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Danni Washington, Host of Exploration Nature Knows Best

On March 30th, 2017, the South Carolina Aquarium, in partnership with 5 Gyres Institute and the Lonely Whale Foundation, is hosting Breaking Down Plastic, a single-day event designed to bring people together from around the world to generate collaborative solutions to plastic pollution in our local environments. We are inviting YOUR CLASS to join us for the Breaking Down Plastic Youth Summit, a phenomenal educational opportunity for students to join the conversation on environmental stewardship. This engaging Youth Summit is based on the highly successful youth summit model created by the 5 Gyres Institute. The best part is – you don’t even have to leave your classroom! We’ll bring the Youth Summit directly to you via secure international live stream.

David Stover, Co-Founder of Bureo Inc.


Spark thoughtful discussions about plastic pollution, environmental conservation, and innovation in your classroom. Positive outlooks and ideas shared by YOUTH SUMMIT speakers – the co-founder of a global nonprofit, a plastic-free mermaid, a company that makes “nets into decks,” and a breakout

Keyla Correia, Co-Founder of Plastic Free Mermaids

social media star – will inspire the next generation of progressive citizens and next-level innovators. Designed for middle and high school students considering their place in the world and how they can take small steps to improve it, Breaking Down Plastic’s YOUTH SUMMIT is an essential opportunity.

The speakers will share their stories with students directly in their classrooms through an international live stream, which begins at 10:20 A.M. EST.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Co-Founder & Director of Research at 5 Gyres Institute


For more information or to RSVP for the live stream, please contact Beth Demas at


Join us and engage your students in finding creative solutions for a real-world environmental issue!