John Abad, 17, lives in Lima, Peru and has engaged in extensive data collection and research relating to pollution along Peru’s coasts. John founded the organization Save Our Planet in Lima, Peru which has been leading beach and river clean ups for over three years and raising awareness about the effects of plastic pollution. John has recorded many environmental problems such as air pollution in one of the most contaminated cities in the world: La Oroya. Apart from that, he has documented river pollution in the Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. John has received recognitions that have amplified his efforts such as Action for Nature’s International Young Eco-Hero Award and Plastic Tides’ Global Youth Leadership Award. His dream is to expand environmental consciousness by creating “an army of positive environmental leaders today to ensure that tomorrow we’ll keep our beloved Earth healthy.” In addition to serving on the YAC, John also serves as a Planeteer Alliance Ambassador.