The Green School is an amazing project, pioneering sustainability within education, Now, I am sure that some of you might be wondering is this just another ordinary school that aims at promoting ideas such as recycling and energy saving. If you think that’s the case, then, you are totally wrong. The Green School is a lot more than that; it is by far the “greenest” and innovative school I have ever seen!
The Green School sits in south-central, Bali, on 20 acres of gardens. Instead of the usual image of what a school should be with bricks and concrete walls, the school is built primarily from bamboo which is a natural and renewable resource. The Green School is being recognized as the number one model of sustainability in education in the world. The co-founder John Hardy made it very clear that the aim of the Green School is to promote valuable and useful skills to create a new generation of global, green leaders. Instead of having class in classrooms with walls and blackboard, students here at Green School gain their knowledge by connecting with the nature. Nature is where all the possibilities are and where you give and take.
Every aspect of the site and buildings are living examples of sustainability. Micro-hydro power, solar power and bio-diesel are used. Green School standard is to use 99% natural materials in their construction projects, to recycle as many materials as possible, and to manage waste responsibly.
The “greenness” of the school can be easily seen around campus. The school cow is used to replace the lawnmower on the playing field. Instead of writing on blackboards or whiteboards, they write on bamboo blackboards. Instead of use lights and air-conditioning, they use natural lights and natural breeze.
The world is not indestructible; one day energy and resources will all be used up. In the sense of learning how to live a sustainable future, the Green School sets a really good example to the world and has done a fantastic job. The idea of Green School is one of the first but certainly not the last, seeing the success I’m sure more yet to come. If each place in every country can have a school like this to instill the idea of sustainable living, our future generations can still have a chance to enjoy the life that we had. They can still have a chance to experience blue skies and cool breeze. Just remember, “Let the nature take the lead”, because nature is where all possibilities begin!
Click to see co-founder John Hardy’s interview and the Green School offical website.