12-year-old Ralyn Satidtanasarn, known by her nickname Lilly, collects plastic waste during a clean-up by Thai NGO Trash Hero at the Khung Bang Kachao urban forest and beach in Bangkok. She paddles the city’s canals picking up plastic and other waste, sometimes skipping class to do so. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP

Plastic pollution: Thai girl’s war on trash, inspired by Greta Thunberg, and her first victory in quest for a sustainable world

  • Swedish teen ‘gave me confidence’, says Lilly, 12, who paddles Bangkok canals picking up rubbish, and convinced a supermarket to stop giving out plastic bags
  • With Thailand the sixth-largest global contributor to ocean pollution, she says: ‘I try to stay optimistic but I am also angry. Our world is disappearing’
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12-year-old Ralyn Satidtanasarn, known by her nickname Lilly, collects plastic waste during a clean-up by Thai NGO Trash Hero at the Khung Bang Kachao urban forest and beach in Bangkok. She paddles the city’s canals picking up plastic and other waste, sometimes skipping class to do so. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP
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