If we educate the youth in the right way we can raise a whole generation of change makers. This is why Earthbound focusses so much on visiting schools to raise awareness about the global issues we face and empowering people to make a change happen. We hope to inspire them through presentations and workshops but … Continue reading Education is The Key to Solutions
Today I met a king, the king of bitters. Sambiloto is known to be one of the most bitter tastes you can achieve naturally, putting it to my tongue seemed toxic and I questioned whether it was safe to consume. Even with such a bitter taste, it is so beneficial, that it has become one of the most … Continue reading The King Of Bitters
Take a deep breath. Observe the oxygen filling your lungs. Feel how it feeds your entire body, how the oxygen is being delivered to every cell. Now exhale. The process you just underwent is called respiration, where the oxygen you inhale is being processed to create energy for your body to use. The chemical equation … Continue reading Lungs of the Earth
It took eight hours to drive to Ketambe, a small village in Sumatra, from the airport. My fog-clouded mind, still numb from waking up at 4am, could barely take in the sights and sounds that accompanied us as we traveled. We drove through small cities covered in light and smoke that clung to my hair … Continue reading A Breath of Fresh Air
Last year the burning of the rain forest in Indonesia was an astounding problem, it upset some friends and me so much that we decided that we wanted to do something about it. We were in a hazy bubble and not many people outside of Indonesia new much about conflict palm oil and the devastation … Continue reading Children Are The Most Powerful Activists
Ottoman traders yell out across the shipyard, as Acehnese merchants hustle back and forth along the port, selling their goods. A number of trading ships from the Dutch East Indies Company sit in the docks, being loaded with expensive and exotic spices to bring around Europe. This is the ancient Sultanate of Aceh, which was … Continue reading The History of Aceh: War, What is it Good For?
How could something so small be so big? Microbes are single-cell organisms that are so puny that millions of them can fit into the eye of a needle. Microbes include fungi, bacteria, and protists. They live just about everywhere: the soil, water, air, animals, rocks, and even us! A single teaspoon of soil contains A … Continue reading Microbes
When you enter the rainforest you are struck by the sounds and sights of life all around you, the swinging orangutans, the towering trees, and the cooing birds. What many people don’t know is that the rainforest actually has four distinct zones of life. The four layers of the rainforest are the ground layer, understory, … Continue reading The Layers of the Rainforest
We walked into this one a little blind, like a lot of things we’ve done on Earth Bound so far really. The only clue we had to what was about to unveil was that Sarita was giddy with excitement, but once again - a pretty regular thing. We were told it was called Saman Dance, … Continue reading Traditional Heroes
When you walk into the rainforests of Sumatra, one of the prominent features you notice are the buttress roots. They are distinct because of their ability to spread far and wide across the ground, their unique appearance, and their ability to absorb nutrients from the humus layer. The roots can grow up to 30 feet above the ground and reach over … Continue reading The Buttress Roots of Sumatra
After five years of teaching at Green School, I was given the opportunity to expand my passion for wall-less education and create our new traveling semester program, EARTHBOUND. With the goal of giving students rich and experiential education for sustainability with a unique global perspective that you can only get from immersing yourself in different … Continue reading Taking Green School on the Road
The rocket stove is a new innovation in stove technology. It uses a smart and efficient design to be more suitable than the traditional open fire stove. The rocket stove in the Kul-Kul Farm intrigued me. It was originally designed to be used in less developed countries, where the effluent from open fire cooking and heating … Continue reading Rocket Stoves: Propelling Cooking To New Levels
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Have you ever felt completely powerless in the face of societies turmoil? Have you ever thought to yourself ‘What’s the point?’. Living in this day and age, when the complex issues of our society are constantly crashing upon our foundation of hope, like tidal waves breaking on the crumbing city walls — their urgency and … Continue reading Ripples of Change
A Wonderful Day In India - Or So It Seems Even in a neighbourhood that you think you know, there can be surprises hiding in every corner. I learned this because the other day, we went to a Hare Krishna ashram and found something incredible right next to the school I used to … Continue reading Hare Krishna
How many of you have wanted to sail into the unknown and discover hidden tropical islands just like pirates used to do? Britta Slippens is a modern day pirate and has been sailing around Indonesia for around 20 years. She raised her children in the pristine waters and on white sand beaches sipping coconuts fresh … Continue reading Britta’s Boat
Indonesia - and even the whole world - is polluted with dumping places and burning pits. Just outside Sanur, a province in Bali, is a huge dumping place that is connected to to the ocean and pollutes everything around it. When I drive on the main road with the motorbike, it makes me want to throw … Continue reading The World of Trash
If anyone reading this has been to or lives in Bali, Indonesia you probably know that rice plays an extremely important role in the Balinese culture, but is growing rice worth it economically? Rice is not only used as food in Bali, it has many intriguing uses in the culture and is an iconic part of the landscape. … Continue reading Rice or Flowers?
During our “One Mile Deep - Sibang Kaja” learning period, we went on a little adventure to see what was happening around the village. Sitting in the back of the Kul Kul Farm truck, the Earth Bound team set off to a Biogas farm just around the corner from Green School. We smelt the cows … Continue reading Biogas in Bali
I was heartbroken to look down to see a river so repulsive; it had trash of all shapes and sizes flowing through the murky water. The voice of the river rang out clear and strong. It was not singing, it was screaming. People hunched over to pick up the garbage with their bare hands, then … Continue reading Mr. Trash Wheel