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."