All posts tagged: Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Isabel and Melati Wijsen in Forbes

Let’s keep the pressure up!

For five years we’ve fought to make Bali plastic bag free. The deadline of 2018 (the date the Governor agreed to) is just around the corner- let’s make this happen and give Bye Bye Plastic Bags everything we’ve got. If you haven’t seen Melati and Isabel’s TED talk, take a few minutes to get caught up on the journey:

READ: 13 Ocean Heroes Fighting to Save Our Seas

Melati and Isabel from Bye Bye Plastic Bags make their way onto this list of ocean heroes with some heavyweights of conservation- what an achievement. The girls formed the Bye Bye Plastic Bags all-kid crew, collected thousands of signatures at Bali’s biggest international airport, developed educational outreach for local schools, and conducted weekend beach cleanups. Inspired by Gandhi and under the guidance of a nutritionist (and their worried parents), they announced a modified hunger strike to shame the governor of Bali into meeting with them. After social media took notice, he buckled after two days, and made a public promise to phase out all plastic bags by 2018. Read the whole list at Coastal Living.

Isabel and Melati Wijsen in Forbes

Green School students on Forbes’ Most Inspiring Women list

Melati and Isabel of Bye Bye Plastic bags recently made it to Forbes’ Indonesia’s Most Inspiring Women. A huge achievement! The girls saw it firsthand in their favorite local beach, Seseh, which was, as Melati puts it, “swallowed up by garbage.” “When you’re at the beach sunbathing or going for a swim, you’re swimming with plastic, you’re sunbathing with plastic. There’s no escaping it,” says Melati. Those experiences led them, in April 2013, to start Bye Bye Plastic Bags, when they were just 10 and 12. The two girls attend the Bali Green School, which promotes environmentalism, so their campaign was in keeping with the school’s mission. “The question became ‘who’s going to do something about it?’ We thought ‘why don’t we do something about it? Why don’t we stand up for our island?’,’” Melati says. – See more at: http://forbesindonesia.com/berita-1303-isabel-and-melati-wijsen.html#sthash.MIq5t5XU.dpuf   Check out their whole story in their TED talk which has had over 1 million views to date:

John Hardy at MIT

The top 16 posts of 2016 on Green by John

I never thought Green by John would take off like this. Thank you to all the readers and have a happy 2017. Here are the top 16 most-read posts of 2016 on Green by John. From the bottom up:  NO 16: MEET: The NALU Team They saw something that wasn’t right, so they started a business to sell t-shirts to make it right. The story of the student-run social enterprise that is NALU made it to the 16 most read articles on Green by John for 2016. NO 15: Spearing garbage, talking trash The rule of the trash walk is simple, you have to keep walking, keep spearing and keep talking. NO 14: Back to school with the new Green School classrooms IBUKU designed and built  new classrooms for Green School. Take a look at the end result as the kids start using the spaces. NO 13: IBUKU goes to Hong Kong The end result of IBUKU’s design for TRi Restaurant came it at number 13 on the list. TRi is IBUKU’s first overseas project. NO 12: What if kids …

John Hardy in TED Stories film

TED Stories: What if kids could change the world?

Part of a series of stories created by ARTE France for TED Stories.  This 50 minute documentary features interviews from John Hardy, Orin Hardy, and staff and students from Green School Bali as they explore how children can change the world. At 11 and 13 years-old, Melati and Isabel Wijsen started an enormous fight to force their government to ban plastic bags in Bali. Their island crumbles under mass tourism and consumption. An army of little hands strives to hide it all. Stakes are high. 67% of GDP depends on tourism. And the plastic crisis only makes climate change worse. We went to meet the two sisters in their home in Bali, a paradise at the forefront of climate change. They share their experience on activism and kids empowerment and their secret : Melati and Isabel attend Green School, in the heart of Bali. Founded by John Hardy, this experimental school immerses kids with their reality : a world about to end, and another one to invent.

TED 2016

Back to TED

Cynthia and I will be at TED in Vancouver. When I stood up on the stage at Oxford and spoke, I honestly thought TED was an airplane brand in America. I had no idea 750,000 people would eventually watch that talk and it would power Green School. The next thing I knew I was in the audience with Elora speaking at TED. And she is almost at 2.5 million views. And what’s coming is the TED talk from the Bye Bye Plastic Bags girls. TED is the definitely the four best days of most years for me. Thank you TED, for being there and caring. -JH

Bye Bye Plastic Bags at TED

The TED talk from Bye Bye Plastic Bags Bali is here!

I am so proud of these girls! This is the type of action I dreamed would happen when Cynthia and I first created Green School. With these words, John Hardy, alongside a government official, opened up a wonderful evening that saw more than 150 people gathered to watch the premier of the first ever TED talk by Green School students. Last September, during TEDGlobal – London, Melati and Isabel moved their audience as they told the story of their ongoing quest to stop the use of plastic bags in Bali. Usually referred to as paradise, the island of the gods has fallen victim to its own beauty and is now facing ecological catastrophe. With millions of visitors flooding the island each year, Bali is now producing 680 cubic meters of plastic garbage every day and is soon becoming, as the girls put it, a lost paradise. Not wanting to be bystanders to the destruction of their homes, the two young activists, inspired by one of their teachers, decided to start a movement they named “Bye Bye …

Green School team and John Hardy In Paris

To Paris, with bravery: Green School at COP21

Paris is as beautiful as ever. It’s really amazing to come and support these kids. They were the only kids speaking because they were the only kids who made it here. Many of the other kids were held back because of safety concerns. The Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke to over 800 people at one event. I’m really proud of these kids; it’s no time to be afraid. If things that happen make you afraid, then there is no future for the world. It’s time to be brave, and smart. And represent the things that are important to you. -JH The Green School recently headed to Paris for the biggest climate change talks ever held- the COP 21. The Green Generation and the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke at several events and took their messages straight to the heart of the talks. More from a Green School teacher, Sarita Pockell, who accompanied them to Paris: When Green School Green Generation, our High School activists, decided that they had to come to Paris be …

Bye Bye Plastic Bags at TEDGlobal

Bye Bye Plastic Bags founders speak at TEDGlobal

“Standing ovation. No longer a secret, the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke at TED Global 2015. They were the final act of the day and made an incredible presentation.” An incredible day, from Green School Bali to London! Isabella and Melati shared their story of working to make Bali plastic bag free with a room full of TED attendees at a TEDGlobal Salon. These girls and the team behind Bye Bye Plastic Bags need our support to make their vision a reality.  Stay tuned for ways to help them make this happen.  Check out the the TEDGlobal blog post here– the girls are in the last paragraph.