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HOUSE OF BAGERA, BALI The charm of Indonesia’s culture shines in this contemporary villa, hewn and constructed with re- nowned ancestral architects methods, paired with modern design. Tucked away between the seemingly end- less sandy beaches of Seminyak and hustle and bustle of the famous Oberoi area. House of Bagera offers el- egant yet tropical design with its 5 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and spacious semi-open living space. The well designed rooms offer a tranquil sense of privacy for large groups to enjoy their journey in Bali. The perfect spot to unwind while also being able to go for a quick drink, nice dinner, a dance or stroll through the shops - just around the corner from this little paradise. A large swimming pool is the centre piece of this stun- ning property, inviting the guests to jump from their room straight into the cold water on a sunny Bali morning. The fully equipped kitchen with its welcoming concrete island invites for cooking and preparing drinks, while all meals can also be professionally prepared and served in the villa. The large and comfortable lounge area is everyone’s favourite to come together, play a game of chess or simplyenjoy each other’s company.

This semi open air living maximizes the glorious radiance of tropical lifestyle. House of Bagrea’s strategic location makes it easy to reach the vibrant ven- ues of Seminyak as well as the beautiful beach or famous locations for day trips. You can be sure to have a good time at House of Bagera. Whether it is with friends or family, the welcom- ing property and it’s staff will make your stay perfect and unforgettable.

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34 COVER STORY Embracing the impactful young generation who are fully aware and care about the environment and social issue, Hellobali gathers an ensemble cast of radiant youth and interview to discuss their wonderfull initiative for earth and society; from Rumah Faye's Faye Simanjuntak to Sungaiwatch Gary Benchegib.

50 SPECIAL FEATURE Businessman, nationwide model and brother to Indonesian renowned actress Pevita Pearce, Keenan Pearce makes his mark through his own branding and marketing company, Makna Creative, as well as KembaliBerwisata sustainable travel platform. Read his thoughts on this edition.

82 NEIGHBORHOOD Since being appointed as the CEO in 2017, Sayan Gulino has brought Waterbom Bali to new heights and strengthen its reputation as Asia's #1 waterpark. But that doesn't stop him to advocate about the importance of water preservation in Bali island and environmental impact that can be caused by his world'class waterpark. Read his story in this edition.

88 SPOTLIGHT Commemorating the sixth series of their virtual exhibition, Cakravala virtual space commenced 'Towards Revival'; a collaboration event to cultivates a deeper understanding towards ongoing issues led by Indonesia's local climate activists.

22 TASTE

Craving for some Italian delight? L'Osteria Pizza e Cucina Canggu is a definite spot to visit on your next holiday. The two-storey eclectic restaurant serves arrays of tantalizing pizza, pasta and Neapolitan-inspired dishes made from high-quality ingredients; including a variety of authentic world-class cheese.

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idea of raising awareness of the challenges our industry creates but doing so differently to the way it’s been done in the past. In the past, a lot of the narrative has been negative, people were being shamed for going on vacation, people were focusing on the negative aspects of the climate crisis; personally, I don’t believe that’s the way to inspire people to actually change behaviors. Thus, for this cover issue (Pg.38) along with repositioning the message surrounding the regenerative travel sustainability — Hellobali interview six set of changemaker in the island of Bali. Hellobali’s Magazine’s cover star, Melati Wijsen’s Youthopia Movement — when she decided to fight against the use of plastic bags in Bali at the mere age of twelve, Melati Wijsen never thought that her small act of environmental giving back would spark a global movement and turned her into one of the world’s most inspiring young activists. Now, at the age of 20, she shows no sign of stopping down and has added several others impactful initiatives to help make the world a better place by creating generations of impactful youth. Embracing the impactful young generation who are fully aware and care about the environment and social issue (Pg.46) , Hellobali gathers an ensemble cast of radiant youth and interview to discuss their wonderful initiative for earth and society; from Rumah Faye’s Fay Simajuntak to Sungaiwatch Gary Benchegib. We truly do hope this issue inspires you to the most beautiful life that is not only kind to yourself but also to our planet. As always, I’d love to hear from you (sarah.nathan@hellobali.id) I hope you enjoy reading this issue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You deserve the time out!

