve.
Eve shares her experience into what it takes to become a brand ambassador (it’s easier than you think) as she proudly represents Rip Curl Europe, Savage Clothing, Making Waves Clothing and Belle et Toile.
Eve tells us the story of her most epic surf trip to Scar Reef in Sumbawa Indonesia, and you’ll find out some interesting info on where to go surfing in Mauritius (avoid the posh hotels and the white sandy beaches and you’ll fall in love with the clean reefs of Tamarin).
My apologies for the sound on Eve’s end. I thought that it would be a good idea for Eve to record outside, but it turns out we can hear the chirping of birds, dog barks (and sometimes the neighbors).
Lesson learned folks ;)
If you want to find out more on Eve Isambourg, you can find everything we discussed in the show notes of the episode. You can find them on your listening device (iTunes or Stitcher), on my website www.theoceanriderspodcast.com or on Medium.com where I publish all my episodes too (look for Imi Barneaud or The Oceanriders Podcast).
Talking about dream jobs, since the episode was recorded, Eve’s I Speak Blue Too campaign earned her a place on the Peace Boat that took a bunch of young activists on a transatlantic adventure from Stockholm to the icebergs of Greenland and then on to New York where she held a talk in front of leaders at United Nations!!! When having to chose between getting a job or making jobs, Eve is clearly on the path to making many many jobs.
Her #ISpeakBlueToo campaign also earned her a collaboration with an exclusive range of T-Shirts distributed by Savage Clothing
You can find all the things we mentioned in this episode in the show notes of your app or on my website www.theoceanriderspodcast.com and on medium.com
To connect with Eve, the best place to start is Instagram. She changed her instagram handle this summer, you can look her up @theecoblogger and I really recommend joining her 5000+ followers to get daily inspiration on eco-activism. You can find her articles on her blog www.sharewitheveisambourg.wordpress.com and on her YouTube channel and also on the magazine she collaborates with www.immersion.surf
Thank you ever so much Eve for being such an awesome guest. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did recording it.
In the meantime, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves!