2018 Bootcamp Champions

Steff

  • Hometown: George Town, Cayman Islands
  • Age: 17
  • School: University College of the Cayman Islands

At 17 years old, Estefania (Steff) McDermot has stepped forward as a fierce defender of the blue seas surrounding her home of the Cayman Islands. For generations, her family has dived, fished, and built boats to live on the waters teeming with life, but today it's more common for her to see plastic floating across the harbor, dead coral, algae blooms, and mountains of trash on the beaches.

Steff attended the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp to build international support to back her work to pressure the island nation to take meaningful action to address the problem. This summer, in partnership with Plastic Free Cayman, Steff created the 345 Pledge that provides businesses and individuals a stepwise plan to reducing their plastic consumption by committing to make 3 immediate changes, 4 changes within 6 months, and 5 changes within the next year towards achieving a plastic-free Cayman Island.

Since the 2018 Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, Steff has created and implemented the 345 Pledge with Plastic Free Caymen, and presented lectures on the dilemma of Plastic Pollution at local schools and community meeting. She has also collaborated with the Captain Planet Foundation on the #ArtLovesEarth Influencer Expedition to the Cayman Islands.

Steff's Pitch

Steff in the News!

Steff

Cayman Times – Ocean Hero makes a difference

July 13, 2018

The Cayman Times interviewed Steff about her passion for stopping plastic pollution as well as […]

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Steff scuba diving (TV interview)

Young Caymanian hopes to engage peers in campaign to rid Cayman of polystyrene

June 18, 2018

Steff was featured on local TV station Cayman-27 News! Follow the link to listen or […]

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