A Teenager’s Guide To Saving The World - Insight From Lilly’s Plastic Pickup and Princess Theodora von Liechtenstein | Shaped By The Sea

November 4, 2020

The next generation of coastal advocates speak out

Imagine a future where single-use plastics only exist in historical museums, as relics that remind us of society's past mistakes. This is more than just Lilly's dream, it's her goal to achieve this. On today's episode of Shaped By The Sea, host Brian Yurasits learns from two inspiring students, Lilly Platt and H.S.H Princess Theodora von Liechtenstein, what it takes to protect biodiversity and clean the ocean. Both Lilly and Theodora have captivating stories to tell about their journeys in founding Lilly's Plastic Pickup, and Green Teen Team, and the lessons they've learned along the way. Plus, we explore whether or not students should skip school to protest climate change, why you should never listen to bullies, and how students who care about environmental issues can act locally to help.

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Brian Yurasits

A scientist - surfer- fisherman hybrid, Brian is on a mission to unite the world in protecting our planet's most valuable resource: a healthy ocean. At a young age, Brian taught himself how to surf while enjoying fishing on the weekends with his family. After spending time at NYU and Stony Brook University studying marine conservation and policy, Brian took to the sea as a fisheries observer where he documented the impact of industrial fishing on The Atlantic Ocean. The complex nature of the world's fishing industry has always fascinated Brian, especially the relationship between fishers and scientists. Brian realized that he could bridge the gap between these two historically combative groups, by bringing both to the table to discuss the future of fishing. Brian now finds himself working as Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager at Seacoast Science Center in New Hampshire where he is facilitating the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals.