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Promoting sustainable way of life to 85 million Indonesian children

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Natural treasures of one of the most biodiverse country on Earth are being destroyed – faster than ever. We believe that access to books and knowledge about nature will empower 85 million Indonesian children to make more sustainable choices.

Promoting sustainable way of life to 85 million Indonesian children
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$50,000 goal in USD


WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING TO INDONESIA

Indonesia’s unique nature is being confronted with the world’s hunger for resources and domestic economy driven by a huge mass of 250 million inhabitants. Including 85 million children that are lacking relevant environmental education.

Deforestation at the world’s highest rate

In Indonesia, rainforests of the size of 134 football fields are cut down every hour. Such enormous ecosystem disruption causes more frequent floods and wildfires. 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 ecosystem

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 puts already endangered species of wild animals into hazard. 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

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



OUR APPROACH

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

Awakening natural intuitions of children

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

Encouraging reading for pleasure

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.

Nurturing community eco champions

Thousands of children, from more than 60 locations, inspired through our eco-literacy program have been spreading acquired sustainable practices in their communities. Adults, often stuck in rushed consumption lifestyles, can also learn from the offsprings and become the agents of positive change.

Ecological 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.


WHAT WE DO

The following STEPS TO ECOLOGICAL LITERACY empower Indonesian children and their communities to gain the knowledge about how to live sustainably and in harmony with nature.


1. ECO-LIBRARIES

  • What is the current situation: Indonesia is facing environmental disaster. There is a lack of environmental education in schools. As a consequence, 85 million children fear the wildlife they don't understand. There is also a lack of libraries, bookstores and role models who read.
  • What is our solution: Awakening children's curiosity about Nature, helping them to overcome their fear of the unknown and grow their empathy towards the environment, thereby stimulating them to protect it now and in the future.
  • How we achieve it: We create Eco-Libraries, source children's books and distribute them to the Eco-Libraries.
  • What are the tools we use: Fun-to-read and up-to-date books in Indonesian language.
  • What are the topics: Fauna, flora, ecosystems and environment.
  • Who are the recipients: Children 6-18 years of age.
  • Who are the intermediaries: Eco-Library Managers (Eco-Library supervision).
  • How will eco-literacy be introduced: Children read the books individually.
  • Location: Already established institutions (schools, children's clubs, public libraries, mosques, churches, etc.) or newly initiated community Eco-Libraries
  • IT requirements: Internet, digital camera, computer/smartphone.
  • Cost: USD 222 for the first set of books.


2. ECO-ACTIVITIES

  • What is the current situation: Indonesia is facing environmental disaster, there is lack of environmental education in public schools, lack of knowledge on how ecosystems are interconnected and how people influence them.
  • What is our solution: Inspiring and enabling children to lead sustainable lifestyles, help them to interact with Nature.
  • How we achieve it: Introducing Eco-Activities and games to the Eco-Libraries.
  • What are the tools we use: Storytelling/Book-reading, Creative activities (drawing/painting, craft making, poetry, song writing, etc.), Actions (cleanups, tree planting, cooking, etc.), Projects (composting, veggie garden, up-cycling), Eco-movie watching & discussion, Field trips.
  • What are the topics: Web of life (we're all connected), Waste, Food, Water, Energy, Climate change, Travel, Ecosystem services, Biodiversity, Pollution, Consumption (buying power, wasteful consumption-throwaway society, consumerism, materialism), Health (hygiene & nutrition), Housing & Building.
  • Who are the recipients: Children 6-18 years of age.
  • Who are the intermediaries: Eco-Library Managers (coordinators who take care of the Eco-Library and implement the Eco-Activities on the spot), Field Monitors (who visit the communities and carry out on the spot monitoring)
  • How will eco-literacy be introduced: Children perform Eco-Activities in groups under the supervision of an Eco-Library Manager according to the guidelines downloadable from a designated Facebook Forum.
  • Location: Eco-Library and surroundings.
  • IT requirements: Internet, digital camera, computer/smartphone.
  • Cost: Incentives for Eco-Library Managers (Green Educators course by Green School, Bali), Eco-Library equipment (Nazava water filters, reusable water bottles), 2nd batch of books.

green-books.org

Organisation

green-books.org
Location: Veleslavínská 150/44, Czech Republic, Prague 6 162 00
Website: green-books.org
Phone: +420606731931

Project leader

Petr Hindrich
Founder


green-books.org

Organisation

green-books.org
Location: Veleslavínská 150/44, Czech Republic, Prague 6 162 00
Website: green-books.org
Phone: +420606731931

Project leader

Petr Hindrich
Founder

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