The sleepless souls over at Algalita (and 5Gyres) are finding ways to engage the energy and creativity of the world’s youth to help combat the plastic pollution problem that our oceans are facing.

This effort, called the Plastics Are Forever Youth Summit, encourages you to “Find a couple friends and come up with a solution for plastic pollution. Enter the contest, you and your friends could win a trip to come to the Plastics Are Forever Summit taking place on March 11-13, 2011 in Long Beach, CA. If you are one of the 100 students selected, you will join us for the Summit, where we will train you to become a “Plastics Are Forever” expert and join us in find the solutions to plastic pollution!”. GREAT STUFF - makes some of us at the RAP Blog desk wish we weren’t so creepy and old! wink

Watch videos by MTV’s The Buried Life and others, get into the nitty-gritty of the problem (and your yet-to-be-devised solution!), read the FAQ and other pertinent info at the PAF website. It’s a killer website, with lotsa media, maps as well as ideas - AND the opportunity to plug into a solution to one of the oceans’ most dire threats - plastics from you and me.

The odds look pretty good: they are choosing 100 students to attend the Summit in California and participate in expert training to become Plastics Are Forever ambassadors…NICE!

Git right on it!