What have you been doing in 2018?
I made a film with my mum who is a professional film maker. The film is called PLASTIC ALARM (22min long) talking about the problems and solutions of plastic pollution. The film has shown in 125 schools so far in Australia and educated 8432 students. Some of these school I presented the film myself to up to 800 students at the time. Students and teachers started to do beach and school clean ups after seeing my film and improved on their waste management within the school with the money they raised by showing my film.
I was on ABC BTN and THE PROJECT Channel 10. I was nominated for the Green Globe Award NSW this year and was a presenter at the Eco Expo in Brisbane.
Arlian's film 'Plastic Alarm'.
What has been your motivation?
On my 11th birthday I saw 3 sea turtles released back into the ocean. They had been rehabilitated after ingesting plastic. I saw for the first time how fragile the environment is and the impact of us humans has on the environment. I also thought about how fragile us humans are because how micro plastic ends up in the food chain as the tiny plastic particles are consumed by sea life and subsequently consumed by humans who eat the sea food. Plastic Pollution pollutes our waterways and landfill for generations to come. We need to inspire all generations especially the young generations in being informed about these problems and empower them to create solutions.
Arlian with the Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Why is the environment important to you?
The environment is our home. It keeps us alive. Our survival depends on it. We need to protect it. Every second breath we take comes from the ocean.
Arlian at the Green Globe Awards
Any plans for the future?
I want to show my film in ALL schools around Australia, educating young people and empowering them to create an impact in their school environment by also raising money for the school to improve on their waste management.
I am going to speak at the next big ASIA PACIFIC SUMMIT in Brisbane and lots more events about my passion to keep our environment clean and sustainable.
I will also carry my message overseas and link global youth Ambassadors with my cause, showing my film in schools there and creating a global Youth Alliance as we need to see this in the big picture. Australia has an important role to play with our amazing Great Barrier Reef for example.
How do you feel about being a Youth Ambassador for Clean Up Australia?
I feel empowered to make amazing changes and choices for the planet and for the future by being an Ambassador for Clean Up Australia and feel great to be part of this amazing organisation that has taken care of Australian environment for so long.
Why do you think Youth Ambassadors are important?
They are important because they can empower others to create the best solutions as a team and together we can change the world.