"We plant trees for a better world. Help us children to save our future", Plant For The Planet
Aims and Vision of Plant for the Planet
It all started with a school presentation and today Plant-for-the-Planet is a global movement with an ambitious goal: to fight the climate crisis by planting trees around the world. Here you find out what has happened since the founding of the initiative and what we have planned for the future.
The children's initiative Plant-for-the-Planet is initiated by 9-year-old Felix Finkbeiner.Inspired by Wangari Maathai, who planted 30 million trees in Africa in 30 years, Felix formulated his vision: Children could plant one million trees in every country on earth and thereby offset CO2 emissions all on their own, while adults are still talking about doing it. Each tree binds a CO2 intake of 10 kg per year. The first tree is planted and Klaus Töpfer, former German Federal Minister of the Environment and executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) becomes official patron. Felix promises UNEP that children in every country on earth will plant one million trees. In the following years, Plant-for-the-Planet developed into a global movement.
Felix introduces Plant-for-the-Planet to the world.He becomes a UNEP Junior Board Member and gives speeches at important environment and climate events, e.g. in front of the European Parliament. Plant-for-the-Planet academies are organized in Germany and around the world. These are events organized by children for children at which they motivate each other to take action against the climate crisis. The children become active Climate Justice Ambassadors and pass on their knowledge and encourage other children to take on social responsibility and shape their future.
Even more children and trees – and support from well known personalities.At UNEP's children and youth conference in South Korea, 800 children adopt a declaration for the climate summit in Copenhagen. At the end, Felix asks the audience who else will plant one million trees in their country. Within minutes, hundreds of children from 56 different nations come on stage to signal their support for the vision of Plant-for-the-Planet. To make the initiative even more known, the campaign entitled "Stop talking. Start planting" commences. The photographs with famous supporters such as Harrison Ford, apl.de.ap, Prince Albert of Monaco and Michael Otto can be seen worldwide.
After just 3 years, the children plant the one-millionth tree in Germany.Together with the environment ministers from Germany, Denmark, Canada, Mexico and Turkey. The children convince the ministers of the need for a global contract based on climate justice. Furthermore, the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation is established.
On the world stage: Felix speaks at the United Nations in New York.At the beginning of the year, Felix is invited to the UN headquarters. He urges the delegates to fight against the climate crisis not by talking, but through concrete actions. Since March 2011, Plant-for-the-Planet has a democratic structure with a children's- and a youth board, which each are comprised of 14 members from around the world.
Over 100,000 children worldwide actively support Plant-for-the-Planet.
More than 55,000 of them are Ambassadors for Climate Justice. These are children between the age of 9-12, who pass on their knowledge at academies to other children, who train to become Ambassadors as well. This way, Plant-for-the-Planet encourages as many children as possible to fight for their future.
We want to plant 1,000 billion trees worldwide.That is our goal for 2020, which we can achieve with your support:
plant 1,000 billion trees worldwide.
motivate a million children to become Climate Justice Ambassadors.
expand our global network.
We want 100% of our energy to be from renewable sources.The German Advisory Council on Global Change has developed an approach to solve the climate crisis: an upper limit for the allowed CO2 emissions until 2050. This global budget per head is spread evenly across all countries. This means that we must reduce our CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. The technology for a carbon-free future has existed already for quite some time. With today's technology, it is possible to cater for all our energy needs with renewable sources by 2050, without the use of nuclear power plants.
Together we can secure our future. We, the children of Plant-for-the-Planet, are not climate researchers and do not know whether the sea level will raise by 0.2 or 2 meters by the end of the century. Three things we do know for certain:
Many of us will still be alive at the end of this century.
We intensify the greenhouse gas effect with every kilogram of carbon dioxide emitted through the use of carbon dioxide emitted through the use of crude oil, coal and natural gas.
Together we can counteract these developments and secure our future by reaching our goals.
Content and Images: www.plant-for-the-planet.org / 2017