14 Aug
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#TRISavesElephants, How and Why?

Did you know? Once common throughout Africa and Asia, elephant numbers were severely depleted during the 20th century, largely due to the massive ivory trade. While some populations are now stable and growing, poaching, conflict and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species. (WWF, 2019). And there are less than 3,000 Sumatran Elephants left in […]

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13 Jul
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Plastic-Wrapped Bananas by Clarissa A.

I am currently wearing a second-hand T-Shirt and a pair of shorts I have owned since high school.  Given I am 27 years old, that might not necessarily make me fashionable, but my clothes are practical, simple and timeless. As the oldies still fit me, I don’t mind that I am known to wear my […]

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17 Jun
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Arianna Valentini: What I Think About TRI Upcycle

10.8 million hectares have been deforested for palm oil plantations in the island of Sumatra (Indonesia)*. One of the main consequences of deforestation in Sumatra is the progressive extinction of orangutans that inhabit this ecosystem. Ben learnt this during a school trip when he was 13. That same year he founded TRIUPCYCLE, a social enterprise that […]

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27 May
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Palm Oil, Liquid Gold and Cause of Death by Clarissa A.

   My first encounter with palm oil was in 2012 when I was driving from Medan to Bukit Lawang which is the starting point to enter the adventures at the Gunung Leuser National Park. Watching the perfectly aligned palm trees standing next to each other urged me to question the taxi driver what we were driving past for […]

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26 Apr
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Who doesn’t love orangutans? By Clarissa A

Being a passionate primary school teacher and placing an emphasis on educating for sustainability in my lessons, I regard it as my duty to spread awareness about our planet’s endangered species. When my mother gave me an extremely adorable orangutan doll for my 25th birthday (yes 25th birthday) I simply had to introduce it to […]

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16 Apr
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TRI Hero: Clarissa Auffermann

  When I was asked to write my story as a TRI hero, the word hero irritated me at first. Volunteering for TRI doesn’t make me a hero. Much more, it is the TRI team and their concept that seems heroic. When I first met Ayu, Eci, and Annisa, I was in awe of their […]

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12 Sep
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An expedition into the Sabangau Forest with Pak Idrus

After thirty minutes of speeding through reeds and labyrinthine backwaters adjacent to the Sabangau Forest on a canoe-like klotok, we glided onto a loamy riverbank where it met the mouth of an illegal logging canal.  Our boat driver and guide for the day was Pak Idrus, a good-humoured Dayak local working as a dam builder […]

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24 Jul
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A greenie, a jar, and a message on a ricebag by: Ruby

8 months, a 600 gram mason jar of trash, 2 suitcases full of stuff, and a crazy happy human being. This 14th blog post marks the end (or should I say beginning?) of a quest for less… Last month, I presented a TED-style talk to the entire Green School Community. My journey of zero-waste and […]

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08 Jul
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GIVING A DAM

In October 2015, the Borneo Nature Foundation came to Green School and screened a hastily produced documentary titled ‘The Heart of the Haze’. Through this film we learned about the catastrophic fires that were devastating the forests of Central Kalimantan and the two-decade long history of deforestation in the region. We were shocked by how […]

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