Month: August 2016

Clover Hogan

MEET: Clover Hogan, Green School graduate and ecophobia activist

Clover graduated from Green School in 2016. She presented her Green Stone talk on the greatest threat facing humanity. We sat down to talk to Clover about her ecophobia and her upcoming internship with the Impossible Foods team, who are bringing the first meatless burger that bleeds to the world. Can you tell us what your Green Stone is about? From day one, the goal of my Green Stone was to answer one simple question: what is the greatest threat facing humanity? At the beginning of my journey, I considered the obvious issues, like ‘climate change’ and ‘overpopulation’. But through my research, and much contemplation, it quickly became apparent that the greatest threat is in fact something much simpler– something inherent to our species. That threat is ecophobia. What some may refer to as ‘apathy’ or ‘frustration’, ecophobia is the crushing sense of powerlessness to prevent environmental catastrophe. We are on the brink of climate collapse, and entering the 6th mass extinction, where we, the perpetrators, will be the architects of our own demise. We could …

Marci Zaroff in Bali

MEET: Marci Zaroff, Eco-fashion pioneer

Marci Zaroff came to hang out with us for a few days in July at Bambu Indah. She is someone you really need to meet- she knows everything there is to know about the organic textile industry and is an industry leader with her company Under the Canopy and her new cradle-to-cradle factory Metawear Organic. Read on for a conversation between John and Marci while she was here. Sometimes, it’s really overwhelming to start making a change to live a more eco-friendly life. What’s the best way we can start?  One of my favorite quotes is “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. I think people can get overwhelmed going in this direction- the simplest first step is to think about the products that you are buying. Start with food and be mindful with what you put into your body, as food is energy; if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it— read the label. Buy more organic. I am a huge organic advocate and I think the myth that you have to be wealthy to buy organic has been …

Green Village by New Atlas

READ: Exploring Bali’s enchanting bamboo village with New Atlas

Great new article and photo essay from New Atlas on the houses of Green Village. Much of the village’s furniture and interior decorations are bespoke and crafted to emphasize the versatility and aesthetic appeal of bamboo. An intricate lampshade made up of 30 or 40 separate shoots hovering over the study on the Garden Villa’s top floor was the probably the most sophisticated example of this, but we were also impressed by thick bamboo columns fashioned into bar stools and parked alongside the kitchen’s island bench.  

CleanWorld biodigester

WATCH: CleanWorld’s BioDigesters

Take a look at this. It’s a for profit company working in Sacramento that collects food waste in gas powered trucks. We could actually take every single bit of biomass we have produced, found, excreted and put it into a digester and make gas for our vehicles or create electricity. That would then just leave us with the plastic and metals, which we can 100% recycle. This is really amazing thing to watch. So exciting to think about composting everything we have lying around, including poop and pee and everything else that is organic. Thank you Angus and Duncan for letting me know about it and Clean World for making it happen. This is an incredible future to look forward to. -JH CleanWorld specializing in repurposing organic waste into the forms of transportation fuel for vehicles and electricity. Check out all of the great things CleanWorld BioDigesters do that help clean up our world.

Green Stone talks

Talks that make me tingle: The 2016 Green Stone speakers

I was so moved and inspired by the Green Stone talks (delivered by the Green School Bali graduating class each year). I have been to so many talks in my life, but I was literally tingling listening to the students. Not just one, but many of them. There were subjects that I had little to no interest in that were so riveting it blew my mind. I have no idea how this happened but it’s happened; the level of presentation of the 2016 graduates (who ALL got into their first choice universities) was incredible. It makes the whole thing worthwhile. -JH    

Helly Hansen shoe

DO: Buy a pair of Helly Hansen shoes

I ended up with stock of running shoes. Way more than I needed. So they end up sitting in storage, here and in New York. If I put on a pair of Nike’s within half a mile, the sole would have fallen off. These Helly Hansen shoes were stored for five years. I’ve been wearing them every day for weeks and they are incredible. I believe that Nike puts glue in their running shoes that after one year disintegrates. Helly Hansen clearly don’t. I will never buy another brand again. Hooray for Helly Hansen.

Emily Penn

MEET: Ocean advocate Emily Penn

Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist with an incredible passion for the ‘invisible’ damage our plastic addiction is causing to our oceans and our bodies. She has organized the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage and rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace.  She splits her time between leading expeditions and running Pangaea Explorations, the organization she established to enable scientists, filmmakers and everyday people gain access to the most remote parts of our planet; collecting data on global issues and along the way have discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation. Recently she spoke at TEDxUbud on the body burden of our plastic problem- an incredible story of the toxins we carry in our bodies as a direct result of microplastics in the sea and our environment.

Bio Bus at Green School

WATCH: Bio Bus + Noble Material at TEDxUbud

High school students from Green School recently presented and performed at the 2016 TEDxUbud focusing on environmental issues currently threatening Bali. These two examples of youth led environmental activism are amazing. The Bio Bus story was told by Kyla Langotsky and Maxwell Hidajat- both members of the student led social enterprise that is the Bio Bus.  Looking forward to their innovations in the coming school year as they continue to pioneer used cooking oil as biofuel for the school buses. Used cooking oil is a major problem in Bali. The Bio Bus team has found a way to make this a thing of the past. Providing more than 1,800 biodiesel-fueled rides, the Bio Bus saves 3 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere every month. And the best part of it? This is a 100% student run social enterprise! Learn how students stepped out of the classroom and into the ‘real world’, allowing them to create change with a tangible impact.  Enter stage right, The Noble Material Roadshow, the traveling version of the musical performed …