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Byron Bay 12-year-old Arlian, better known as Plastic Fee Boy, has been nominated as a NSW Green Globe Award finalist in the Young Sustainable Champion category.

Winners will be announced on October 4.

Arlian has recently returned from speaking and presenting at the Eco Expo in Brisbane, from September 14-16, where he spoke to lots of teachers and kids.

While in Queensland, Arlian also visited schools in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to present his film Plastic Alarm.

The film, made in conjunction with his filmmaker mother Karin Ecker, has now been shown in schools all over Australia and ‘created a positive impact for the environment by schools purchasing reusable packaging for their canteen,’ according to Karin.

Karin was called by Bangalow Pre School recently to say that the kids have been observed to talk about Plastic Free Boy in their imaginary play. Pre Schools are now asking for Plastic Free Boy to come and present, she added.

‘If we get the message into the little kids at that age, it will be a winner for everyone. It is these kids that will make better solutions in their future without a doubt.

‘Pre School teachers from all over have told me that Plastic Free Boy is their new hero,’ Karin said.

Currently Arlian and Karin are working on their second mini feature story Plastic Alarm II for high school students, aiming to show the threats the ocean is facing and how this will affect climate change and us humans.


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