Get to know Mariasole Bianco

    Ocean conservationist, communicator and North Sails' brand ambassador. 

    Mariasole is a national and international reference for policies related to the protection and conservation of the marine environment, sustainable development and young professionals empowerment as leaders in nature conservation.

    Her greatest passion has always been the sea, or rather the defense of the sea. One of her favorite quote is: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”( Baba Dioum, 1968.)

    This is the reason why Mariasole felt the responsibility as a scientist to communicate the wonders of the underwater world to the general public and the issues affecting the health of the ocean to build awareness about the need for its protection.

    She decided to become a voice for the ocean.


    In 2013 Mariasole founded and became the president of Worldrise, a non-profit organization that develops and implements marine conservation projects focused on awareness building, education, creativity, and behavioral change.
    Worldrise projects involve young leaders and new generations in order to facilitate the acquirement of professional knowledge and skills, and educate the future guardians and custodians of our natural heritage.
    Learn more about how Worldrise acts for nature:

    Worldrise & North Sails - #GoBeyondPlastic

    In 2018 Worldrise has partnered with North Sails on a wide range of activities (film screenings, flash mobs, beach cleaning) to build awareness about plastic pollution with the general public and in schools with the #Batti5 project to educate and empower younger generations to be both ambassadors and change makers for the plastic pollution problem in our ocean. After an initial introductory lecture on the impacts of plastic, the children participate in a beach clean-up and attend a creative workshop where they turn the plastic collected into art. 


    Mariasole has been involved in the organization and has been a speaker of the major international conferences related to nature conservation and she has also become a point of reference for the involvement and engagement of young professionals in the international conservation and a strong promoter of the importance of intergenerational knowledge sharing and cooperation.

    Mariasole has the global honorary role as Young Professionals Vice Chair for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).


    Mariasole's passion and enthusiasm for nature conservation attract others around her with the same desire to act and protect our planet and for this reason she has been awarded many prizes (Premio Atlantide, Premio D’abruzzo per l’ambiente and Premio Fraternità) including the recognition in 2015 by the American magazine Origin as one of the 100 OCEAN HEROES.


    Mariasole is the expert oceanographer in the TV program “Kilimangiaro” of the Italian national broadcasting company Rai 3 and is often a guest of other main Italian TV networks as an expert on ocean-related issues: among her appearances,
    “Speciale Tg1”, “Speciale Tg2”, “Petrolio” (Rai1), “In Onda” (La7) as an expert communicator of ocean and climate change-related issues.
    She also was interviewed by my many national and international radios, newspapers and weekly magazines such as Corriere della Sera, Sole 24Ore, La Repubblica, Radio24, Il Vostro Quotidiano, ANSA, SBS Australia, Unità, Quotidiano Nazionale, La Nuova Sardegna, LifeGate, F and Cosmopolitan.

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