W hen I started the business, I did not know that the industry generates five to eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions; I did not know that there were conscious choices that I could make to have more positive impact when I was travelling and even after I travel. I realized that a lot of the initial focus of conservation and regenerative and sustainable travel focused on making the right decision — as in buying into the right accommodations or using the right mode of transport — and focused less on the measurement and accountability. There are plenty of organizations with aspiring next- gen leader that will position themselves as credible environmentally sustainable activist leader and credible carbon offsetting programs that are for-profit organizations that are very incentivized for you to invest in certain projects too. As I’ve experienced the power of education firsthand by writing these excellent ambitious set changemaker in the island of Bali, I felt it was where I should begin with educating others, but in a less traditional way. I am very passionate about this

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GENERATING NEW WAVE OF

KURA KURA BEER Slow-Drinking: ‘Stylish

Started with a simple dream to bring fresh, sessionable beer to Bali, brewed in the island from quality ingredients, Kura Kura Beer has now established themselves as a household brand and leading the new wave of Balinese artisan beer.

Slick, stylish and edgy with international standards of branding and packaging, Kura Kura Beer is proudly Bali through and through. The name itself, 'Kura Kura', literally means 'turtle' and has a deep philosophy that is actually connected to the island itself. You see, in Balinese ancient folklore, the island of Bali is said to be laid on top of a giant turtle's back. This tale has imprinted in modern Balinese life, with the turtle becoming a symbolic representation of the island's cultural foundation and providing a constant balance of energy. Kura Kura Beer took their time to source the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible from around the world, but refined the recipe themselves and brewed the beer at their own Brewery. Located in the idyllic & lush region of Plaga, Bali (approx 45km from Denpasar), the 3-hectare plot’s brewery is a welcoming environment. Kura Kura Beer also works alongside neighbouring villages to provide job opportunities within the brewery and donate spent grain to feed cows in nearby farms. Each can of Kura Kura Beers are meant for slow-drinking with good company, in a 'keep the afternoon rolling' kind of vibe. Their beers are preservative & additive free, low ABV & very session-able, and comprises only malt, hops, yeast and water. The Island Ale and Lager on draft and cans are the first to join the Kura Kura family. Those two signature favorites will soon be joined by IPA and a range of other styles. Unlike its competitors, Kura Kura decided to exclusively put their beer in cans and not use any bottles, and they actually have good reason for that. First and foremost, cans are the best option for beer quality. There are 3 main things that will rob beer of its flavour once it’s packed - light, heat & oxygen. Beer is always better when it's fresh and the best way to preserve that freshness for the longest time is by using a can. Both cans and bottles

will get hot if you leave them out in the Bali sun, but cans take up less space in a fridge and require less energy to cool—which is good for the environment. Secondly, using cans will decrease the overall environmental impact that they have as a brewery. Here are some ways that works: all aluminum is infinitely recyclable, cans take up less space than bottles which means they can be transported more efficiently and cause a lower carbon footprint, taking up less space also means they can keep the products cold more efficiently, in turn using less energy. The third and final reason is by far the most complex of them all—it just looks visually cooler. And we couldn't agree more!

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Melati WIJSEN Activist

A 19-year-old Indonesian activist who co-founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags and has been leading the youth-driven movement since 2019 along with her sister, Isabel, Melati Wijsen is one of the brightest stars in her generation. Nowadays, she strives to create a generation of eco-conscious warriors through the Youthopia movement. Read her exclusive interview in this issue.

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Stefe Efendik studied Cosmetology at Beauty School of America, USA before embarking on a fleeting 8 years career, becoming the first Indonesian makeup artist in Miss Universe 2015 team. Now, he owns several beauty product brands, tutoring make-up workshop classes and loves to visit restaurants around Bali in his spare time for a portion of great food. Read his recommendation on this edition's FOOD TALKS.

Sayan GULINO Chief Executive Officer of Waterbom Bali,

Having practically lived his life in the waterpark he now leads, Sayan Gulino, Chief Executive Officer of Waterbom Bali, tells Hellobali what it's like to grow up in Bali's tropical bliss, as well as his deep concern about water preservation.

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L'Osteria Canggu

Banyan Tree Buahan

Craving for some Italian delight? L'Osteria Pizza e Cucina Canggu is a definite spot to visit on your next holiday. The two-storey eclectic restaurant serves arrays of tantalizing pizza, pasta and Neapolitan- inspired dishes made from high-quality ingredients; including a variety of authentic world-class cheese.

A place where time passes at different pace, Banyan Tree Buahan is where people can connect and disconnect in unfamiliar yet convenient ways. The resort invites all of its guests to surround themselves with endless layers of nature through 16 exclusive 'doorless and wall less' villas that boast uninterrupted 180 degree views over Balinese green jungle and gallant mountain peaks.

