All posts tagged: Green School students

Heather Blair at INK

WATCH: Breaking the silence by Heather Blair

Activist and Green School graduate Heather Blair speaks powerfully on how to eradicate the ‘silence’ surrounding the topic of sexual assault and the need to use the power of social media to foster an environment that encourages people to share. About Heather:  Heather Blair is 17 years old and a recent graduate of The Green School in Bali, Indonesia.  She lives between Canada, California, Bali and the Caribbean.  Having studied musical theatre, acting and improv since she was five, Heather has taken these skills and put them towards speaking about sexual assault. She prides herself on being a human rights activist, actress, screenwriter and feminist.  Her objectives going forward include completing a short film and attending University in New York. She is plant based, enjoys football, film, fashion, photography and Krav Maga.

Dali and Finn from Nalu at INKTalks

WATCH: NALU tells the ‘Give to Get’ story at INKTalks

NALU has just launched their line of organic sweatshirts in L.A. “It’s been so amazing to moving to producing organic streetwear so we can support the planet and people’s health. It’s all being produced in an organic factory in India,” says Dali Schonfelder, co-founder of NALU. Listen to them tell their story of how they founded their enterprise, starting from a simple desire to help their friends in rural Indian schools get school uniforms. Recorded at INKTalks in Goa. 

John Hardy in TED Stories film

TED Stories: What if kids could change the world?

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.

First biodiesel pump in Indonesia

The first biodiesel pump station for public use in Indonesia

Incredibly excited to hear that the Green School Bio Bus team is launching its biodiesel public pump on campus! The Green School Bio Bus is student-led initiative that collects spent cooking oil from Bali restaurants to power the school bus. They are taking a huge step forward this year by opening a public pump where anyone with a diesel engine can fill up with biodiesel!  On November 11 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of possibly Indonesia’s first 100% Biodiesel (B100) Station. Built by one of the Green School parents, Rodney Parish, in cooperation with the Green School Bio Bus team and Lengis Hijau,  this 100% biodiesel pump station is even powered by solar. Leeland Gentry, one of the Green School grade 12 students,  has been using his car to test the biodiesel for the last month. “The aim of setting up the pump is to make B100 available to the Green School community and eventually expand to people outside the community,” said Leeland.  He added that it has been an a good experience for his car …

Heather Blair at INK

Green School students at INKTalks

“Last week I went to INKTalks with three students from Green School- Dali and Finn Schonfelder and Heather Blair. Dali and Finn spoke about Nalu, their company, and Heather about the importance of consent. Both got a standing ovation from the crowd. An impressive feat considering who was in the audience. Can’t wait to see the talks get published.” -JH It’s one thing to look good when you buy our clothes, the next thing is to do good and therefore feel good. – Dali and Finn  

Earthbound Traveling Semester

Green School goes on the road with Earthbound

“Earthbound is an incredible program. Learning by doing, not just here in Bali but all around the world during a traveling semester. Follow their stories and journey as they get up close with the big issues.” -JH About Earthbound: Semester one began on August 22 at Kul Kul Farm next to Green School where we began our orientation. Focusing on the first permaculture design principle: Observe and Interact, we began to explore the neighbourhood around Green School, uncovering stories and meeting unsung heroes who were finding innovative solutions to many issues plaguing our immediate community. We took our tools of observation and investigation to Lombok to work with Oceans.Care and meet the local activists, journalists, artists and citizens who are trying to keep their island from drowning in plastic. Next week we head to the heart of the conflict palm oil crisis as we visit the pristine and endangered Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra. From there we head to Greece to unpack the complexities of the refugee and economic crises, learn about the history of democracy, take part in environmental …

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 …

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    

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 …

INK2014 Isabel Melati Wijsen

Bye Bye Plastic Bags: From Bali to India!

Green School students and founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags took their message to INKTalks 2014! Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, youngsters Melati Wijsen (13) and Isabel Wijsen (11) are working to transform their community and society through their project BBPB (Bye Bye Plastic Bags), which focuses on the issue of waste disposal. Today, BBPB has become a well-known social initiative with a team of 25 volunteers from different local and international schools working to increase awareness around garbage disposal and advocate to change public perception about the use of plastic.