Our first Eco-Library developed spontaneously in 2013 during Petr’s surf trip to a remote Indonesian island of Sumba. During his stay with the local community, Petr realized that environmental problems have roots in the children’s education. He learned most of the children were growing up without access to books and knowledge about nature. And as a consequence, they feared the local and unknown wildlife.
In preparation for his return trip to Sumba, Petr went looking for the best children’s nature books he could find in the capital city, Jakarta. He filled his backpack and brought back more than 50 books!
Motivated by the very positive reaction of the children and community, Petr discovered the educational model of ‘eco-literacy’ and developed a way he could promote environmental education to more communities across Indonesia. Together with a couple of likeminded friends he established a non-profit organisation in January 2014, in his home country, the Czech Republic.
MEET THE TEAM
We are a small but passionate team promoting eco-literacy 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."
“It wasn’t until later in life that I realized the connectedness we all have in relation to the earth. How does a bag of potato chips affect a river’s ecosystem or charging a cell phone affect a coal mining community? It’s hard to make these connections when we aren’t taught these things at a young age. That is what motivated me to join green-books.org. As a child I grew up in Surabaya, the second biggest city in Indonesia, detached from nature and lacking access to books about nature in school.”
"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."