Hereford, United Kingdom
Hosted by Hidden Plastic
Saturday 29 July
Location: Courtyard Arts Centre, Hereford, United Kingdom
Times: 11:30-5:00 PM
With an overall theme of plastic pollution, the Planeteer Plastic Pollution Summit will be a day of learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution, the real-life solutions already out there working to stop it, and how those attending can make a real impact on stopping it, through their own unique campaigns!
Aimed at 11-16 year olds (exceptions considered-just ask! email email@example.com), you can expect a fun, and inspiring day coming up with ways to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and figuring out how to implement your ideas in the real world.
All participants should bring a packed lunch and refillable water bottle. Snacks will be provided.
Register for this Summit
11:15 – Registration
11:40 – Welcome & Ice-breaker
12:10 – Marine Conservation Society and Plastic’s affects on the environment.
12:45 – All about the Global Plastics Treaty
1:00 – Lunch
1:30 – How to start a campaign, examples of successful youth projects and all about the Planeteer Alliance as a tool
2:15pm – Breakout groups: first thoughts of own campaigns and raise idea to bear in mind over rest of day
2:25 – Artist, Alexander Hamilton about plastic and the Maldives (virtual presentation)
3:00 – Snack break
3:15 – Notpla speaks about their alternatives to plastic made from seaweed
3:35 – Global Plastics Treaty postcards
4:00 – campaign planning
4:30 – Share campaign plans with whole group and opportunities to collaborate/ plans for future
4:50 – Group photo and fill in impact form
Hidden Plastic is Ashton & Zara Hawkins. The organization was founded during the Ocean Heroes Virtual Bootcamp in 2020. They designed their campaign to educate people about the dangers of microplastics (and ocean bound plastic) through a series of ‘dark comedy’ videos, that are now archived on their website HiddenPlastic.org.
Ashton & Zara are currently working on the ‘PepsiCo Interceptor Challenge’ to encourage PepsiCo to sponsor 20 of The Ocean Cleanup Interceptors at a cost of $15.5m. They just started giving public talks about their work with Hidden Plastic, and doing face-to-face campaigning to encourage the public to help with influencing PepsiCo’s CEO. They have released a new video every Friday since Earth Day 2022 on social media – and pledge to keep going until they get a response from PepsiCo.
About this Summit Location
The Courtyard ( https://www.courtyard.org.uk/about-us/ ) is an arts centre based in the heart of Herefordshire. It hosts local productions, events, workshops, and often showcases local artists’ works. It is where we first took film-making classes and learned many skills we now use in Hidden Plastic’s work. Therefore, Hidden Plastic also has a connection to the venue!
The Courtyard has a really friendly feel to it, being a welcoming and easy-to-work-in space. We will be using 3 different rooms for the summit, one of which will have a large screen so that some speakers can join us virtually. The summit will also have an arts-based theme, to compliment the venue, such as making videos for campaigns, turning plastic into art and other forms of artivism!
About the WIND Summit
WIND represents circularity and the potential to transform our global economy from one of extraction and waste of natural resources (linear), to one of continuous reuse and recycling (circular). Plastics, mostly derived from petroleum products, is one product that is causing problems in our environment and is contributing to climate change. This WIND Summit is convening Planeteers in communities around the world to develop campaigns to turn the tide on plastic.
About Planeteer Alliance
Planeteer Alliance is a program of the Captain Planet Foundation, a US-based NGO with the mission of engaging and empowering young people to be problem solvers for the planet.