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John Hardy

Founder, Green School (Bali)

You might call John Hardy the Bamboo Missionary. Since having his life “ruined” by Al Gore’s global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, the Bali-based Canadian jewelry designer has been on a mission to help save the planet. His solution? The Green School, a pioneering, open-air educational centre that blends holism with a traditional British curriculum. Built entirely of locally- grown bamboo and surrounded by gardens that students tend themselves, the Green School currently teaches some 275 kids from more than 40 countries to see the world as a complex, inter-related whole. John calls the Green School a “Cathedral to Green Education”. He’s the kind of missionary you can feel good about.