Kids doing rad stuff: Lilly’s Plastic Pickup

How old are you?

I am nine and a half years old.

Where are you from?

I was born in North London, but for the last three years, I have lived in the middle area of the Netherlands, at Huis ter Heide.

Tell us a little bit about your family… 

My family on my father’s side are all Dutch. I have two Dutch-born brothers and one English born brother, all now in their 20s. On my mother’s side, my grandmother came from Malawi and was of Italian/African descent, and my grandfather is from North Cornwall.

If you could talk to animals, what is something you would tell them?

Try to stay clear of plastic and balloon remnants, and be very cautious of people.

What is your favourite subject at school?

Natural History.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

To talk to animals and understand and help them.

If you could change anything about school what would it be?

I would stop all forms of bullying.

What was it that made you want to start cleaning up rubbish?

To protect animals from the harm it causes them and to stop as much plastic as possible going into the oceans.

Do you clean up on your own or do you do it with other people?

Sometimes I do it on my own, and at other times with my Mum and my grandpa.

What do you do to educate other people about the issue?

Talk to people, use social media to communicate, and try to lead by example.

How long ago did you start “Lilly’s plastic pickup’ ?

It began 2 years ago.

If you could change anything in the world, what would you change?

I would like a plastic-free world in which animals can live in peace and harmony with all people.

Who inspires you?

David Attenborough and grandpa.