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Cheeki ly named after a legendary Austr ian composer (guess who), Bakeoven.id is a wonderful me-time snack to accompany your favorite afternoon drink. According to its brilliant creator, Bakeoven is a pandemic Baby that was born out of survival mode by a few cooks that got laid off. The lady behind the delightful pastry was working for a well-known restaurant in Canggu where BakeOven's cheese tart was originally sold as one of the restaurant's best-selling items. Launched with a sole original 'The O.G' flavour, BakeOven now has expanded their creations into four distinctive cheese tarts; named after famous singer and musician such as John Lemon, Tanner Swift, Alanas Morissette to Edam Levine. IG: @bakeoven.id BAKEOVEN.ID 1

A tennis haven for al l levels and ages, Liga Tennis has successful ly sparked the tennis sport trend in Bali ever since its establishment a couple of years ago. They has just recently established their third branch in Sanur after Umalas (Canggu) and Nusa Dua. The latest Liga Tennis Sanur compound is easily accessible from Bypass Ngurah Rai , and boasts 6 international-grade tennis courts along with several upscale facilities; including fitness club, pool , sauna, squash court and restaurant. www.liga.tennis/sanur 2 LIGA TENNIS SANUR

MADAME GOU

Promising a one-of-a-kind eating experience, Madame Gou is a definite place to visit in Canggu for culinary enthusiasts. The restaurant serves an array of tantalizing, fragrance 'Peranakan' inspired dishes made from fresh ingredients, authentic recipe and scorching hot wok cookery. Think of Hawker style Hainan Chicken Rice, juicy Pork Bel ly satay or Singaporean savory Laksa broth. Wash it al l down with Madame Gou's signature Dal 'GOU' Na iced coffee or variety of enticing cocktails. IG: @madamegou.bali

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4 Maximizing its ample space and gorgeous location, Ngurah Rai International Airport recently launched their very own Golf Driving Range. Situated just next to the airport main entrance, Bali Airport Driving Range features a small yet strategically located golf field. Expect to see the plane as they arrive or take off during your golf session here, and you can also spot enchantinWg sunset off the shore of legendary Kuta Beach in the evening. This is definitely bucket-list materials for casual (or professional) golfers who wish to do their hobby with style and magnificent scenery. BALI AIRPORT DRIVING RANGE

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SMOKE.BALI Look at the juicy picture above. Feeling hungry yet? Then you should definitely visit Smoke Bali . Situated at Jalan Batu Mejan 69, Canggu, Smoke.Bali 's open air space just beside the Echo Quarter 's rice field provides a magnificent outdoor tent dining experience for you to enjoy slabs of perfectly-gril led meat. Their meals are fresh, abundant and fil ling, our food oozes “comfort” with up to 18 hr low and slow cooked meats using only quality products from local island suppliers. Here's a BBQ Journey you can't resist. Reservation is required, so book now and have a meaty feast! 5

TIMES BEACH WARUNG 6 An enticing col laboration story between 'Times People' , local ibu ( lady), local fisherman and local surfer, Times Beach Warung sure knows how to give back to the community while making it look real ly cool . The stylish seaside shack has become a lifestyle hub for people to come together and have a good time with fantastic (sea)food. Merging culture, passion to surf and local friendships, it is a fantastic spot for your weekend vibe; offering a brief yet pleasant escape while watching the sun set over the waves. IG: @timesbeachwarung

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IF YOU ARE CRAVING FOR SOME ITALIAN DELIGHT, L'OSTERIA PIZZA E CUCINA CANGGU IS A DEFINITE SPOT TO VISIT ON YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY. THE TWO-STOREY ECLECTIC RESTAURANT SERVES ARRAYS OF TANTALIZING PIZZA, PASTA AND NEAPOLITAN-INSPIRED DISHES MADE FROM HIGH-QUALITY INGREDIENTS; INCLUDING A VARIETY OF AUTHENTIC WORLD-CLASS CHEESE.

There is a warm, inviting sense once you enterL'OsteriaCanggu'smainentrance. Feels like you've been invited to your grandma's rural house. The restaurant,located directly across a huge grassy field in the Tibubeneng area of Berawa, boasts a rustic architectural design with earthy wood and stone color that permeates through its interior; from wall, window to table, chair and sofa. The second level will become a favorite for many for its spacious and cozy vibe, open air with direct view overlooking the vast green field and small roads that have defined Canggu's countryside. Top notch ambience and scenery aside, L'Osteria Pizza e Cucina Canggu go the extra mile to provide its guests with magnificent selections of authentic Italian dishes. For opener, try aportionofGuazzettodi Vongole, which mainly a type of steamed clams soup cooked with fresh diced tomatoes, crouton and chopped parsley, or the classy Carpacio di Polpo; thin-sliced boiled octopus served along with chopped tomatoes, capers, celery and tasty mustard emulsion. The mild salty and savory taste of these appetite booster serves as a great intro for your main feast, and best savored with pieces of L'Osteria's soft homemade sourdough bread as a trusty dip.

