Greentumble was founded in 2015 by Sara and Ovi with the goal to inspire people throughout the world to open their minds, and change their attitudes and behaviors towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
We believe that big changes require us to work together. As one global community, we need to keep learning about the environment around us and raise our children to environmental empathy, because that is the only way to enjoy unlimited benefits of nature.
We are international couple in early thirties, living somewhere in Europe. Sara comes originally from a small town in Czech Republic and Ovi from a rural area in Romania. But in the past five years we have been living in different locations around Europe–mostly exploring mountainous areas 😊. We have even lived for more than one year in a tiny off-grid cabin, but that’s a story for another time…
We met in Austria when taking environmental science classes at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. We fell in love and that’s how our great journey towards creating Greentumble started.
The idea to speak for the environment and do what we like was born couple years later, when we realized how difficult it is to understand what impact our actions have on the environment. Many resources were written in a difficult language that was often too scientific and heavy in terminology. We were aware that it requires lot of research to obtain relevant information, making it time consuming and difficult for many of us to get the answers we seek.
That is how our main goal started to take shape. We decided that we will stand up to the challenge and try to create a comprehensive source of information about current environmental problems, their solutions and success stories.
During our final semester at the university, we got more and more passionate about developing the project. We would sit in the library for hours, researching environmental topics and talking only about our blog, brainstorming names and article ideas every day. And then…
Summer 2015 – We created…
We have put a lot of our effort and time into making the website what it is today. We are proud of seeing it growing. Thank you for being here.
By finding our website useful, you are making one of our dreams coming true.
Greentumble gives Nature a voice.
We managed to raise awareness to over 3,450,000 people so far and more than 890 bloggers, teachers and parents are actively using our online resource to learn or teach about environmental issues such as deforestation, endangered species, waste, pollution, global warming, and many more.
Did you know?
Greentumble is one of the proud contributors to the FAO’s Family Farming Knowledge Platform. You can find our articles by typing the name of our website in the search field in the ‘Resources’ section on the Platform’s website.
Our article 12 Examples of Keystone Species is listed as a complementary study resource to a topic about keystone species in National Geographic’s Education Platform which provides additional materials for teachers to use in their classes.
We are partners of Veterans Off-Grid, a nonprofit organization that builds sustainable houses for homeless veterans. Greentumble is supporting their cause by providing free content about sustainability and environmental issues on their blog.
Meet the Greentumble Team
Sara Popescu Slavikova
Co-founder & Editor
Sara grew up in a small town in Czech Republic. She spent her days around horses, participating in local show jumping competitions, working on a farm and wandering through forests whenever she could. During her early student years, she has worked as a freelance writer for a Czech website about horses, writing articles mainly about grooming tips and health-related topics.
She got her bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from the university in Prague, but not being happy about the factory farming style her school was teaching, she decided to switch her major to environmental science. She graduated from a double-degree master program from the university in Vienna and Hohenheim.
Sara loves nature and animals. When she is not writing for Greentumble, you can find her hiking with her dog, gardening or horse riding. Her biggest dream is to have a small farm in a quiet place where she can make home for many abandoned animals😊 (but don’t tell Ovi).
Co-founder & Technical Support and Optimization
Ovidiu is a digital marketing specialist who values innovation, creativity and hard work. He is the one who makes sure that Greentumble runs smoothly.
He comes from a small town in Romania, but spent most of his childhood helping his grandparents on their traditional farm in a remote rural area. These early experiences sparked his passion for nature and wildlife, sending him on many adventures in mountains around the world.
He is a motivated and energetic person who takes initiative and enjoys finding solutions to many different challenges. That is also a reason why he took on the challenge of creating a website like Greentumble.
When he is not working on his numerous projects, you can find him somewhere outdoors. He likes hiking, camping and bushcrafting.
Amy is a retired attorney and businesswoman, having worked in many industries ranging from environmental engineering to informational technology.
