ADDING MULTIMEDIA Dopper Foundation and National Geographic Encounter Unveil a Replica of the Brooklyn Bridge in Times Square Made with 5,000 Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today on World Oceans Day, the Dopper
Foundation
unveiled its Plastic Bridge interactive art
installation in New York City’s Shubert Alley in the Times Square
district, in collaboration with National
Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
, an entertaining and immersive
adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of
California.

Measuring 30 feet wide by 11 feet tall, the plastic replica of the
Brooklyn Bridge is built by Burning Man Artist Colin Hendee and is made
with 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles, which were collected by New
Yorkers and Sure
We Can
, a nonprofit recycling center in Brooklyn. National
Geographic Explorer & Artist Asher
Jay
also incorporated 50 of her recycled bottles into the replica.
Jay has a permanent exhibit on display at Encounter titled Message In
a Bottle,
a series of painted plastic bottles collected from the
world’s beaches.

The Plastic Bridge installation officially launches Dopper
Foundation’s Plastic Bridge Project, a global educational initiative
that encourages children to step into a lifestyle free of single-use
plastic water bottles, since they are the next generation of
environmental changemakers. With the goal to turn the tide on plastics
in the world’s oceans, to reduce the use of disposable plastic water
bottles, and to provide access to safe drinking water for all, Dopper
Foundation is working with Encounter and other inspirational leaders
across various industries to spread the important message of ending the
use of single-use plastic water bottles.

“Around the world, nearly one million plastic beverage bottles are sold
every minute. That is equivalent to building the Brooklyn Bridge out of
single use plastic bottles, and our Plastic Bridge replica represents
the scale of bottles sold in a split second – 5,000,” said Merijn
Everaarts
, founder Dopper Foundation. “Building a bridge is a
metaphor – if you want to bridge the gap from bad habits to good habits,
you need to explain how we can reach goals by making small steps in the
right direction. When you want to change someone’s behavior, you can
show them statistics, but I believe you need an emotional reaction to
make a change. Inspiration makes an impact. That’s why we at Dopper
Foundation use multiple art forms in this project – to inspire, to move
and to show that we need to do better,” added Everaarts.

“National Geographic’s recently launched ‘Planet or Plastic’ multiyear
initiative is a dedicated effort to raise awareness about the global
plastic trash crisis with the goal to reduce single-use plastics. Coming
off the heels of this committed program, we are thrilled to collaborate
with Dopper Foundation today on World Oceans Day to bring awareness to
ocean sustainability,” said Lisa Truitt, Chief Creative Officer of SPE
Partners, creators and developers of National Geographic Encounter. “Our
goal is to create entertainment with a purpose and to provide an
opportunity for guests to take individual pledges, make a difference in
ocean conservation, and discover how everyone can be a champion for our
oceans in everyday life.”

After World Oceans Day at Encounter and throughout the summer, Dopper
Foundation’s Bridge will travel around New York City and visit
several primary schools including The Earth School, P.S. 15 Patrick F.
Daly School and McBurney YMCA Summer camp. The Plastic Bridge Project
will educate hundreds of students about plastic pollution, using all
kinds of art forms including classes with Asher Jay, a book reading of Stella
& Stinky and the Plastic Soup,
and a play by the theatre group
Droogwater called “WOW, the sea is made of plastic.” The goal of
the tour is to teach children about plastic pollution in a fun and
interactive way and inspire them to make positives changes in their
daily lives – from art to impact.

Next year on World Oceans Day, the Plastic Bridge Project will move to a
different country to continue spreading the message throughout the globe.

“The Plastic Bridge Project and my installation, Message In a Bottle,
at National Geographic Encounter use the same motif, a PET bottle, to
convey the impact of consumer choices on our world’s oceans. We’re
thrilled to collaborate with Dopper Foundation to strengthen the premise
I created the work with. Individually we can tell stories, but together
we can change the narrative. This is why we are also launching
MakeYourOwnBottle.com today on World Oceans Day, a global platform where
people can submit their own ‘Message in a Bottle.’ By World Oceans Day
2019, 365 days from the launch of the campaign, the most popular 365
bottles submitted by kids worldwide will be exhibited at Encounter,”
said Asher Jay, National Geographic Explorer & Artist.

National Geographic Encounter helps to support the National Geographic
Society’s critical works around the globe. By returning a portion of its
proceeds to the non-profit work of the Society, National Geographic
Partners contributes to the Society’s critical work of exploring,
understanding and protecting our ocean through scientific grants and
programs. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.

For more information on Dopper Foundation and the Plastic Bridge
Project, visit https://dopper.com/usa/plastic-bridge.

For more information, visit https://natgeoencounter.com
or follow on Facebook,
Instagram
and Twitter
@NatGeoENCOUNTER.

About Dopper Foundation

Crystal-clear water from tap to ocean – that is the dream of Dopper
Foundation. Therefore, Dopper Foundation encourages changemakers and
further innovative solutions that turn the tide on plastic pollution and
increase access to clean drinking water. Dopper Foundation is funded by
5% of Dopper’s turnover. Dopper is a reusable design water bottle to
make all single-use plastic bottles superfluous. Here
you find more information about Dopper Foundation.

About SPE Partners

SPE Partners, LLC, is a New York City-based entertainment developer,
founded by entertainment executives Alexander Svezia and William
Pennell, with the vision of transforming the cinematic experience. The
company is run by managing partners Svezia, Pennell, Christine Kurtz, a
25-year executive in New York commercial real-estate, and Lisa Truitt,
who is also SPE’s Chief Creative Officer and a 29-year veteran of
National Geographic film, television, and specialty cinema. SPE aims to
expand and revolutionize entertainment and storytelling, while
delivering world-class guest experiences. www.spepartners.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National
Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world
premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled
portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic
television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo
MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and
consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines;
National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms;
books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include
travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and
e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our
world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years,
and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going
further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around
the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP
returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic
Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation
and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com
or nationalgeographic.com,
or find us on Facebook,
Twitter,
Instagram,
Google+,
YouTube,
LinkedIn
and Pinterest.

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