Month: March 2016

Finn and Dali from Nalu

MEET: The Nalu team

“The Nalu kids are running a social enterprise, They saw something that wasn’t right, so they started to a business to sell t-shirts to make it right. Right now we’re talking about making Nalu green from the ground up. Can you imagine Green School kids learning to sew and use natural dye within Green School? Providing school uniforms for kids in need. That’s the sort of child labor we can be proud of.” -JH is  a great social enterprise run by two Green School students. They use the ‘one for one’ model to supply school uniforms for kids in need for every Nalu t-shirt sold. We recently sat down with one of the founders, Dali, for a chat. How did you start Nalu? My brother (Finn, 12) and I (Dali, 15) started Nalu about one and a half years ago. However, the idea of starting Nalu began in 2011 when my family and I arrived in central hot and dusty India. My parents were volunteering as chiropractors and Finn and I made friends with the children in …

Win a scholarship to SuperCamp Bali

DO: Enter a student to win a scholarship to SuperCamp at Green School

Do you know a young gamechanger that would like to win a scholarship to SuperCamp at Green School Bali? THE SUPER SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION COMPETITION IS AN ONLINE COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS AGES 11 – 17 FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADERS THAT ARE WORKING TO CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 1ST, 2016. SUBMISSIONS BY VIDEO You will have to submit a video of your Super Sustainable Innovation (SSI) from MARCH 7TH until MAY 9th, 2016. Your SSI should be Project Based, Technological Invention or Social Movement. The video should be 3 minutes long, clearly explaining your SSI, and finish by answering the following questions: 1) How can SuperCamp help cultivate you as a Green Leader in your community? 2) What skills would you like to learn from SuperCamp at Green School Bali? More details As we look into the present to find the solutions for tomorrow, we see the importance and potential that all students around the world have, to provide real solutions. …

Peace Boat

MEET: The Peace Boat and the new EcoShip

“The Peace Boat has been sailing around the world for many years. It’s partly kids, partly retirees and they stop in places and lend a hand. The man behind it is now building an eco peace ship- it will be 40-60% off the grid with articulated sails and solar. They are just about to go into production.” -JH The Peace Boat recently came to visit the Green School. Over 30 years as a thriving social business 2008 Nobel Peace Prize nomination More than 55,000 participants to date Over 100 ports in more than 80 countries visited Multi-generational onboard community of 1000 passengers per voyage 3 Global Voyages per year More than 50 around-the-world voyages organised to date Over 30 regional voyages to date From the Peace Boat Wikipedia page: Peace Boat (ピースボート) is a global non-government organization headquartered in Japan established for the purpose of raising awareness and building connections internationally among groups that work for peace, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development.  Since its founding in 1983, the Shinjuku, Tokyo based organization has launched 25 …

toyota wooden car

SEE: The wooden car by Toyota (and our bamboo buggy)

I have one question though. What about bamboo? Wood is wood, but bamboo is better. -JH Toyota has just created a wooden car to be launched at Milan Design Week in April. From the press release: “Kenji Tsuji, the Toyota engineer overseeing development of the Setsuna, said of his process: “We evaluated various ways to express the concept and selected different lumber materials for specific applications, such as Japanese cedar for the exterior panels and Japanese birch for the frame. We also paid particular attention to the sizes and arrangements of individual parts. For the assembly structure, we adopted a traditional Japanese joinery technique called okuriari, which does not use any nails or screws. The completed body line of the Setsuna expresses a beautiful curve reminiscent of a boat. We would also like the viewer to imagine how the Setsuna will gradually develop a complex and unique character over the years. The car includes a 100-year meter that will keep time over generations, and seats that combine functional beauty with the gentle hue of the …

Green School on Levi Strauss blog


While this may sound like an idyllic utopia, John emphasizes that this idea can be translated around the world to introduce this sustainable lifestyle and curriculum into any environment. His rules: be local, let the environment lead, and think about how your grandchildren will be building the future. John recently reflected on how the experience of building Green School has surprised and changed him. “I never imagined how quickly or thoughtfully the Green School would evolve,” John told Unzipped. “Every day I am surprised by new, creative ideas our students bring up to become even more sustainable. These students are growing into leaders who know how to coexist with the world and think bigger than any generation before them.” From the Levi Strauss & Co Unzipped blog. Read on here.

Liter of Light at Green School

Liter of Light visits Green School

“Liter of Light. Not only is the idea superb, but the people are superb. And the ethics are superb. It’s amazing. I’m going to go to the Philippines to visit them. Their LED lanterns, lights and streetlights are all made out of local stuff. This whole United Nations thing of ‘buying something from a factory somewhere and within six months half of them are broken and no one can afford to fix them’ just goes away with these guys. Everything is locally made and made of stuff found locally. I really want to have this happen in Indonesia. It is a dream. Really a dream. Such integrity is hard to find.” -JH What do you get with sunshine and an old plastic bottle filled with water and chlorine? Thanks to Alfred Moser and a group of MIT students, you get a 55-watt solar bulb that refracts sunlight! It’s powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make. The Liter of Light project brings the eco-friendly …

Photo by Arie Beser at Temple House Green Village Bali

READ: In Bali, bamboo architecture offers a model for sustainable future

Ari Besar from the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship visited Green Village and wrote about it here. The structures and homes Ibuku creates feel more like extensions of the natural environment around them than additions to it. They are crafted into playful shapes and designs with techniques that are not possible to use with standard construction materials. Ibuku’s Architects are able to look at the leaves, the rice paddies, and the natural contours of the land and replicate it into their designs. In leiu of blueprints, the team creates scale models of bamboo to test the home’s structural integrity and design before construction begins.