Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijse, TED Talk

Change is occurring. I find this TED talk very inspirational, especially because of the age of those leading such change. While plastic bags may be a small problem in our world, this successful example of making a positive difference is but one example of many positive changes we can make.

Video Description: Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they're used and thrown away with reckless abandon. Most end up in the ocean, where they pollute the water and harm marine life; the rest are burned in garbage piles, where they release harmful dioxins into the atmosphere. Melati and Isabel Wijsen are on a mission to stop plastic bags from suffocating their beautiful island home of Bali. Their efforts — including petitions, beach cleanups, even a hunger strike — paid off when they convinced their governor to commit to a plastic bag-free Bali by 2018. "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you're too young or you won't understand," Isabel says to other aspiring activists. "We're not telling you it's going to be easy. We're telling you it's going to be worth it." (11 minutes)

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