Swietenia Puspa Lestari
Born23 December 1994 Edit this on Wikidata
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OccupationDiver, environmentalist Edit this on Wikidata

Swietenia Puspa Lestari (born 23 December 1994) is an Indonesian underwater diver, environmental engineer and environmental activist.[1]


Lestari is a native of Pramuka Island in the Java Sea. A keen diver from childhood, she studied environmental engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology, graduating in 2017.[2] She is executive director and co-founder of Jakarta-based Divers Clean Action (DCA)[3] and leads a team of volunteer divers who clear rubbish, especially plastic waste from the reefs and recycle what they find.[4][5] Beginning with three people in 2015, the DCA has grown to 12 team members and nearly 1,500 volunteers across Indonesia.[6][7] Lestari related that diving to collect waste can be dangerous because of the high currents, but that the rapid increase in tourism since 2007 has led to far more trash being dumped into the formerly pristine seas around Indonesia's many islands.[1]

In 2017 Lestari founded the Indonesian Youth Marine Debris Summit (IYMDS).[8][9][10] The same year, she represented Indonesia and spoke at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.[11][2] She also helped initiate an anti-plastic drinking straw campaign in Indonesia and convinced 700 restaurants to reduce the use of single-use straws.[7]

In 2019, Lestari was listed among the BBC's 100 Women, a list of 100 inspiring and influential women.[12][13] Later that year, she was invited to attend Barack and Michelle Obama's 'Obama Foundation Leaders Forum', which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in December.[14][15] She was subsequently included in Forbes' "30 Under 30 - Asia - Social Entrepreneurs 2020".[11][16]


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  2. ^ a b Siregar, Kiki. "Love for ocean motivates Indonesian diver to clean up marine debris". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. ^ Fatia, Dara (13 July 2019). "Gerakan Tanpa sedotan: Hindari Kerusakan Lingkungan". Sosioglobal: Jurnal Pemikiran dan Penelitian Sosiologi (in Indonesian). 3 (2): 66. doi:10.24198/jsg.v3i2.21641.
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  5. ^ "Love for ocean motivates Indonesian diver to clean up marine debris". CNA. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Divers Clean Action". www.diverscleanaction.org. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b "BBC includes 7 inspirational Southeast Asians in its 100 Women of 2019 list". Mashable SE Aaia. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Young minds from across Indonesia gather for Jakarta summit to tackle waste problem". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Indonesian Youth Marine Debris Summit". marinelitternetwork.engr.uga.edu. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  10. ^ Kahfi Dirga Cahya. "Sunfest 2018 Ajak Generasi Muda Berikan Manfaat Positif". Kompas Cyber Media (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Swietenia Puspa Lestari". Forbes. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Youth Activist Calls for Joint Effort to Clean Up Indonesia's Seas". The Irrawaddy. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Swietenia Puspa Lestari Masuk Daftar 100 Perempuan Inspiratif BBC". VIVAnews (in Indonesian). 23 October 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  14. ^ "18 emerging Indonesian leaders invited to attend Obama Foundation Leaders forum". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Welcome to Leaders: Asia-Pacific!". Obama Foundation. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  16. ^ Muhammad, Fikri. "Swietenia Puspa Lestari, Punguti Sampah Lautan Demi Kebaikan Bumi - National Geographic" (in Indonesian). National Geographic ID. Retrieved 28 April 2020.