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Then, comes the main 'attraction' of this wondrous culinary journey; the pizza and pasta! And L'Osteria Canggu definitely will not disappoint you with their amazing take of Neapolitan legendary goodness. First, the pasta, Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, is a unique dish cooked fresh to your table. The Chef himself will come with a 'cheese wheel' on a trolley and process the pasta immediately upon order. First, the pecorino cheese wheel is heated with a cooking torch to produce a melty texture, then the bucaccio pasta is placed on the bowl-shaped cheese wheel until covered in the creamy goodness, then plated and sprinkled with quality parmigiana cheese. The taste is incredible as the melty creamy cheese blends perfectly with soft pasta. It's a delight in each bite! After the memorable pasta treat, the pizza is up next. On our visit, we tried two of L'Osteria's best seller pizza: the Ai Formaggi and Burrata. Their artisanal pizzas are exquisitely made with the aforementioned dough, made by hand from slow-rising sourdough and is baked at perfection in a lava stone oven at 485 C. The Ai Formaggi is a slice of heaven for cheese lovers; it consists of mozzarella, white panna cream, gorgonzola blue cheese and parmesan cheese. It's creamy, tasty and pleasantly fragrant, with the peculiar yet sweet aroma lingers on your taste bud for a while after you finish a slice.

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Then the Burrata is a must-try for vegetarian and veggie lovers alike. Whole burrata white cheese serves as a 'spread' for the pizza's topping, which mainly consists of tomato sauce, tomato confit, and rocket salad, creating a peppery, creamy and fresh taste to indulge your dining moment. Perfectly cooked with precise measures of ingredients, the L’Osteria signature sourdough is so easy to digest and doesn't cause your stomach to bloat even after eating a full portion, so that’s one worry that you could leave behind!

To wrap up the Italian feast wonderfully, you can opt to try one of L'Osteria's signature desserts, Cannolo Siciliano. A soft and crunchy tube-shaped 'shell' made of pastry dough filled with sweet ricotta cream and chocolate chips, served semi-cold to entice your palate after all that creamy, tasty goodness. Magnifico!

L’OSTERIA PIZZA E CUCINA CANGGU Jl. Pemelisan Agung No.2, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 P: +62 812 4640 6188

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BUAHAN, BANYAN TREE ESCAPE

Situated in Buahan village--one of Bali's most untapped enclaves in Payangan, Gianyar Region, Buahan; A Banyan Tree Escape brings its distinctive 'no-walls, no-doors' villas concept to offer the guest a unique 'Naked Experience' where they can enjoy a magnificent stay in communion with the resort's surrounding pristine nature.

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around the three pillars connecting to nature, a discovery experience, and community integration. From the on and off-site daily ‘Happenings’ activities to collaborative events with visiting practitioners or local cultural festivities, the ethos of unique, rejuvenating and spontaneous opportunities for discovery hold firm and are a core of the brand experience. At the resort’s heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, are both dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its unique zero- waste farm to table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. The menu concept, 70% of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property. Other facilities such as The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique “open” garden experience – certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy. Scattered on and off the property, secret Hideaway Spots draw on the element of being at one with nature, providing guests with a garden sanctuary for meditation, reading, or simply taking a moment to pause and unwind.

W elcome to Buahan, Banyan Tree Escape; a place where time passes at different pace. Here is a place where people can connect and disconnect in unfamiliar yet convenient ways. The resort invites all of its guests to surround themselves with endless layers of nature through 16 exclusive 'doorless and wall less' villas that boast uninterrupted 180 degree views over Balinese green jungle and gallant mountain peaks. The villas of Buahan, A Banyan Tree Escape is mainly divided into three types, Riverside Jungle Pool Bale (5 villas), Buahan Valley Pool Bale (3 villas) and Rainforest Pool Bali (8 villas). Each villa features the same open concept but with different views, each thoughtfully built to provide the best natural visual treat Buahan region has to offer; valley, river and rainforest. The brand also celebrates unconventional craft forms, from its sonic branding approach to using repurposed Ulin ‘iron’ wood from boat jetties, hand-carved wooden headboards, hand-smithed copper bathtubs and natural dye soft furnishings. To further immerse their guests with wonderful activities, a calendar of daily, weekly, and monthly events are provided by the resort to guide travellers towards a range of curated and self-led experiences

