GECKO’s encouraging start led our team to expand our efforts and develop an e-learning platform to make the curriculum more accessible to the masses. In August 2011, GECKO Online, a series of virtual animated environmental lectures were released, with the purpose of offering free educational resources to anyone with a keen green interest. So far, lectures have been created on www.greennovate.org with the following topics in English and Chinese; Lessons from the Past, Energy for the Future, Solving Sustainability Challenges, The Journey of Sustainable Business and The Secret lives of our clothes. Moving forwards, GECKO Online will provide a new lesson each month, addressing most urgent topics around food, waste, cosmetics, water and so on.
Our lessons have been viewed not only in China, but almost half of the visitors are now coming from abroad. If you would like to follow our progress and help us spread the word, please like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gecko-Online/180489448699876 or join us on Twitter @greennovate.
We hope to increase our impact and reach viewers both throughout China and abroad, helping to inspire people everywhere and help foster a generation who understand and appreciate the value of sustainability.
Thank you all for your support!
The Greennovate team
With all the business + sustainability training we’ve been doing with FedEx in 6 cities throughout China since September, we thought we’d do something a little different to break the office monotony, and bring what we teach to the great outdoors. Together with Biker Guangzhou, a local environmental group that has been promoting green commuting in Guangzhou City, we organized a community bike ride for about 60 FedEx employees with their friends and family at the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Centre where 10 local institutions are located on Xiaoguwei Island. It was a great turnout and a true team-bonding experience for everyone.
This year, we were celebrating World Environment Day with a very special announcement. Since March 1st 2011, Morgan Parker and the Wheel2Wheel crew have been traveling across ten countries. Commencing in Hong Kong and finishing in Australia, raising awareness and providing financial assistant to local causes. Our GECKO program was the featured cause for Morgan’s journey through China and today, Wheel2Wheel announced financial support for our GECKO on line platform. Through their support, we will be able to develop the first set of on line lectures about environmental sustainability for Chinese students and young professionals. These on line lectures will supplement the efforts of Greennovate’s many trainers around China who are teaching about the environment. We believe the combination of the online platform and our student trainers will raise awareness amongst people in China about what they, as individuals, can do to reduce their environmental footprint. Congratulations to Morgan as he enters his native Australia next Monday and completes his final month of the Wheel2Wheel expedition! Stay tuned and check back with us in September when we launch the first test on line lectures.
We just got back from a three-day trip in Yangshuo in South China, where we joined Morgan Parker and his team of Wheel2Wheel. Wheel2Wheel is an independent non-profit organization created to raise awareness and provide financial assistance to grassroots projects throughout Australasia.
We were invited to participate as to present our GECKO program in the school in Yangshuo and discuss our challenges and needs. The Wheel2Wheel team showed a great commitment to their mission. Adventurer Morgan has a tough journey of 20,000 kilometers ahead with 10 countries and 10 charitable organizations to visit.
We decided to choose Yangshou as a location for meeting Wheel2Wheel. because the town is an example of a place which needs conservation and promotion of eco-tourism. Besides, the beautiful mountains provided a stunning backdrop for film, which will turn Morgan's journey into a TV series.
For us Greennovators, was really great being back in Yangshuo and seeing how the city cleaned up since our last visit in 2009. We noticed much larger interest among students and teachers of Yangshuo Vocational Technical School, and were continuously invited to come back again, and to permanently integrate the GECKO program into the curriculum.
The Wheel2Wheel journey and persistence of the team working behind it is just another indicator that combining business skills with social potential can challenge old paradigms and make a big change happen. Stay tuned for GECKO's TV appearance.
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