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Jakarta Post

No passion for plastic

  • Duncan Graham


Bali   /   Tue, June 7 2016   /  09:50 am

Getting in the gutter: Isabel (left) and Melati walk their talk to save the environment from plastic rubbish.Two young girls strive to save their environment from plastic waste.It’s the universal way adults squash kids considered too smart for their own good: ‘You’ll understand better when you grow up.’

That’s not a line recommended for anyone planning to mollify, patronize or divert Melati and Isabel Wijsen from their goal to rid Bali of plastic bags.

The cynical oldies are right. Age weakens; the fire in the belly gets quenched by downpours of reality. Yet the barely-teens already understand this dampening of dreams.

“With our friends we’ve been running Bye-bye Plastic Bags since 2013 and it’s true that it has become tiring,” said Melati.

“There have been disappointments. However, we got encouragement after the TED talk went global this ...