I never thought Green by John would take off like this. Thank you to all the readers and have a happy 2017. Here are the top 16 most-read posts of 2016 on Green by John. From the bottom up: NO 16: MEET: The NALU Team They saw something that wasn’t right, so they started a business to sell t-shirts to make it right. The story of the student-run social enterprise that is NALU made it to the 16 most read articles on Green by John for 2016. NO 15: Spearing garbage, talking trash The rule of the trash walk is simple, you have to keep walking, keep spearing and keep talking. NO 14: Back to school with the new Green School classrooms IBUKU designed and built new classrooms for Green School. Take a look at the end result as the kids start using the spaces. NO 13: IBUKU goes to Hong Kong The end result of IBUKU’s design for TRi Restaurant came it at number 13 on the list. TRi is IBUKU’s first overseas project. NO 12: What if kids …
Part of a series of stories created by ARTE France for TED Stories. This 50 minute documentary features interviews from John Hardy, Orin Hardy, and staff and students from Green School Bali as they explore how children can change the world. At 11 and 13 years-old, Melati and Isabel Wijsen started an enormous fight to force their government to ban plastic bags in Bali. Their island crumbles under mass tourism and consumption. An army of little hands strives to hide it all. Stakes are high. 67% of GDP depends on tourism. And the plastic crisis only makes climate change worse. We went to meet the two sisters in their home in Bali, a paradise at the forefront of climate change. They share their experience on activism and kids empowerment and their secret : Melati and Isabel attend Green School, in the heart of Bali. Founded by John Hardy, this experimental school immerses kids with their reality : a world about to end, and another one to invent.
Cynthia and I will be at TED in Vancouver. When I stood up on the stage at Oxford and spoke, I honestly thought TED was an airplane brand in America. I had no idea 750,000 people would eventually watch that talk and it would power Green School. The next thing I knew I was in the audience with Elora speaking at TED. And she is almost at 2.5 million views. And what’s coming is the TED talk from the Bye Bye Plastic Bags girls. TED is the definitely the four best days of most years for me. Thank you TED, for being there and caring. -JH
I am so proud of these girls! This is the type of action I dreamed would happen when Cynthia and I first created Green School. With these words, John Hardy, alongside a government official, opened up a wonderful evening that saw more than 150 people gathered to watch the premier of the first ever TED talk by Green School students. Last September, during TEDGlobal – London, Melati and Isabel moved their audience as they told the story of their ongoing quest to stop the use of plastic bags in Bali. Usually referred to as paradise, the island of the gods has fallen victim to its own beauty and is now facing ecological catastrophe. With millions of visitors flooding the island each year, Bali is now producing 680 cubic meters of plastic garbage every day and is soon becoming, as the girls put it, a lost paradise. Not wanting to be bystanders to the destruction of their homes, the two young activists, inspired by one of their teachers, decided to start a movement they named “Bye Bye …
Two million views in less than 7 months. Elora’s TED2015 talk on bamboo is still spreading rapidly.
Including our very own Bye Bye Plastic Bags team of Isabel and Melati all the way from Green School Bali! A great summary of the day and the ideas shared at the one day TEDGlobal event in London on September 29, 2015.
“Standing ovation. No longer a secret, the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke at TED Global 2015. They were the final act of the day and made an incredible presentation.” An incredible day, from Green School Bali to London! Isabella and Melati shared their story of working to make Bali plastic bag free with a room full of TED attendees at a TEDGlobal Salon. These girls and the team behind Bye Bye Plastic Bags need our support to make their vision a reality. Stay tuned for ways to help them make this happen. Check out the the TEDGlobal blog post here– the girls are in the last paragraph.
I did my TED talk and it has really powered the school. For 5 years it’s been out there and I have almost 750,000 views and I’m very proud; but I am eclipsed, I am eclipsed in the best possible way. My beautiful daughter Elora blew by me after only a few days and she now has over a million views and headed for the task of informing the world about bamboo. I’m so excited for her and for bamboo. She’s a great ambassador and there’s huge interest out there.