Lilly is an international environmental champion. She is a dedicated Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition, Earth.org, World Ocean Day Italy and YouthMundus Festival. She started ‘Lilly’s Plastic Pickup’ at the age of 7. To date, at 12, Lilly has picked up close to 150 000 pieces of plastic, and she is the longest school-striker in the Netherlands. She started striking in September 2018 alongside her friend, Greta Thunberg.
Lilly was featured as a Global Citizen last year in their coverage of UNs World Oceans Day 2020, due to her being a speaker on their panel alongside Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Cara Delevigne, the Cousteaus and several others. Onalytica voted her as number 28 on their prestigious top 100 environmental influencers list in 2018 alongside fellow activists, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Dianna Cohen and the Mayor of London. She was awarded the prestigious Lintjes award by the Dutch government for Outstanding Achievement with Greta Thunberg and Anuna de Wever for their environmental works. Lilly was awarded an International Eco Hero Award in 2019, and she also received a Young Activist of the Year Award 2019 on the International Children’s Rights day for her constant and unwavering strike for the climate. Lilly was honored by the President of Egypt at the World Youth Forum, which took place in December 2019 where she also participated in a panel alongside Dr. Jane Goodall.