To educate Indonesian children on the natural systems that make life on earth possible and inspire them to live sustainably.
Our vision is to fuel the development of thousands of Eco-Education Centers around the world, by empowering every single child to become a leader in the movement towards protecting the natural environment.
What’s really happening in indonesia
Indonesia’s unique natural environment is in conflict with the world’s demand for resources and a domestic economy driven by a growing population of 260 million — including 85 million children lacking environmental education.
Deforestation at the world’s highest rate
In Indonesia, massive tracts of rainforests the size of 132 football fields are cut down every hour. The enormous ecosystem disruption is increasing flooding and forest fires while bringing endemic species like orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos to the verge of extinction.
Pollution that poisons our food chain
Java’s Citarum River, lined by 2,000 factories, is the most polluted river in the world. Life-threatening mercury leaks into the surrounding watershed from gold mines in Papua, Sumbawa and Kalimantan. After China, Indonesia is the 2nd largest polluter of oceans with plastic, which is mistaken as food by marine animals.
Devastation of marine ecosystems
High demand for Indonesian fish leads to unsustainable overfishing. 82% of Indonesia’s coral reefs along its 17,000 islands have been damaged as a result of dynamite and cyanide fishing, trawling, bleaching and ocean acidification.
Exploitation of endangered species
Popularity of oriental medicine and demand for pets pushes already endangered species to the brink. Among these species are the Javan Hawk-eagle, Bali Starling, Slow Loris, Pangolin, Manta Ray, Whitetip Shark and Helmeted Hornbill.
Education that is lagging behind
Indonesia’s education system is one of the largest in the world and it is unable to cope with the high demand, failing to deliver knowledge on key subjects like the environment. As a result children have little understanding of the natural processes around them and no role models who promote eco-awareness.
The idea for our first Eco-Education center—formerly known as an “Eco-Library”—sprouted in 2013, when founder Petr Hindrich was surfing on the remote Indonesian island of Sumba. During his stay with the local community, Petr discovered children were growing up without access to books or information about nature. He suspected that a lack of environmental education might be playing a major part in causing the pollution, waste, and other eco issues running rampant on the island and across Indonesia.
Petr went looking for the best children’s nature books he could find in the capital city, Jakarta. Cramming his backpack, Petr brought more than 50 books back to Sumba.
Motivated by the positive reaction of the children and community in Sumba, Petr dreamed up a way he could promote environmental education across Indonesia. Together with a couple of like-minded friends in 2014, he established Green-Books.org, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting eco-education.
MEET THE TEAM
We are a small but passionate team promoting eco-education to children across Indonesia
“While learning about different cultures around the world I noticed that happier people are not those who are surrounded by material, but those who are closely connected with nature, who accept the fact that humans are not the superior species that should seek to monopolize the planet. I tried to study this phenomenon, to find out what nature provides us and gradually became interested in environmentalism. Finally, I set my heart upon dedicating efforts and time to promote the love of nature and a sustainable way of life.”
"Neither life, nor travelling is about being rich materially, but it’s about getting your ass up and do something that makes you happy--and it’s a bonus if you can make others happy along the way. Education, however, is something that makes you realize those things, along with issues such as inequality, poverty, and ecological issues. None of us are equal at the beginning of the “Monopoly” game of life, but education can equalize those differences. Love your family, appreciate friends, like what you do for a living, do sports, travel to learn about world around you."
"I grew up in the suburban area in West Java, where I spent most of my childhood playing in the forest, observing every natural detail. It was not long until I realized that the dragonflies and fireflies disappeared and children didn’t play outside any longer. In that moment I realized that our connection, as humans, to nature has changed. This inspired me to choose a life path as a biologist and to dedicate my life for mother nature."
"Along with so many others, I was completely shocked when I first witnessed the trash-covered beaches and gutters over-flowing with waste--when on holiday in Bali and I was disturbed with the way Indonesia handles it's waste overall. Soon after, I met Petr to find out about green-books.org and fell in love with their mission immediately. I strongly believe environmental education is the best way to spread awareness and understanding of nature to young people. To teach about sustainable ways of life equips them with examples of how to live responsibly, as the earth's natural resources are limited. I believe this is simply the right way to contribute to the betterment of our future and am proud of being a part of such an impactful organisation."
"Nature is our endless inspiration, teaching us how all it's elements are intertwined, how seemingly trivial events can trigger reactions leading to subsequent disorder. I see how our behaviour at one end of the world can influence the ecosystems in my beloved Indonesia. It is important to spread the word about environmental issues and how to prevent them, and therefore how to preserve our vital planet for future generations. The Eco-Education program is a perfect tool to promote such knowledge. I'm glad to contribute my free time into something that I believe in."