Human action destroys natural treasures of one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth at a speed that is hard to believe.

What’s really happening in indonesia

Indonesia’s unique nature is in conflict with the world’s hunger for resources and domestic economy driven a growing population of 250 million. Including 85 million children that are lacking environmental education.

Deforestation at the world’s highest rate

In Indonesia, rainforests the size of 134 football fields are cut down every hour. Such enormous ecosystem disruption causes more frequent floods and forest fires. Indigenous inhabitants are losing their natural livelihoods. Orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and other endemic species are on 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

The lack of public libraries and role models who promote reading, along with the relatively high price of books contribute to alarming statistics: only 1 out of 1,000 Indonesians is a passionate reader. Moreover environmental education in public schools is insufficient.

We raise awareness about nature and sustainable practices in communities using children’s education and books as a starting point.

OUR APPROACH

1 Awakening natural intuitions of children

We believe that the most effective way to solve environmental issues in the long-term is to prevention through education. Children are the future of this planet and love for nature is innate. We inspire and lead by example - because “what children see, children do”.

2 Encouraging reading for pleasure

Studies show literacy and reading as a hobby empower children to make smarter choices in the future. It concerns environment as well as gender inequality, civic engagement, critical thinking, poverty, nutrition, birth control, malaria and many more important topics.

3 Nurturing the Green Gurus

The most effective way to spread any knowledge is to educate the educators. The Green Gurus (Eco-Library coordinators) are at the heart of our quest to educate, inspire, and transform the children and communities to live more sustainably. Learn about our tools to nurture the Green Gurus.

Ecological literacy is the ability to understand the natural systems that make life on earth possible.

Eco-literacy

Eco-literacy is a powerful concept that we promote throughout our activities. It enables children to understand how ecosystems are interconnected and how they are influenced by humans. It empowers communities to identify the causes and solutions of their local environmental issues.

Find out more about our programs – The tree steps toward eco-literacy

What we do

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