17-year old activist, Melati Wijsen is half Indonesian and half Dutch but born and raised on the island of Bali. She is currently a High School student at Green School and a member of the World’s Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. She is passionate about activism, the environment, humanity, youth empowerment and women’s rights.
15-year old activist, Isabel Wijsen is half Indonesian and half Dutch but born and raised on the island of Bali. She is currently a High School student at Green School. Her heart lies in dance and performance. Isabel is a strong believer in speaking up for what is right.
Bye Bye Plastic Bags (BBPB)
An NGO driven by youth to get the people of Bali to say no to plastic bags. The campaign was launched in 2013 by founders and sisters, Melati (17) and Isabel (15) Wijsen. Since then, BBPB in Bali, has grown to include a volunteer team of 25 students from local and
international schools around the island.
The team has spent the last 4 years raising awareness about the waste problem in Bali through delivering school presentations and workshops, organizing beach
clean-ups, providing 16,000+ alternative bags, working on creating a plastic bag free pilot village, lobbying with local and national governments, and speaking at a variety of local and global events.
The BBPB Team has spoken to 16,000 students across 12 countries in 8 different languages. They have become a well-known international movement of inspiration and youth empowerment > Selected by FORBES as part of the top 10 most inspiring women in Indonesia. In 2016, BBPB went global and established 9 new BBPB groups in international cities with 10+ cities planning to establish their own chapter within the next year.