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Jackson Harries  Filmmaker, Photographer, Environmentalist.

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I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights. We were told there was a slim chance during our trip to Greenland last year, but for the most part they remained hidden. Towards the end of our trip @finnharries, @timtothewild and I arrived in the capital of Nuuk after our flight was diverted due to bad weather. As we drove out of the airport late one evening, the sky suddenly lit up a bright phosphorescent green. As soon as we arrived at our hotel I grabbed my camera and tripod and we ran down to the sea front. We spent a cold few hours sat on the edge of this rock watching the lights dance above the ocean. This was taken on a tripod with a wide angle lens and a 20 second exposure.

Jumping into action on climate change ๐Ÿ˜‚#EarthDay ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’š

Camping on the very edge of the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland last year. #EarthDay

Here's a picture I shot whilst flying over the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland last year. Since visiting new studies have been published that suggest the glacier is retreating far quicker than originally predicted. It's estimated that 270 gigatones of water melts each year. This has a direct impact on sea levels endangering coastal cities and low lying countries.

Happy #EarthDay! Here's a picture of me stood on the Greenland ice sheet looking out over miles of untouched pristine wilderness. This was taken during an unforgettable trip with the WWF last year. Let's use today to remind ourselves of the beauty of where we live and embrace the environmental challenges we face together. ๐ŸŒ

Today is my last day in Bali. I'm feeling proud in this photo because I rode a smaller board for the first time this week. I started a week ago falling flat on my face attempting to stand on a foam board twice my height. It feels great to have made progress. In the process I've become completely hooked on surfing. Someone said to me 'Surfing is a bit like life. The waves come at you and you just have to paddle as hard as you can and try and ride them. Sometimes, you'll mess up and fall off but you just need to paddle back out, get back up and try again'. I know it's cheesy as hell but thinking of this metaphor this week has helped me a lot. It's reminded me that no matter how many waves come your way, and how many times you get beat down, you just have to be patient, wait for that next wave and when you see it say to yourself 'This wave's not gonna knock me down, instead, I'm gonna ride it like a badass mother fucker'. And surprisingly you do, and it feels great. Anyway that's my two cents for the day. Have a good one wherever you are. Chakaaaaa ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŠ

The solar farm providing energy to run the school. This was taken from the top floor of the central bamboo structure. In the distance you can see an almost full moon shinning over the campus. This is by far the most magical setting for a school I've ever seen. Obviously this is an extreme version of a 'green school'. But it makes you think. Is there room for improvement in our school system? Should they be more integrated with the natural environment? Should there be a greater focus on sustainability, community and responsibility. The students of this school are likely to play an important role in future of sustainable development.

Stood outside a bamboo classroom with grade 1 teacher Kania. These guys inspired me so much. The school educates in sustainability, through community-integrated, entrepreneurial learning, in a beautiful wall-less, natural environment. Their aim is to empower the next green leaders.

The Schoolโ€™s bamboo bridge, spanning 22 meters across the Ayung River, was completed in November 2006, creating a beautiful, strong symbol of the transition from the realm of idea to reality. - The Green School, Bali, Indonesia.

Growing in action. All work by the students here.

This is the school aquaponics system. A great example of permaculture. Water feeds the plants/herbs which in turn feeds the fish below my feet. This is a project looked after and maintained by middle and high school students. Did I mention they don't do exams? Anyone else wish they'd spent their school years here!?

A bamboo structure classroom standing amongst the trees at The Green School in Bali.

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