Melati Wijsen

Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags

An 18 year old Indonesian/Dutch activist and change maker. Founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. Have successfully banned plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam on their home island Bali as of 2019. Has also started the people movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mama's. Has spoken at TED and the United Nations and has also been selected among FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country. Very passionate about protecting the ocean; Alumni Member of the World’s Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council of the United Nations. Most recently, graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has since been honoured by TIME as part of the annual list of most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders. Is launching new youth empowerment project YOUTHTOPIA to empower youth through education and provide them with the tools they need to be change makers.

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