16 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2024

Arlian’s plastic film takes him to Asia summit

Latest News

Alternate facts?

According to David Shoebridge of the Greens in a recent sitting in the senate, the UN has named Australia...

Other News

Aid workers killed

I along with the Israeli and Jewish community in general mourn with the rest of the world for the...

Mayor’s Wallum negotiations unsupported

An update on closed-door deals around the controversial Wallum development by Mayor Michael Lyon has been criticised as not providing any commitment, trading one endangered species for another, while also ignoring the input from the Save Wallum group.

Understory: a theatre show connecting kids to nature

Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre, springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays.

Rains, drains, floods

The ABC news and Guardian recently published reports of the potential return of La Niña in 2024 bringing similar...

More children suffer

It is hoped that Byron Council have a local policy that addresses Closing the Gap. This addresses the ongoing...

The Harvest Food Trail Returns for its 8th Year!

Northern Rivers Food’s iconic Harvest Food Trail returns for its eighth year. This delicious self-drive adventure through the heart of the Northern Rivers is happening over four days.

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.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Antisemitic racism

It takes the death of an Aussie, Zomi Frankcom, to remind Prime Minister Albanese that murdering aid workers is not kosher. After all, in...

Transgender rights

Mandy Nolan might be surprised to discover how many women of all political persuasions, feminists or not, are alarmed at what we see as...

Bangalow retaining wall damage

The wall supporting the western end of Deacon Street has failed – opposite the Roman Catholic Church. Fortunately, this type of wall usually collapses...

We wonder why

Living in Byron Shire the majority of people continue to ask why is this organisation continuously letting this community down as far as representing...