Month: November 2015

Three people you need to meet from Summit at Sea

John recently spoke at Summit at Sea, a conference that took place on a cruise ship in international waters off Miami. He got to listen to many of the other presenters and speakers and says we all need to get to know the following three people: 1. The Food Babe aka Vani Hari.  In her words: For most of my life, I ate anything I wanted. I was a candy addict, drank soda, never ate green vegetables, frequented fast-food restaurants and ate an abundance of processed food. My typical American diet landed me where that diet typically does, in a hospital. It was then, in the hospital bed more than ten years ago, that I decided to make health my number one priority. I used my new found inspiration for living a healthy life to drive my energy into investigating what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production. I didn’t go to nutrition school to learn this. I had to teach myself everything spending thousands of …

Sumba Hotel School by Ibuku

A school in Sumba

Sumba, an  island in eastern Indonesia,  is a totally remarkable place. A thin veneer of Christianity overlaying a wild and crazy animist culture. Beauty beyond compare. Ibuku is having the pleasure of building a school in Sumba, a school for training kids to work in the tourist industry, which is inevitably coming. That school is going to be all bamboo and truly beautiful. Exciting times in Sumba. -JH The school was founded by the Sumba Hospitality Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide hospitality and agricultural development education and to raise awareness and responsibility of young and underprivileged students, with a focus on education, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable tourism and exploring new possibilities to help the people of Sumba and surrounding islands. The Foundation has the following to say about their hotel school, currently being built out of bamboo with the help of the builders of Ibuku: It is our belief that Tourism can be a positive force in a poverty stricken region particularly when its community is involved in the process. It is …

Green School students

DO: Donate to get Green School students to COP21

Green School students are heading to COP21 in Paris to participate in the global discussion on climate change. They are fundraising to help with their costs. In their words: This year, Paris will host what could potentially be the largest climate change summit ever: the COP21. Surrounding this conference will be events specifically targeted at cultivating collective action through youth and sustainable movements, which we will be taking part in. We are now at a tipping point in the history of the world that will define the future of our generation and every generation to come. There have been countless attempts to reach a global climate agreement – businessmen, politicians, world leaders and activists have all been debating for our entire lives without coming to a consensus. Now it is time for us, as the future of the world, to step up and take matters into our own hands. Our mission is to contribute to positive change during our time in Paris. We will represent the Green School as well as the island of Bali …

Bio Bus at Green School

Recycling cooking oil and the Green School Bio Bus

Many years ago a friend in California bought the local fish and chip shop’s oil and ran his Mercedes on it. When his Mercedes went by you smelled fish and chips. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about cooking oil and used cooking oil; I just assumed in Bali it was being sold down the chain for poorer and poorer quality things until it was gone. It’s great that there’s a company now called Lengis Hijau  in Bali that’s getting the used cooking oil before it becomes carcinogenic roadside stall oil and that we’re running the Bio Bus at Green School on it. A great initiative by the kids and teachers. The student team behind the Green School’s Bio Bus  presented at the Renewable Energy Forum youth panel last week in Bali.  The event was organised by UNORCID and the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, so it was a great opportunity to get involved in the country’s energy discussions while also supporting the students.  Very impressed to read this statistic from the team:  In September …

Off to the compost pick up spot in New York

Composting, New York Style

It’s hard not be to be a little cynical with what’s going on in New York City, with the exception of the six months after 9/11, when people were so amazing. I sometimes have trouble understanding what these people are doing. But I was truly inspired recently, not just seeing my daughter Chiara, but hundreds of people coming to the Farmers’ Market with their bags of vegetable cuttings to give to the compost guy from Brooklyn. There were literally a hundred green rolling garbage cans in the back of the truck. Hello, New Yorkers composting! If you are in Bali in January 2016, come play in the compost with us at the Bringing Soil to Life course at Kul Kul Farm. Off to the market with Carina and Chiara Making a deposit Mission accomplished with Chiara and Carina.    

China travels

Travels in China with the Sustainable Rural Construction Forum

It was a shock to be invited to speak at a conference on rural sustainability in a small village in China, but I was strangely drawn toward it coming from a small village myself. When I arrived, it was beyond expectations. I was lost to the stereotype many people have of big cities and the idea that China is ‘gone’. China is far from gone. There are villages with a hundred houses and only 8 families left. I visited one of these places, but now people have moved in and are building libraries and restaurants; there is so much opportunity to get out of the big, ugly cities and move back to these amazing old buildings that are still there as are other things. The Chinese people are hungry to get back to the country. I was shown pictures of other villages I didn’t visit that made me dream. One is a two hour walk to reach; only 8 of 80 houses are inhabited. It’s an opportunity to inhabit these villages with new ideas, with organic agriculture, …

Bambu Indah in the Guardian

Bambu Indah in the Guardian

John always says that Bambu Indah is a garden with a hotel attached, something which the Guardian noticed. Meals at Bambu Indah in Ubud are created using produce from the hotel’s own organic vegetable garden. Bambu Indah was founded by the Hardy family who are also behind Bali’s Green School and their passion for the environment is evident in the menu. Eating locally and sustainably is also very healthy. Sitting in the open-air bamboo structure of Bambu Indah’s restaurant you can eat curry with eggplant and beans or “raw lasagna” made from layers of uncooked zucchini, mushrooms and tomato and topped with pesto. Read the rest: The 5 most healthy places to eat in Bali.  

Satish Kumar

WATCH: Soil, Soul and Society by Satish Kumar

“One of the most inspiring speakers I’ve ever heard,” said John Hardy after seeing Satish Kumar speak last month. Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. When he was only nine years old, Satish renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. He left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a peaceful world into reality, before undertaking an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow. Since 1973 he has been Editor at Resurgence magazine and his books include No Destination; You Are Therefore I Am; Spiritual Compass; Earth Pilgrim. Satish teaches, lectures and runs workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorates in Education (2000), Literature (2001) and in 2009 an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Exeter. Satish has regularly contributed to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and has appeared as a guest on Desert …

MEET: Lengis Hijau- Recycling Used Cooking Oil and Transforming it into Biodiesel in Bali

Founded in 2013, Lengis Hijau went on to build Bali’s first facility to recycle cooking oil into biodiesel- an amazing initiative for Bali’s environment. Lengis Hijau has a target to recycle between 400 and 600 m3 of used cooking oil per year into biodiesel. By substituting this amount of fossil diesel fuel for biodiesel it will save about 1000 to 1500 tons of climate damaging CO2 emissions. A big share of used cooking oil  in Bali is not disposed of but rather resold via middlemen and local markets to small food stalls (warung). Reusing cooking oil creates high health risks (cancer) for consumers, who are often from a lower social strata. A number of facts that strongly encouraged the project team to implement this recycling project appeared during an intense assessment of the baseline situation. From 340 hotels and restaurants, Lengis Hijau found out that: 1. As many as 2,500 liters of used cooking oil are generated everyday. 2. The issue of used cooking oil disposal has not been dealt within any systematic manner. A lot of used cooking …