Hero of the Week: Lilly Satidtanasarn
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Called “Thailand’s Greta Thunberg” 12-year-old Lilly Satidtanasarn has been fighting to stop the use of single-use plastics in her home country–which is one of the leading contributors to ocean plastic pollution. As the Jakarta Post reported,
“In June, Lilly won her first victory: she persuaded Central, a major supermarket in Bangkok, to stop giving out plastic bags in its stores once a week. “I told myself that if the government did not listen to me, it would be necessary to speak directly to those who distribute plastic bags and convince them to stop,” she explains. This month some of the biggest brands, including the operator of the ubiquitous 7-Eleven convenience stores, pledged to stop handing out single-use plastic bags by January next year.”
Lilly was inspired by Greta Thunberg’s climate strikes and began protesting herself in front of Thai government buildings. Though she faces steep challenges–the petrochemical industry which accounts for 5% of Thailand’s GDP and tens of thousands of jobs is very powerful–she’s determined to keep drawing attention to plastic pollution in her own country and to encourage people to use less plastic. We’re cheering you on Lilly!