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Almost 15 billion trees have been planted through Plant for the Planet – by children. The initiative organises ‘academies’ (courses led by children) throughout the world to inform other children about climate justice (how to help decrease CO2 emissions) and how to plant trees. In addition, the ‘pupils’ are taught how to give lectures and how they can carry on the organisation’s work.
Plant for the Planet is run by children for children. The idea is based on a lecture that the fourth grader Felix Finkbeiner held about the climate crisis and in doing so learned that the Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai from Kenya had planted 30 million trees with her organisation. Plant for the Planet’s free academies are being held in more than 15 countries. 34,000 children aged between 9 and 12 have participated in the academies, acted as climate ambassadors and helped organised tree planting parties. Numerous reports have been published about the organisation in the media, and a few years ago the children were even able to persuade representatives from the confectionery industry to provide them with financial support. ‘Stop talking, start planting’ is the basic idea of their campaign, which they are promoting to finally reach their goal of planting 1,000 billion trees!