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Plastic free boy Arlian and his friend Koah outside Byron Woolworths on Sunday. They were raising awareness of the dangers of plastic on the ocean. Photo supplied.
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Taking to the airwaves, speaking at film festivals and appearing on TV are just some of the experiences that Arlian Ecker’s is having making his film ‘Plastic Alarm’.

Starting out as a school project Arlian wanted to highlight the dangers of plastic in the oceans. Taking the turtle as his key marine animal he has been working with his film maker mother, Karin Ecker, to make a film highlighting the dangers of plastic in the ocean for turtles and other marine life.

Learning more about the danger of plastic everyday Arlian and his friends set up a stall outside Byron Bay’s Woolworths to highlight the issue to customers. Raising awareness, and some much needed funds to continue working on his film, he hopes that he has changed the shopping habits of some customers by suggesting alternative bags such as the Boomerang bag to them.

‘He is convinced then when he connects to enough children around the world they will become a big voice to protect their future,’ said Karin.

Arlian has interviewed surf legend and local Byron shire resident Dave Rastovich as part of his file and is hoping to interview one of his idol’s Chris Hemsworth, who is already active in Parley for the Ocean.

‘The growth I see in Arlian, and the leadership he takes on in this makes me very proud and gives me hope for their future. As a mother and film maker I love to empower his voice as he really comes from a place of care,’ continued Karin.

Arlian has been interviewed for an ABC kids series as ‘Plastic Free Boy’ as well as being contacted by the producer of ABC series ‘War on Waste’ to potentially be included in their series.

Connecting with children around the world Arlian hopes they will become a big voice to protect their future.

The department of education has endorsed the film calling it ’the perfect catalyst for students in schools with a call to action.’

If you are interested in getting involved in the film then contact Arlian and his mum on their Facebook page

If you would like to donate to support Arlian’s film you can make a tax deductible donation here.

Find out more by watching his trailer here.

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