Inspiring youths to #beatplasticpollution

This April, 35 children and youths joined forces to understand more about a looming threat to the ocean – plastic pollution.

S.E.A. Aquarium was the proud organiser for the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp Network in Singapore, which sets out to empower youths to conceptualise campaigns to reduce plastic. The main bootcamp is based in Vancouver, British Columbia; and is founded and powered by Captain Planet Foundation, Lonely Whale, and Point Break Foundation. These three leading organizations produce the annual Bootcamp and the yearlong Campaign Mentorship Program.

Through the three-day bootcamp held over three Saturdays in the Maritime Experiential Museum and S.E.A. Aquarium, participants learnt more about plastic pollution through the following six pillars.

We were joined by participants from all walks of life, from students, to working adults, to children as young as 8 who wanted to do their part for the ocean.

Some participants who joined came from the Australia New Zealand (ANZA) Singapore Nippers, volunteers from the National Youth Council (NYC), and other educational institutions.

They were also inspired after seeing the beautiful marine animals in the aquarium, stirring them to take action to preserve the beauty of the ocean.

For the first day of the bootcamp, participants also heard from WildstarsTV, a global, not-for-profit initiative that inspires students to share their conservation projects online.

Founder of WildstarsTV, Ollie Cartwright, flew to Singapore on a pro-bono basis to inspire the students to share their conservation projects via social media. WildstarsTV is creating new platforms to promote biodiversity, including a channel on Twitter @wildstarstv and a video-sharing website:

Participants Clement Loh, Charmaine Hong and Joseph Ang working hard on their project to implement reusable lunch boxes at hawker centres. They made a video to share about their project, in addition to a poster. Click to watch it!

Team Sea Scavengers working on their video to reduce plastic straws as well.

Ang Zyn Yee, the starter of Straw-free Singapore shared about her journey in convincing Food & Beverage industry players to stop plastic straws. To date, she has managed to convince more than 20 F&B establishments in Changi Airport to go straw-lite.

Despite hurting herself in a touch rugby game, Zyn Yee, at 17 years old, shared about her Straw Free Singapore journey. She talked about writing dozens of emails every night, and on friends and pioneers helped in her journey.

Teams working on their campaigns and projects

Check back to read more about the creative campaigns the teams have come up with!

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