Let me introduce myself
My name is Jorien Timmers (1991) graduated psychologist at the ‘Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam’. (Bachelor of Science) After graduating, I have worked and traveled abroad for 2.5 years and have, among other things, developed this project called ‘Eco Bus America’. The environmental concern on which this project focuses most, is the enormous use of plastic in our societies, and the consequences this has on our planet. Since two years, I live a so-called ‘zero waste’ lifestyle. This means that I use no plastic at all and try to ‘waste’ as little as possible. I want to show people how they can live a more eco-friendly life too. I will achieve this by showing movies, giving presentations and workshops and playing music, while driving in a VAN through Latin America to visit schools, cultural centers and other public areas.
The goal of the ‘Eco Bus America’ project is to create awareness about environmental problems such as the ‘excessive’ use of plastic and the consequences of that for our planet and our health. I want to inspire children and adults and help them making the little changes in live that may in turn help us save our endangered planet. Many people know about the problems but do not realize how big they actually are, or feel powerless and do not realize how much positive influence they can actually have on those problems, through ‘small’ changes in their daily lives. We are becoming a lot more aware and more people are doing something about environmental problems. However, the problems that we face today are very serious and are happening at a rapid pace. I think it is very important to take action as quickly as possible and to focus on awareness in combination with providing ideas in a fun and challenging way and teaching about the alternative ways to make a more environmentally friendly life possible.
This is the video to introduce my project to you. I made it for the crowdfunding campaign I did in the end of 2017. It gives you an impression of the project. There is a lot more recent video’s available on the youtube channel where you can subscribe yourself, as well as for the newsletter of this website. In both cases you will get an email every time there is a new video available.
I visit schools, cultural centers, festivals, hostels, companies etc. to show children and adults the seriousness of the problems in different ways, but above all to explain how they themselves can contribute to a better world. I want to inspire people in different ways, by giving presentations and workshops about my own life in which I try to waste as little as possible, but also by making music and by showing short films. I do this all while driving from place to place in an electrically powered VAN which also serves as a living example of how I live my life as ‘waste less’ as possible.
Stages of the Project
My project is called ‘Eco Bus America’. Why America? Because I will carry out my project in Latin-America. I will travel from Chile to Patagonia and then all the way to California. A journey that will take at least three years. I will do this in an electrically powered VAN. To get from Holland to Chile, I will cross the ocean with a sailing ship. I will start this journey the 2nd of October 2019. I will most likely cross the ocean with the project ‘Sail to the COP’. Once in a while I post videos at social media and in the end I will make a documentary of the entire project. I’ve already started filming during the try-out tour in Europe. I posted those video’s on my YouTube Channel.
At this moment I’m preparing this big trip. I am looking for a boat that wants to take me from Europe to South America, during these months of preparation I am also visiting schools in the Netherlands. There is still more money needed to start this project so apart from working for the project I am also currently working as a family coach in Amsterdam and trying to find funding for this project.
My project started in Argentina, where I did my first visit to a school in the village of ‘San Andrés de Giles’ in early October 2017. A few weeks later on October the 20est, I started a two-months Crowdfunding campaign for my project. From then I continued to visit schools, companies and festivals in Brazil, Spain and also in the Netherlands. In September and October 2018, I decided to do a try-out tour by traveling from the Netherlands to Spain and back, with a borrowed VAN and help from my friend Guillermo Zocca from Argentina with which I started a music duo and recorded a CD as a reward for the people who helped me finance the project with the Crowdfunding campaign. The try-out tour in Europe was a great success and gave me a lot of extra energy to continue this project!
music plays an important role in my project. I see it as an indirect way of inspiring people. When I was younger, I had singing clases and since I started my project in South America, I started to pick up the singing again after years. I took a ukulele with me and started to sing Latin- American music with it. For the crowdfunding campaign of this project I made a CD with my Argentinian music duo Guillermo Zocca. The name of our Dúo is ‘Dúo Todo’ that means ‘Dúo everything’.