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The people that inspire John- often working on green innovations and making the world a better place

Gabriel Orozco in Java

MEET: Gabriel Orozco, Mexican contemporary artist

I have been very, very, very hesitant to have anything to do with artists ever since I was abused during my art school days. However, an artist has recently come into my life and it’s been amazing to meet a sensitive, caring, conscious, super duper successful artist. He’s been trying to explain his latest show to me for about the last fifty miles, but I still don’t understand. Maybe that’s why I didn’t make it as an artist. Gabriel claims I’m an artist, but my definition of an artist is someone who can sell a work for really a lot of money, which I’ve never really accomplished. Gabriel is truly an artist though—read his New York Times profile to learn more. —JH Gabriel Orozco has exhibited at the Guggenheim and MOMA among many other institutions. An except from his bio on the Guggenheim website: Gabriel Orozco was born in Jalapa, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, in 1962. From 1981 to 1984, he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de …

MEET: Laughing yogini and bamboo bicyclist Suskitawati

Suskita is a young Chinese woman traveling across the world on her bamboo bike with a mission of spreading happiness with laughing yoga. She started her world adventure #ShootCycleHahaha in late July 2015 . Why Shoot+Cycle+Hahaha? She says it’s photo/video shooting while cycling, and at the same time, laughing to yourself & strangers you pass by: the top 3 things make her happy & healthy. She rides a bamboo bicycle which she calls the  “Little Prince(小竹)”. She handmade Little Prince at the Shanghai iEnergy Bamboo Bike Workshop. So far she’s visited 12 countries: Turkey, Mainland China, Hongkong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia. Suskita will continue traveling the world for a ‘Laughing Revolution’ to make our world a happier place. She became part of the Bambu Indah family recently and we got to ask her a few questions. 1. What’s got you jumping out of bed at the moment? Making one more person laugh while living around the world with my Bamboo Bike. 2. What do you think is something happening in the world right now that people need to know about? People …

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 …

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.

Joe Crossley

MEET: Joe Crossley, new media artist

One of the extended Bambu Indah and trash walking family, Joe Crossley is someone you need to meet.  We had a conversation on energy and what Joe thinks we should be doing to save the world from humankind. About Joe I am  a new media artist.  I use technology to deliver communication points. I work in projection mapping, but I have a background as a scientist, as a marine biologist. A lot of my art is science- focused; I have a PHD in data systems – how we perceive data, from reading a book or talking to people.  (For more on Joe, check out his website and portfolio.)   On dangers of ‘green energy’ How are we going to get out of the problem that we are roller coasting into? The problem at the moment is the conspiracy of the green energy world- about how and where our energy comes from. How we are creating the energy? What does it take to create that  energy? What are the output and the implications around it? When China …

Elora Hardy at C2 Montreal 2016

4 of my favorite speakers from C2 Montreal 2016

C2 was better than ever. More going on, more food, better organized. Really incredible group of people there. The Hatch group were there and they are so much fun. They really give C2 a real boost. My personal highlight was, of course, my daughter Elora. Because of C2’s history with Cirque Du Soleil, the audiovisual is incredible. When I saw Elora standing in her pictures, it was incredible. Standing in her work or even in a picture with me. Her talk was beautiful. It really emphasized the importance of people connecting with the earth when they build. David Suzuki was so clear and eloquent. He is Canada’s original environmentalist. His show has been running since 1960. I got to meet him personally; he is amazing. The main takeaway from his talk was that the tides, the winds and the rotation of the earth are all things we really can’t change, although we are messing with them. But artificial systems, like the market, can be changed. And Suzuki pushed that point home by standing in a …

MEET: Jeroen from Social ImpaKt

We recently had Jeroen from Social ImpaKt join us on a trash walk. Social ImpaKt’s vision is that everyone, everywhere has access to safe and affordable technologies within their homes. Its mission is to bring simple, eco-friendly life changing and enhancing technologies like water filters, solar lamps to remote areas (the last mile) and urban centers in Bali and East Indonesia. Social ImpaKt also aims to create micro-business opportunities with these technologies. Here’s what Jeroen had to say about his trash walk experience: “We started the trash walk with John at 7 am on this beautiful Saturday morning. We were a group of about 40 people, composed of local parents and students at the Green School. We walked from the Bambu Indah resort, our starting point down to the river and then entered the forest. On the way, we picked up plastic trash on the road, in the ditches, following John’s steady footsteps. We filled a pick up truck with trash from a dumpsite on the way. The trash walk was an entertaining and impactful way to do some …


MEET: Indosole, working to get 1 million tires out of landfills

Indosole is a great Indonesia-based social enterprise looking to repurpose one of the most difficult pieces of trash in our landfills- the humble tire. Indosole takes Indonesian tires and turns them into great shoes. It’s that simple and that amazing. As Indosole says: There is a massive amount of tire waste in the world. Waste tires sit in stockyards, illegal dumping sites, and even rivers. In tropical countries tires can become breeding grounds for mosquitos, which lead to nasty diseases like malaria and dengue fever. It is nearly impossible for tires to decompose. Due to their structure, tires take thousands of years to decompose. So technically the first tire ever made is still out there somewhere. In third world countries tires are used as a cheap alternative for fuel. This, along with tires that catch fire due to lightning storms, result in toxic oils and fumes that are harmful for human health. We need to act fast. Our Solution We repurpose these indestructible tires into the soles of some of the most durable footwear around. Indosole is …

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 …