Two successful and internationally renowned women will co-host for the Play It Out concert to be held in Antigua on June 1.
Actress Meagan Good and social media influencer Amanda Cerny were announced yesterday as joint hostesses for the concert to combat global plastic pollution
Along with the governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Norway, the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, made the announcement
“Having dedicated my presidency to women and girls everywhere, it gives me immense pleasure that Meagan and Amanda, two very successful women, will co-host this important event,” Espinosa stated.
Celebrated actress Meagan Good has appeared in dozens of movie productions, most recently the hit films Shazam and The Intruder, having also appeared in the movies Think Like A Man as Mya and Saw V as Luba Gibbs.
Good also appeared in several television productions, including the crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Paula Bryant, the NBC drama series Deception as Joanna Locasto, and the Fox science-fiction crime drama series Minority Report as Detective Lara Vega.
“I am honoured to serve as host for this vitally important event and initiative. Ridding our waters of plastic pollution and educating the world on the effects of nearly 13 million tons of plastics being dumped into our waters yearly is crucial,” Good said.
“Fish, seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation and drowning. Plastic affects human health. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.” Good added.
Meanwhile, Amanda Cerny has emerged in recent years as a leading global influencer with over 35 million followers on social media – including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube – and one of the top five most viewed Instagram story accounts in the world.
Cerny said, “Single-use plastics are devastating our oceans and our planet. As individuals we can choose to either contribute to the problem or take action to protect our natural world. I’m excited to be co-hosting Play It Out and to use my platform as a UN Environment Ambassador to raise awareness surrounding the impact of our consumption and help win the battle against plastic pollution.”
A part of the Campaign Against Plastic Pollution, the Play it Out concert was launched by the President of the UN General Assembly and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne in December 2018. It is intended to raise awareness about tackling plastic waste both on the global level as well as within the UN itself.
The concert will be supported by the governments of Norway, Monaco, and Qatar; the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and others.