The Global Co Lab Network partnered with Arlingtonian Miriam Gennari and her documentary StyrofoamMom as well as JBGSmith to host a fabulous event April 6, 2019 celebrating the Teen Eco Action Network, a Co Lab partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons to build earth optimism led by teens, attended by an intergenerational gathering of 170 people.

JBGSmith donated its beautiful new space at National Landing in Arlington’s Crystal City and provided delicious food and drink as some twenty teen environmental clubs and environmental organizations presented their work in table top presentations, followed by Teen Eco Action Network presentations on plastics, hunger, and climate change. The Co Lab’s Teens Dream winners were announced and then the fabulous documentary StyrofoamMom was aired followed by Co Lab discussions.

Grateful to sponsor organizations including Alexandria Toyota, Radley Acura, Crystal City Bid, and Arlington Independent Media who with many generous individuals helped raise funds for the Co Lab to amplify youth voices. See this fabulous video of the event which includes teens interviewing Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey and Arlington School Board Chair Reid Goldstein.

Teens are leading action globally working in virtual rooms to fight plastics, climate change and hunger, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Join the Co Lab as it prepares for the next Teen Eco Action Network free event May 18th 1-4 pm at the National Zoo’s beautiful Conservation Pavillion.