Stretch Your Thinking
No matter how old you are or where you come from, you can always lead by example. Don’t wait for permission. Don’t wait until you’re older for someone else to make that path for you. Make your own path – and go for it!
The Wijsen Sisters - @BBPB_bali
Melati and Isabel were just 10 and 12 when they decided that something needed to be done about the state of plastic pollution on their home island of Bali. What started off as beach clean-ups quickly turned into a petitioning of their government to ban the sale or distribution of plastic bags and the founding of the charity Bye Bye Plastic Bags.
Bali officially became plastic bag free in 2018 and the entire country of Indonesia, home to over a quarter of a billion people, will ban the use of plastic bags and all single-use plastics from 2021.
1. In the UK, we charge for plastic bags. Do you think this is a better policy than simply banning them like Bali did after intervention from the Wijsen sisters? Why?
2. What do you understand about the environmental impact of plastic waste? Explain as fully as you can.
3. Why are community initiatives like beach cleans and litter picks so important? Have you ever participated in one?
EXT: Use the internet to research what happens to a piece of plastic waste thrown away in the UK.