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Left page: Main Pool The Pavilion Afternoon View Right page: Riverside Jungle Pool Bale Evening View

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape’s team have made sure to keep an eye on the global drive for sustainability and strives to keep in stride with recommendations from external partners. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has set four pillars for the hospitality industry to guide sustainable travel worldwide. These four pillars of local heritage, local culture, environmental protection, and social responsibility have played part in how the resort positions itself. The resort’s efforts are also enacted through multiple local partnerships, including working with Gede Kresna, a recognised sustainable local architect who focuses on Balinese design and environmentally friendly architecture, and Agency X, a local consultant group that houses Locavore, Nusantara, and The Night Rooster Cocktail Bar. As part of Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape’s drive to develop a locally inspired zero-waste farm to table menu, the concept was designed around the premise of utilising all raw materials from ingredients while preparing delectable dishes and minimising waste.

In what has become the new normal, the focus on providing a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment at all times has taken on a critical meaning. As such, an exceptional product like Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape’s launch, has evolved, pivoting around these critical aspects as well. The resort's villas have become a sanctuary within a sanctuary, spread out across the vast enclave that makes up the site. With so few rooms, the small footprint of the resort allows guests to lower their carbon footprint through the use of recycled materials, alternate forms of energy, and overall lower power usage as guests enjoy nature's symphony.

BUAHAN, A BANYAN TREE ESCAPE’S Jl, Buahan Kaja, Payangan, Kabupaten

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Set on the deserted black lava sand beach on West Bali, Lost Lindenberg is the fourth establishment of Lindenberg properties, and the first one set on the tropical bliss of Bali, yet bringing all of its European charm, wits and delight.

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B ased on the motto of 'same same, but different', Lost Lindenberg aims to bring all the wanderlust to enjoy a magnificent luxury stay far from the crowd of Bali's Southern side. The project's main foundations were the remoteness of a plot of land surrounded by temples, and an eternally long, unspoiled lava sand beach, all far from Bali’s usual tourist infrastructure. No honeymoon kitsch, no infinity-pool-Insta-architecture, no yoga dogma, no com- promises. Instead, pure nature, shared surfing, the greatest little adventures, immersion in a fascinating culture, a communal dinner table, and homegrown pineapples. Designed by the grand collaboration of Studio Jencquel and Alexis Dornier, eight rooms of Lost Lindenberg are meticulously planned as a melancholic seclusion. ”Our core values in the architecture are hard-

to-for-get experiences amongst the palm trees, a flying village, community, and attention to detail" explains Alexis Dornier. "In Indonesian, Rumah Panggung means ‘houses on stilts’. These interconnected and intertwined yet separate residential units play with the tension between community and retreat, togetherness and solitude. The merging of traditional-looking roof silhouettes with contemporary design, a play of light through the treetops“ This intricate value is further reinforced by Maximillain Jencquel of Studio Jencquel, which stated that the concept for the architecture interiors and landscape was composed into a dramatic operetta, taking visitors through a melodic journey that begins with a “senza tempo” on the streets of Pekutatan through all melodic stages of a musical score, ending at the beach with the “andante” of the crashing waves. Planned to open in 2022*, Lost

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Lindenberg carries the core goals of Lindenberg international brand; to turn the community into a global col lective of progressive city dwel lers with humanist ic ideals, deliberately reinventing contemporary l iving culture of sustainabi l ity, culture, community spirit, design and strong social attitude. As with the other Lindenberg houses, the guest collective experience is set around communal areas. Unpretentious. Close to nature. Philanthropic. With its own waves in front of the door, and only a stone‘s throw away from the world famous surf break, Medewi.

There will also be a small, vegan restaurant within the hotel that uses only locally-sourced Balinese vegetables and fruits for its ingredients– some of which are homegrown. Since there are no photos yet of the upcoming The Lost Lindenberg, we featured some of Lindenberg Libertine Frankfurt’s pictures for your eyes to feast on in this article. Imagine what European charm and comfort awaits on your West Bali holiday!

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Cover Story When she decided to f ight against the use of plastic bags in Bali at the mere age of twelve, Melati Wijsen never thought that her small act of environmental giving-back would spark a global movement and turned her into one of the world's most inspiring young activists. Read her story as told exclusively to Hellobali.

