Register for the Kids' Virtual Act-Athon on Thurs, June 25th at 2 PM ET

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Building on our successful Plastic Pollution Webinar for Kids in May, Beyond Plastics and Green Ivy Schools invite kids ages 7-13 to participate in a Virtual Plastic Pollution Act-Athon on June 25th at 2 PM ET! Join other young people in using your creativity and passion to send a message to the biggest producers of plastic pollution that they need to fix the plastic pollution mess they've made.

Once they've registered, participants will choose from four projects led by teams of experienced and passionate youth mentors (see their bios here!) to work on in small groups during the Zoom Act-Athon.

PREVIEW THE PROJECTS


Team Clear Oceans: Save the Oceans from Microplastic!
Mentors: Mary Lempres and Fionn Ferreira

Because plastic gets into our water supply, our oceans now contain millions of tiny pieces of microplastic in every cubic meter of water (that’s about how much fills your bathtub). Microplastic is like dust - it’s so small you can barely see it. The tiny particles get consumed by sea creatures which end up in our global food chain (including the food we eat!)

Join mentors Mary and Fionn to develop a creative visual campaign --think photos, video, artwork, and graphics -- to raise awareness and help stop microplastic pollution of our water supply. These visuals will be shared via social media.

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Team Nestlé Bottle Ban: Stop Nestlé from Polluting with Plastic!
Mentors: Joanna Argudo and Olivia Chiossone

Did you know that Nestlé (yes, the same company that makes chocolate and sooo much more!) is one of the biggest plastic polluters in the world? And that one of Nestlé’s most popular products is water, sold in single-use plastic bottles all over the world.

Join mentors Olivia and Joanna in telling Nestlé it’s time to stop making plastic water bottles. Team Nestle Bottle Ban will be working creatively (drawing, painting, digital art) and persuasively to send a message to Nestle, influencers, and customers like schools, sports teams, politicians, and more, asking them to stop packaging their products in single-use plastic. All artwork and public messages will be shared on social media.

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Team Coca-Cola Cleanup: Make Coca-Cola Responsible for its Mess!
Mentors: Maya Faulstitch and Leela Sotsky

Did you know that Coca Cola is the #1 plastic polluter in the world, producing 3 million tons of plastic every year? That leaves the public with a big plastic mess. But who is responsible for cleaning up that mess? Right now, it’s governments and citizens but there is a policy called “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR) which means that whoever makes the mess has to clean it up (including paying for that cleanup).

Join mentors Maya and Leela in telling Coca Cola that it’s time for them to take responsibility for the pollution they’ve created. Team Coca Cola Clean-Up will combine poetry and persuasive writing in a social media campaign that educates the public about Coca Cola’s polluting behavior and asks everyone to unite in putting a stop to it.

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Team Eco-Hero: Design a Superhero to Fight Plastic Pollution!
Mentors: Nyah Alexis, Srichchha Pradhan, and Madeline Canfield

Do you have a favorite superhero? The world really needs a new one right now to fight one of our most dangerous villains, plastic pollution. Join mentors Nyah, Srichchha, and Madeline in building the world’s first plastic pollution hero. This hero will need special powers, a catchphrase, and a distinctive look - maybe even a theme song…

Team Eco-Hero will design a hero that confronts companies, politicians, and others who are polluting the Earth with plastic, telling them to stop and helping them understand how much their pollution is hurting our environment. We need artists, creative writers, and planners!

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Once you've registered for the Act-Athon, you'll receive a confirmation email that includes the Zoom log in and a link you can use to let us know what project(s) you're most excited to work on.

SEE WHERE OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE FROM


We are excited to see kids joining us from all around the country! Click the map to zoom in.

MEET OUR FACILITATORS


The Act-Athon will be facilitated by Jennifer Congdon, development director of Beyond Plastics, Dr. Jennifer Jones, founder of Green Ivy Schools, and Olivia Chiossone, student at Bennington College, class of '23.

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