Melati Wijsen is an 18 year old Indonesian/Dutch activist and change maker. She co-founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in 2013 at the age of 12 with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth ever since. In 2015 Melati founded the people movement, One Island One Voice. In 2018 she also created the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas, empowering women in the mountains of Bali.
Melati has spoken on numerous world stages such as TED, the EU parliament in Brussels and the UN in NYC.
She was selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country in 2017. In December 2018, Melati and her younger sister were awarded CNN HEROES Young Wonders 2018 in New York City and are named amongst the Top 25 Most Influential Teenagers of 2018 by TIME.
Melati Wijsen graduated from Green School in Bali in July 2017, one year early, and has become a full-time change maker since. Being very passionate about protecting the ocean, Melati is an alumni member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council. She also has a new youth empowerment project; empowering youth through education and providing them with the tools they need to be change makers.
Melati is available to speak with or without her sister Isabel on the topics of Change, Sustainability, Education, Youth Empowerment
“CHANGE: What does it actually mean? I had to ask google this one, because is there really a definition for something like change? Well, according to Google the definition of change as shown is: Make or become different. I think some people wish for change, some people are afraid of it, some people will never change- or accept change. But our generation does not have the luxury to not change….It is only natural that my next project will involve youth empowerment through education. I met so many bright youth who were doing the same, or who want to do the same. It’s about providing the tools, the skills training, the experience for them to be able to create their own change. My next urge for change became clear, I want to create a new story for youth to believe and a new society for humanity to live in. CHANGE – It will be the only constant factor in our lives and its up to on how we embrace it.“ Melati Wijsen
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