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MELATI WIJSEN’S YOUTHOPIA MOVEMENT WHENSHEDECIDEDTOFIGHTAGAINSTTHEUSEOFPLASTICBAGS IN BALI AT THE MERE AGE OF TWELVE, MELATI WIJSEN NEVER THOUGHT THAT HER SMALL ACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL GIVING- BACK WOULD SPARK A GLOBAL MOVEMENT AND TURNED HER INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST INSPIRING YOUNG ACTIVISTS. NOW, AT THE AGE OF 20, SHE SHOWS NO SIGN OF STOPPING DOWN AND HAS ADDED SEVERAL OTHER IMPACTFUL INITIATIVES TO HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY CREATING GENERATIONS OF IMPACTFUL YOUTH.

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GROWING UP IN BALI,

Melati is grateful for the island's world famous natural beauty; rice, mountains, beach and Ocean, but along the way, she realized the horrible and dangerous reality of Bali's ever-expanding plastic pollution. Without thinking about it much, Melati and her sister, Isabel, decided to take action and launch their own Bye Bye Plastic Bag movement. When it first started, Bye Bye Plastic bag was just a mere social initiative with no business plan, strategy and budget, Melati and Isabel carried on only with a clear vision. Eventually, their path became clearer and Bye Bye Plastic turned into an established NGO that operates in 60 different locations across 30 countries. They become one of the main

reasons Bali's government finally banned the use of plastic bags in major establishments (shopping centers, malls and supermarkets), but for Melati, it's still not quite enough. "Currently, our team at the HQ is still focused on supporting the implementation of the ban on single use plastic bags! It is true that an official law passed two years ago, but we feel that the implementation has not taken its full effect" Melati stated. "So we feel like our work is still only at the beginning. At Bye Bye Plastic Bags we are still focusing on education as our main tool, we’ve just completed our 3rd edition of the educational booklet and just finished 6 workshops in Bogor and Makassar in collaboration with WWF"

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Left page: Melati Wijsen at Bantar Gebang with Bye Bye Plastic Bags Jakarta, 2019 Bali’s Biggest Clean Up 2020, Petitenget Beach, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia Right page: Seseh Beach Clean-Up 2019 with ZDF,

Pantai Seseh, Bali, Indonesia Credit: Erik Ginanjar Nugraha

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Melati's passion and effort in creating a better world continues even in a bigger cause. Now, after globetrotting around the world speaking and discussing environmental concerns to millions of people, the 20 years-old avid vegetarian wants to create a conscious generation who are willing tomake extraordinary impact for their surroundings through Youthopia platform. "Throughout this journey I had the opportunity to speak to over 1 million young people globally - I spent more time in other students' classrooms than in my own sharing principles of leadership, sustainability and changemaker skills" Melati said. "The number one question I got asked was “How can I do what you do?” - These questions started to grow a deeper passion of mine about youth empowerment, and specifically youth empowerment through peer to peer education. This is where YOUTHTOPIA comes in! We’re a platform for young changemakers to learn from each other" Launched in 2020, in the midst of global pandemic (no better year to start, according to Melati), Youthopia serves as a “go-to HQ” for other young aspiring activists. Via a series of physical events and online tutorials, this social initiative aims to equip other would-be leaders with the skills needed to enact change, from public speaking to building business plans and interacting with governments. Melati added that unlike Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Youthopia was not only focusing on plastic pollution, but all the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. "Our mission here is really to help accelerate this positive change, because we know we don’t have the luxury of time and that we need more empowered young changemakers. My biggest hope with YOUTHTOPIA is that we are able to show that young people are serious about change, but also able to help accelerate it with the many solutions, inventions and new systems we have already created"

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Being such a bright, bold and inspirational figure at such a young age, Melati has been considered as one of the greatest youth activists of her generations. She has spoken on various world stages so far, such as UN, TED, and also been honored by TIME as one of the most influential teens in the world, along with being part of CNN Young Wonders and FORBES 30 Under 30. But those shiny recognition doesn't sway her even the slightest from her goal. "There is still so much work to be done,'' Melati said. "Governments and corporations globally hide behind many of the same excuses; people are not ready, research still needs to be done before taking action, it's too expensive to change. And globally I see much more leadership coming from grassroots leaders, young people, women and indigenous people who are leading by example" "Change takes a lot of collaboration and innovation, at the end of the day we need to be way more solutions oriented because if there is one thing people on the frontlines understand, it is that we do not have the luxury to wait before taking action" She concludes.

