Green Schools Green Future is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2018 by environmentalist Nikole Bélanger with the dream of introducing a new, progressive and green education system in developing communities. Its mission is to develop responsible leaders of tomorrow by teaching sustainable vocational skills. Nikole was first inspired to build green schools when volunteering for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Canada in 2008 and is now transforming her vision into reality with a team of 28 enthusiastic and environmentally-conscious volunteers.
Since its inception, Green Schools Green Future has made significant steps towards its goal by participating in trade shows, obtaining sponsorships and donations and developing corporate partnerships. Committed to building its first sustainable school pilot by the end of 2019, the organization intends to forge partnerships in Canada, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Gabon. What makes these schools unique is the green operating style: solar panels for electricity; vertical farm with aquaponic system to grow food; environmentally-safe building materials; and laptops to reduce paper consumption.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ”
– Nelson Mandela
Introduce a new, progressive and green education system in developing communities that directly connects students to sustainable tools and applications to create a “New Normal” and produce a new generation of Green Leaders to advance their communities in the new green economy.
To provide sustainable education for a sustainable future in developing communities.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ‘Nelson Mandela’
We believe that to create a green and sustainable future, we must first start by focusing on education. Green Schools Green Future strives to build schools that:
Are sustainable, environmentally responsible and self-sufficient
Offer students and their parents the opportunity to learn about green trades and technology
Empower students within their own communities
Provide the underprivileged with a path to a brighter future
We plan to accomplish this mission by building schools using sustainable construction materials, solar panels, water filtration systems, and implementing aquaculture and aquaponic farms.
The benefits of green technology:
Hands-on experience with aquaponic food and fish production, maintaining solar panels and water filtration systems
The experience can help students transition into a green career after graduation
Food grown using aquaculture and aquaponic farms will be a source of healthy food for students and their families
Surplus food and electricity can be sold to generate income for the school and the community
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen”
– Michael Jordan
As we know it takes a village to bring any projects together and we have a good start!
This is why Green Schools Green Future means everything to me!
Very exciting to be on board for GSGF as we open up sustainable schools and trades that encourages new education, farming, power grids, wind energy, climate change, etc. to mention just a few. This is our new future with many partners globally working together.
For me the Green Schools Green Future project is about change. Change in how education is delivered in developing communities. Change in how these communities can thrive and move forward in the new green economy. Change in how future leaders are created.
As someone who believes that everyone should have some environmental education in order to protect the earth. Today being a part of the GSGF project, I have the opportunity to educate the young generation of my country Haiti and abroad, while learning so much myself.