by Taetske | 3:09 pm
(Last Updated On: September 20, 2019)

 

Trees in Winter

Trees in Winter

The reforestation of our Planet is an immediate necessity

 

Some time ago I wrote about the huge effort by India and Pakistan to plant millions of trees to combat Climate Change. This is an example to follow by all countries in the world.
Recently a beautiful story came to my attention. It is beautiful because the protagonist was, at that time,  a 9-year-old German boy. His name is Felix Finkbeiner.

It is the year 2007 when Felix was working on a study for his class when he read the story of Wangari Maathai, a  woman who lived in Kenia.

 

Wangari Maathai

She received the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.  She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2004.) She was the first female scholar from East and Central Africa to take a doctorate (in biology)  and also the first female professor in Kenya.

In 1977 she started a grassroots movement trying to counter the effects of deforestation. Women were encouraged to plant trees and start thinking in an ecological way. This movement spread to many other African countries. This movement resulted in the planting of 30 million trees. She has died but her great work lives on.

 

Landscape in Turkey

Landscape in Turkey

Felix, inspired by this story, had a vision

Considering that a tree absorbs 10 kg of CO2 each year if all children could plant 1 million trees in all the countries in the world, the carbon removal could compensate for the CO2 emissions. Felix’s teacher was very impressed and had him repeat his speech in front of other students and the director of the school. At the end of his speech, Felix pledged to plant 1 million trees in Germany, and a movement was born. 2 Months later Felix planted his first tree near the entrance to his school, it was a Crap Apple tree.

 

Trees clean the atmosphere

The Minister of Environment in Germany at that time, and also director of PNUMA, the Environmental program of the United Nations, became the sponsor of Felix. At the age of 10 years old, Felix became the youngest member of the PNUMA. He was invited to speak at important meetings on Climate Change and even spoke at the European Parliament.

 

The creation of academies worldwide

Felix created academies Planting for the Planet in Germany and many other countries worldwide. Events started taking place organized by and for children. They became ambassadors, transmitting their knowledge on Climate Change, and animating other children to do the same. They were being asked to take social responsibility and shape their future.

In 2009, in South Korea, the PNUMA held its first child and youth conference. 800 Children signed a declaration for the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen. When Felix asked who wanted to be responsible for planting a million trees, within a few minutes hundreds of children from 56 different nations responded.

 

A million trees were planted

In 2010 the last of the million trees was planted in Germany. One year later Felix held a speech in front of the United Nations and was handed the organization of the campaign 1000 Million Trees, a project of the UN.

 

 

Our planet loses 10.000 million trees each year

Nowadays some 63,000 children of the age of 9 to 12 years are affiliated with the organization of Felix Finkbeiner. All together they are fighting for Climatic Justice.  This group ordered a study to be done to be able to evaluate the total amount of trees existing in the world. The estimate came up with 3 billion trees – 7 times more than previously assumed. This study was published in Nature in 2015. Another important piece of data which came to light was that when agriculture started some 12,000 years ago there were about twice as many trees then.

Each year our Planet loses some 10,000 million trees. That is why the number of 1000 million trees will not be enough. The new idea is now to plant at least 1 billion new trees by the year 2020. With efforts like this, there will be a considerable reduction of CO2 emissions.
For such a young boy to have this far-reaching vision is indeed inspiring for us all.

 

 

Source Share International – plant-for-the-planet.org

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Perhaps you like to read my post on the Rain Forest.

Our Dependence on the Lungs of the World

Comments

Rachel

After reading this article, I’m ashamed of myself.

When I was 9 years old, I was still focusing on studies and grades, and yet Felix is already inspiring other children!

I wish him all the best in his future endevours and hope that the world will become more green in the future. Of course, I will support in my own way by cutting down the usage of electricity and opting for recyclable materials and items.

Jan 28.2018 | 06:18 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Rachel,

    I really do not think you need to be ashamed of anything. The possibility of doing good will be put on our path being young or older. Look at me I am already 67 and now I am writing about this. Of course it is so inspiring to read about a young human being who shows us the way. These type of actions give me back my faith in the human race, it is possible to do constructive and positive things instead of destroying everything, something we humans are so good at. Thank you for reading my post.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 28.2018 | 08:18 am

Nic

Wow that is a really inspiring story! It’s also amazing to see how Felix managed to inspire so many other children to join his movement and actively engage.