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EMBRACING THE IMPACTFUL YOUNG GENERATION WHO ARE FULLY AWARE AND CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUE, HELLOBALI GATHERS AN ENSEMBLE CAST OF RADIANT YOUTH AND INTERVIEW TO DISCUSS THEIR WONDERFULL INITIATIVE FOR EARTH AND SOCIETY; FROM RUMAH FAYE'S FAYE SIMANJUNTAK TO SUNGAIWATCH GARY BENCHEGIB.

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THE AGRICULTURE GRATEFULNESS: ASTUNGKARA WAY INITIATIVE BY TIM FI JAL

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Founded by Tim Fijal, Astungkara Way is a social enterprise to create regenerative agriculture across the island of Bali. It aims to spark the interest of Balinese youth generation and make farming relevant again for the masses; reconnecting people with nature as well as preserving it for many more years to come.

Bali’s rise into a recreational paradise in the 1970s was truly a game changer – especially for its residents. It didn’t take long before tourism became the island’s main industry. Hotels were built, attractions appeared and expanded, ports grew larger and got busier, and so on. However, as always, with progress comes compromises. Sadly, most of Bali took it at the core of its culture: their agriculture. Other than farming is not seen as profitable or modern, less and less of the young generation are interested in working the fields. Meanwhile the soil and biodiversity’s health also receded after years of malnutrition, mistreatment, and pushed away by the concrete buildings. This is what urges Tim Fijal to establish the Astungkara Way initiative. Tim's story in Bali began when he was directing a community program for Green School Bali. While working with local farmers, he noticed a dire need for regenerative

farming methods, seeing the degeneration of farmlands caused by chemicals, pesticides and other environmentally harmful practices. Last year, with the support of several young Balinese agriculturalists and facilitators, Tim founded Astungkara Way. The main mission of Astungkara Way is actually quite simple: bring back farming as an integral part of Balinese culture, as well as its full function in the ecosystem. There are three main initiatives of Astungkara Way; sharing courses that expose local and international learners to regenerative agriculture, building a network of learning hubs on Bali and engaging with farmers who are taking regenerative action on their island, and strengthening said network by building a coast-to-coast pilgrimage in Bali called the Astungkara Trail. To back these enormous causes, Tim and Astungkara Way has already started in 2020 by opening a hub called Regenerative

Farming Learning Center (RFLC). The first of many in the future, the RFLC in Abiansemal is also the starting point for one of their most interesting programs: the Astungkara Trail. This last project is what will define Astungkara Way as a new alternative to sustainable tourism, as it takes visitors to slow down, to take notice, to connect with nature and local communities that live in simple, sustainable ways. It is the first, and the only 10-days coast-to-coast experience in Bali. Furthermore, the organisation will still work closely with local farmers, teaching them age-old farming methods (think permaculture, composting, etc.) that actually improve the health of the soil and the ecosystem — which, in turn, also improves the livelihoods of the farmers. As of now, Astungkara Way has already run full curriculum courses for gap year students, primary and middle schoolers – including local students on scholarships. Together with the farmers, they have planted a considerable amount of agroforest. Just this June, slots for their first commercial Astungkara Trail had opened. Everything is looking good for the mission.

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FROM ANXIETY TO ASCENDANCY CLOVER HOGAN, FOUNDER OF FORCE OF NATURE MOVEMENT

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Climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety and founder of Force of Nature movement, Clover Hogan is absolutely a young figure to be reckoned with. The 22 years old has worked alongside world's leading authorities on sustainability and supporting students in 50 countries to ignite their potential as change- maker. This is her story.

Even before she graduated from Green School Bali, Clover Hogan had kick-started her career as a worldwide activist. At just the age of 16, she already found herself lobbying decision-makers at the Paris climate meeting when she realised that the threat greater even than climate change was the universal feeling of powerlessness in the face of it. Clover then made it her personal mission to mobilise mindsets. Hogan, who moved from her hometown in Australia to Bali, Indonesia as child and now resides in UK, recalls her experience watching documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth and The Cove at age 11 as the first time she ever felt an overwhelming feeling of grief, frustration and anger. Later, she coined the term 'eco- anxiety' and did extensive research on that aspect as it becomes increasingly common in recent years, particularly amongst the young generation of environmental warriors.

