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Arlian Ecker, aka Plastic Free Boy, will speak at the 2019 Asia Pacific City Summit and Mayors Forum. Photo supplied.

Byron Bay Public student Arlian Ecker, aka Plastic Free Boy, will take to the stage again, and this time he will be talking to mayors from around Asia and the Pacific in July as he brings them his message on plastic.

Arlian’s project began as a school assignment in 2017 about the impact of plastic in the oceans, and with his mother’s help, he made the film called Plastic Alarm.

Since then he has become known as the Plastic Free Boy, and has shown his film not only at his own school, but throughout Australia and Europe, showcasing the problems of and solutions for plastic pollution.

At the upcoming 2019 Asia Pacific City Summit and Mayors Forum, Arlian says he hopes to ‘reach mayors and city leaders and influence their decision making towards a sustainable future for future generations’.

The summit and forum will be held in Brisbane July 7 till 10. For more info on the summit and forum visit www.apcsummit.org.

Awareness and education

‘I hope with their support to share my film Plastic  Alarm in the schools in countries where pollution is a real big problem,’ he said.

‘We need to bring this awareness and education to the kids in schools. From experience, my films really speak to young people as they listen to someone their own age. We are all in this together. The future depends on us kids as much as adults to save our future from the devastating effects of plastic pollution and climate change.

‘I believe we kids can make a big difference.’ 

Arlian will also be talking at the Youth Sustainability Summit in Ipswich later this year, and has been asked to join a leadership forum being put together by the Alstonville Public School on youth citizenship and activism for sustainability on May 6.

Arlian has recently contacted a number of scientists he wants to interview and is looking for places to film underwater to create more content to engage and empower his peers to take charge of their future environment.

Arlian says he is determined to unite kids on the issues of plastic pollution and climate change.

You can help Arlian achieve his goal by becoming his patron.

For more information visiting Plastic Free Boy.

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