She has published three fictional novels, and is presently working on her fourth while farming sustainably in the mountains of Virginia, working as a vocational counselor for disabled adults and blogging at Tiny Dancer.
Nathan was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin, and spent much of his spare time enjoying animals, gardening and nature on his family’s 40 acres of forested land in the countryside. He has been working full-time as a freelance writer for the past eight years, writing and researching on a wide range of topics including renewable energy, environmental policymaking, animal rights, off-the-grid living and sustainable agriculture.
While he originally attended college in the 1980s, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nathan only received his Bachelors degree in History in 2010, when he returned to school after a 23-year absence. He currently lives with his family in Chia, Colombia, a peaceful community in the foothills of the Andes.
Carlos is an Electrical Engineer who has worked as a solar designer in residential and commercial projects. He is a Venezuelan who lives in Caracas and enjoys writing as a freelancer on renewable energy and sustainability topics in his free time. He has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Simon Bolivar University and is currently looking forward to start a Masters program in Renewable Energy in Spain.
Besides writing and designing PV systems, he also enjoys the green lifestyle by spending time in the mountains doing trekking.
Deogracias Benjamin Kalima
Deogracias is a Malawian freelance solutions journalist who has passion for nature. He has been writing for 5 years on rural development, environment, agriculture and climate change. His reporting is dedicated to writing about what local individuals and communities are doing in order to combat modern day challenges such as deforestation, soil erosion, pollution and climate change impacts.
Apart from being a journalist, Deogracias is also a social researcher and has worked for the University of Amsterdam in multi country academic research project on Social Exclusion of Vulnerable Youths as a project researcher for Malawi.
Megan Ray Nichols
Megan Ray Nichols is a blogger and freelance science writer who loves exploring environmental science and sustainability topics. She is a nature lover at heart and enjoys spending her free time hiking nearby trails, swimming, and canoeing.
In addition to being a regular contributor to Greentumble, Megan runs her own blog, Schooled By Science. There, she enjoys discussing scientific discoveries and exploring the world around her. Follow Megan on Twitter @nicholsrmegan.
Kate is a political journalist from rural Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors degree in English and loves writing about topics related to the environment and social change.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking the beautiful mountains of the Tioga and Lycoming areas of PA, searching for inspiration. She enjoys living a sustainable, eco-friendly life and is passionate about getting the word out there on how we can all be a little more green.
Emily is a conservation and sustainability writer. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in English, she decided to pursue her passion of environmental advocacy through her writing. She is motivated by educating others about how to help tomorrow’s planet today.
In addition to being a regular contributor to Greentumble, Emily is the editor of Conservation Folks. You can also follow her latest updates on Twitter @emilysfolk.
Daphne has worked on EU and UK environment policies for over 6 years. With a background in advocacy and communications, she is passionate about our environment and finding solutions to today’s global challenges.
In addition to being a regular contributor to Greentumble, Daphne is the Advocacy Officer for Scottish Environment LINK, a network of over 35 Scottish environment charities, working together for a more sustainable future.
Rebecca is a writer and blogger who loves to write about the environment and sustainability.
She holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Ecology and a Masters in Sustainable Development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
In addition to writing for Greentumble, Rebecca enjoys working in her permaculture-inspired garden, preparing nourishing whole foods, and visiting national parks.
Daniel grew up on a small farm on the south coast of Western Australia, and as such, have always had a close connection with nature. Currently, he spends his time travelling the world and discovering new places, cultures, and languages.
He is an ocean fanatic – some of his closer friends wonder if he is half fish. He loves diving, surfing, underwater photography, and basically any activity involving salt water. He also enjoys playing Australian football with his current team, the Paris Cockerels.
Cir is the one who does all the thinking. He has got great social skills, has done a lot of traveling, masters many different languages and has lived in diverse environments. But most of all he loves forests, mud and water.
He is truly a spiritual guy, who worships life in its purest form. He lives off-the-grid, does not like shopping and finds many ways how to reuse garbage. Possessions don’t make him happy, love and nature does.