Children are the future of this planet and if someone like Felix can inspire so many other children there might still be hope for the future of this planet 🙂

Feb 06.2018 | 07:57 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Nic,

    Thank you for your visit and commenting on the story about Felix. I am also very impressed how this very young human being can have such a positive world view and at such a young age has had such a big impact on the future of our planet. I hope a lot of people will follow his example and perhaps like that change life for the future generations.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 06.2018 | 08:31 pm

Kenny

Wow what a great post. It was truly inspiring to read about how some people and at least a couple of countries are trying to repair some of the damage that humans have done as a species to our planet.  And what a great way to portray such events through they eyes and experiences of a young kid as he gets older. Thanks for the great share.

Dec 29.2018 | 01:54 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Kenny,

    Thank you for your comment. Nice to see you again.

    I found this story really inspiring as it shows no matter what your age is you can make the world a better place. It is nice for once to be able to write about something so positive.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 29.2018 | 02:51 pm

Steve

Thanks for this story. Just goes to show that change can come from the smallest and most unlikely place. While I recognize the need for wood products, I also think it is important to replace that which we take. I am a Conservative and a Christian, but I recognize the importance of conservation. In fact, I believe the Bible talks about God putting us in charge of the earth…to use it, but also to take care of it. Thanks again!

Dec 29.2018 | 01:56 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Steve.

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    I agree with you. We were given this place as our home and we have the responsibility to take good care of our planet. It is not only the home for all the people worldwide but it will be hopefully also the home for future generations.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 29.2018 | 02:51 pm

JD

Wow this was an inspiring article. Very good insights on what is going on with our environment around us. Felix is an inspirational young man with goals of saving the environment.

Deforestation is a big issue throughout the world. We have to start doing positive things that counter act against deforestation and the threats to our environment.

Thank you for this, your article was very insightful.

Dec 29.2018 | 01:56 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon JD,

    Good to hear you liked my article. This young boy is an inspiration for us all. If such a young person can make a positive change in the world, we can too.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 29.2018 | 02:51 pm

Tsquare

Deforestation is a major in our society today. How are we going to keep our trees and how are we going to keep our natural environment so that it can continue to be ever green. I’m very impressed with great efforts of Felix the young boy that stood up and makes he plants one million trees. If each of us can see the need to protect our trees it will be good. Man should stop been selfish by cutting away the trees just to make money. 

Dec 29.2018 | 02:01 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Tsquare, is that your name?

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Felix is an impressive young boy and an example for all of us. I also hope the human race will realize that we need the trees for good air and also as habitat for many species.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 30.2018 | 08:42 am

Barry

Hi Taetske. This is amazing and I’m glad to read Reforestation, Amazing Vision of a Young Boy. Just like Wangari Maathai, Felix is such a courageous and brave personality, a valiant for that matter. CO2 needs to be cleared up from our environment and the idea of trees planting will help alot to actualize this.

Let’s go; we can plant the 1 billion trees!

Dec 29.2018 | 02:04 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Barry,

    Nice to see you again. Thank you for leaving a comment.

    Living on a farm I have always planted trees. Now I have become conscious of the fact it is good for our environment. Each person should at least pant 1 tree in his or her life.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 30.2018 | 08:43 am

DerrAd

Such an inspirational story! The increase in carbon dioxide emissions into the environment is a global problem and seeing how a 9 year old Frank is using his influence for such a movement is something that has left me with a lot to think about. Irrespective of your age or where you come from, this article has taught me to be an object of change in any situation.

Whiles I’m not proud of my contribution to afforestation, I hope starting to implement something in my own small way is not too late. Together, the earth can be made green. Thanks for this interesting post.   

Dec 29.2018 | 02:33 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Derr,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    If we would all make some changes in our daily lives it would already make an impact. Just think about going shopping with your own bag instead of getting plastic bags in the supper market. At home be really conscious about how to divide waste does also help. Tell the bar where you have a drink to skip the plastic straw.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 30.2018 | 08:43 am

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. We use cookies to personalize content, provide advertisements, and analyze our traffic. We do not utilize social media so your information will not be shared. Click on our privacy policy banner at the bottom of this page for more information. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close