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    Felix Finkbeiner - Activist

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    Felix Finkbeiner – founder of Plant for the Planet, at the UN Climate Conference, 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16), in Cancun Mexico. Photo © Tristan Bayer. From the documentary film Revolution.

    Felix Finkbeiner (15) was inspired by Wangari Maathai when, while in the 4th grade, he developed the idea that children could plant a million trees in every country. Children from a hundred countries answered the call and founded the child and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet. Children empower other children at academies (one-day-workshops) to spread the word of sustainability. Today’s 16,000 Climate Justice Ambassadors want to be a million by 2020 and to increase the number of planted trees to 1,000 billion – which means 150 per person on the planet.

    From a global two-year consultation they have developed a 3-point-plan to save their future. Condensed into four words, the message is: ‘Stop talking. Start planting’. With this effective worldwide campaign, the 3-point-plan and the transparency of the promised and the planted trees, the young world citizens are asking heads of government, company bosses and fellow citizens to support their fight for their future.

    In December 2011, UNEP handed over the responsibility for the Billion Tree Campaign to the children of Plant-for-the-Planet. Now the children are responsible for the official global tree counter, which has already recorded 12.6 billion planted trees. Further information: www.plant-for-the-planet.org.

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