Paola Gianturco
  • Between 2013 and 2016, photojounalist Paola Gianturco traveled to 13 countries to visit 15 girl-led nonprofits. Her book "<a href="https://www.wondergirlsbook.com"target="external"> Wonder Girls: Changing Our World</a>" features the stories of 90 young female activists transforming the world around them. </br></br> Balinese children are convincing tourists and locals to stop using plastic bags, which are destroying their idyllic island environment, Bali, Indonesia.
    Paola Gianturco
  • Teen members clean up roadsides, beaches and tourist sites. They supply recyclable bags to local retailers who go "plastic bag free," and post stickers on store windows to reward shopkeepers’ support, Bali, Indonesia. According to the photographer, "Plastic trash clogs roadsides and chokes beaches. You might think there would be a law against littering, but Bali's constitution mandates that nothing can be banned, so every day, Bali’s residents and visitors dump 5,000 tons of solid garbage."
    Paola Gianturco
  • Girls and boys from the project's pilot village, Pererenan, help fly a giant kite carrying the Bye Bye Plastic Bags logo to increase awareness, Bali, Indonesia.
    Paola Gianturco
  • Two sisters, Isabel Sari Riyanto Wijsen, 12, and Melati Riyanto, 14, decided to do something about the plastic waste problem in Bali, Indonesia by starting an organization, Bye Bye Plastic Bags. They supply recyclable bags to local retailers who go "plastic bag free," and post stickers on their store windows to reward their support, Bali, Indonesia.
    Paola Gianturco
  • Bye Bye Plastic Bags board members meet the island's governor who signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support their work and get Bali's population to "say no to plastic bags" by 2018, Bali, Indonesia.
    Paola Gianturco
  • Teen members clean up roadsides, beaches and tourist sites.
    Paola Gianturco
  • Bye Bye Plastic Bags participants sell bracelets, T-shirts, and stickers to promote their cause at a Sustainability Fair at Green School, Bali, Indonesia. </br></br> Lotte Creze, age 12, says, "I'm from Holland. For me, Bali is paradise: everything you dream of when you think of the perfect place to live. The garbage is terrible. But besides that, it's gorgeous."
    Paola Gianturco
  • Bye Bye Plastic Bag members of all ages present their case at environmental conferences, in classrooms in Indonesia and abroad, online, and even at the airport in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Here, Bye Bye Plastic Bag is collecting signatures to present them to the government.
    Paola Gianturco
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