This experience inspires Hogan to initiate Force of Nature, a non-profit organisation working to empower young people in schools and universities to turn their eco-anxiety into action. Clover and her team teaches students aged 11-24 about the climate crisis to help them navigate their anxiety and realize their potential to get involved. “At the end of the day, none of us are responsible or capable of solving the climate crisis alone. We're not capable of changing it overnight. Yet what we are capable of changing overnight, is our mindset," she explains. Eco-anxiety is real and it can really disrupt the life of those who experience it, yet Clover also said that the negative emotional state can still have a very positive effect. “The problem isn’t feeling eco-anxious, it’s proof we are awake to the climate crisis. We have seen young people becoming agents of change by channelling their feelings into action.”

"Eco-anxiety relates to all of those difficult feelings that can bubble up in the face of the climate crisis and in particular, perceived inaction,” explains Clover. “Young people are looking to the people in positions of power who have been entrusted to safeguard our future, and not seeing action with the kind of urgency and scale that this crisis requires.” Clover herself faced first-hand the effect of eco-anxiety between late 2019 and early 2020, the time when catastrophic wildfires hit her home country of Australia. “I started spontaneously crying: I would cry in the shower; I would cry on my way to work; I’d cry in the middle of meetings,” the activist describes. “Every time I looked at my phone, I saw the images rolling in of what was happening in Australia, my country in flames; reading the headlines of billions of animals being incinerated by these wildfires. I was going through grief. I think until that point, in a bubble of relative climate privilege, climate change was something that I’ve read about in articles; that I watched as a long-term threat in documentaries.”

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YOUNG, PASSIONATE, IMPACTFUL: FAYE SIMANJUNTAK OF RUMAH FAYE

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In the wake of young generations who are aware of their surrounding environmental and social issues, Faye Simanjuntak stood out amongst her peers. At a tender age of 11, she co-founded Rumah Faye, an organisation to fight against child trafficking and protect its victims. Now, she is ready to embrace her long and winding journey with utmost passion, love and boldness.

are ongoing and new things are always being thrown our way. We have been given countless opportunities to work together with other NGOs both in Indonesia and around the world in ways that I never thought would be possible" said Faye. Another major project that she's been working on currently is called 'Youth Team', where she gathers those youngsters who have the same passion and zeal as herself, and affiliates them to take action with Rumah Faye. "We work together to find young people who are passionate about preventing child sex exploitation. Though we have a large number of volunteers in Jakarta, we hope to have a specific programme targeted at teenagers willing to make a difference" We live in an era where the younger generation can make a bigger impact, if they are given the right platform and encouragement to do so. Faye is one of the brightest examples, and she suggests that every young person should rise and be given the equal chance to speak up for any cause. "The youth should first and foremost be encouraged and given confidence that their actions matter. Not only that, our actions need to be facilitated and supported. Often, we are doubted and find it hard to be moved to help. On our side, we also need to take initiative. The internet gives us unprecedented access to information and news from all perspectives. We need to take advantage of the resources we have, not just to be aware and spread awareness, but also take action!" she concludes.

'Age is just a number', this old jargon rings so true when you are looking at Faye Hasian Simanjuntak. Currently entering her 19th year, she has been highlighted by the world-prestigious Forbes magazine as one of Indonesian Under 30 back in 2020, and rightfully so. The non-profit organization she started, Rumah Faye, has now become one of the country's leading independent organizations for children, especially those who were the victims of child trafficking and abuse. But how did it all start? "My mother, Uli Pandjaitan, constantly reminds me that I am privileged and used to regularly bring me to various orphanages each week" said Faye. Those collective experiences of interacting with children who are less privileged touch Faye's heart. She then tried her first attempt in fundraising for the orphans, and gained IDR 96 mil from her effort. That's the time Faye realized that she actually has the power to make a difference toward other's lives.

After that uplifting experience, Faye discovers about child trafficking through the internet, which truly broke her heart. And she decided to make it her problem and campaign to fight against global crime. "When I learnt about child sex trafficking, I think I realised that this is where I felt called to work" Faye explains. "Child sex trafficking is a global issue where injustice thrives. I think passion finds you. Sure, you have got to work for it, work to find it, but at the end of the day, your passion will reveal itself to be the driving force in all that you do. It’s probably not going to be a super-spiritual or supernatural moment, but you’ll know when you find it. I discovered my passion after a Google search and shedding more than a few tears" In 2013, Faye co-founded an organisation called Rumah Faye to help her cause of fighting against the child trafficking, exploitation and abuse in Indonesia. "Rumah Faye will always be a work in progress. Our efforts in preventing child sex exploitation

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