On the popular island of Bali, 680 cubic metres of plastic garbage is generated every day. This astounding amount of rubbish is threatening to suffocate the green island paradise and its surrounding oceans. But, two sisters, Melati and Isabel Wijsen, are on a mission to make sure this doesn’t happen to their beautiful island home. They’ve been raising awareness of the issue and urging a total ban of plastic on the island. Their efforts have included petitions, beach cleanups, talks, videos, and even a hunger strike. And now in a fantastic win for the environment, their governor has committed to a plastic bag-free Bali by 2018.
They have a powerful message for other young activists:
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too young or you won’t understand. We’re not telling you it’s going to be easy. We’re telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
Here is their inspiring Ted Talk.