Next Plant for the Planet Academy on Bainbridge!

Saturday May 9th, 2015 9am – 5:30pm, Bainbridge Island, WA

Host: Bainbridge Boys & Girls Club, 9453 Coppertop Loop NE, Bainbridge Island, WA

Plant-for-the_Planet Global ScaleCome learn to serve your community as an Ambassador for Climate Justice. At this free day-long workshop 50 students (age 8-14) will learn to make a difference for the world as part of Plant For The Planet, an international group of 34,000+ young people worldwide who are planting trees and leading communities to solve the climate crisis now. The day culminates in an educational and moving slideshow presentation for families and the public as the world’s newest Ambassadors for Climate Justice share what they have learned from each other and make their commitments to plant and speak for the trees!

Felix Finkbeiner, recently named Reader’s Digest’s “European of the Year” tells his story best. Now serving as Official Tree-Counters for the United Nations Tree campaign, Plant-For-The-Planet is organized by children around the world who work for a better future on earth. They have a wildly ambitious plan that will change climate change for good in their lifetime.

Since 2013 Climate Change For Families has helped student Academies in Olympia, Orcas, and Whidbey Island, plus 6 in Seattle. At the Academies new students learn from past students and wow, is it Fun! Children get to learn important facts about the causes and effects of the climate crisis and what children are doing to solve it around the world as Climate Justice Ambassadors, members of a global children’s network, who make a real difference by planting trees, talking to leaders, conserving energy and inspiring people to care and to act now for their future.

During the Academy children learn about climate justice from other children, and how to deliver a climate slideshow originally made by Felix years ago, and how to properly plant trees. Ambassadors get a free Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt and the book “Tree by Tree” so they can learn more about how we plant now to shape our future. 

To end the workshop, Ambassadors pledge to take one action per month, whether it’s planting, giving a talk at school, writing a persuasive letter to a decision-maker, or attending a monthly meeting where students inspire one another to come up with more creative actions to make a real difference, like lemonade stands for trees, writing songs, or giving lawmakers “climate fortune cookies”.

Ambassadors give State of the Planet 2015 on Saturday at Seattle City HallLocal Ambassadors have been featured in HBO “Saving My Tomorrow”, introduced Governor Inslee, spoken out against dangerous oil and coal trains, counted over 10,000 trees planted, launched Washington’s Billion Tree Challenge, and trained almost 300 fellow Ambassadors.

Make a donation if you like, to help cover costs and plant more trees, but volunteers and students help run the show so that participation at Plant-For-The-Planet and the Academy is always free for all children. Planting party in Canada

Thank you Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club for allowing us to host this Academy in your beautiful new facility! And thanks to our wonderful volunteers for snacks, supplies and encouragement for our Ambassadors!

Reserve your space today since it is limited. Or if you are like me — too old to be an Ambassador anymore — you can volunteer to help us guide students as we explore this fascinating, important material. If you would like to enroll as a student or offer help — organizing, leading, donating supplies or snacks — please contact me for more info.

To plant 1,000,000,000 trees in Washington State, we need everybody!

Sign up now for the Bainbridge Academy!

 

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New Ambassadors Planting Trees at Pacific Rim Institute

New Ambassadors for Climate Justice learn to plant Garry Oaks in the carbon-rich soils of the Pacific Rim Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Special thanks to PRI and all the amazing volunteers and sponsors who made this day-long Academy magical for every student. What a beautiful inspiring event!

Abby introduces Governor Inslee

December 4th, 2014 Video from the Seattle Westin ballroom in front of 800 people with VP Gore and Governor Inslee.

Governor Jay Inslee Introduction by Abby

I am here to tell you today that every person can make a difference.  It does not matter how old or how young you are.  I don’t want to grow up being a bystander and neither should you.  In fact, it does not matter if you are grown up already it is never too late to begin to make a difference.

Let me share with you what I am doing.  I am on a mission with my fellow ambassadors to plant 1,000 billion trees by 2024.  Why?  Our carbon footprint is getting bigger and bigger.  We need to reduce this footprint if we want to sustain life as we know it here on Earth.  And you know what?  I love our Earth and I want my future generations to love it too!

But 1,000 billion trees sounds like a lot.  I broke it down and figured that if every person in Seattle should plant 150 trees…..a much more reasonable number.  But as a kid how was I suppose to plant 150 trees with no job, no money of my own and well in Seattle not a big yard to do it in.  So I thought I could make a lemonade stand.  I offered free lemonade for a $1 donation to go towards planting one tree.  I made $64 dollars this past summer to plant 64 trees worldwide.  And I personally planted 16 trees locally.  Now I still have a ways to go but I am an active citizen not a bystander.

I have to be active because our changing climate and the impact it will have on me and my friends is big.  Really big.  So big I have found that some adults have just given up.

We need adults who refuse to be bystanders.  We need leaders like Governor Inslee who know it matters what kind of environment and climate we leave to our children.  Governor Inslee understands that the time to at is now, not tomorrow or at some point down the road.

My future depends on it.  Please welcome Governor Inslee.

IMG_20140711_184054_933ed. –Governor Inslee, VP Al Gore, and Martha Kongsgaard each referred to Abby in varied ways as the kind of person who embodies what we can do, and must do, if we are to respond immediately to the climate crisis with a “can-do” spirit.

VP Al Gore video clip from the luncheon, on Abby and the moonshot, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW70oPOxnl8&feature=youtu.be

 

Meeting A Hero By: Abby

December 4, 2014

When I first stepped into The Westin I thought, “How lucky I am to be with two of the world’s most influential people.  I can’t wait to meet them.”

Today I had the most wonderful privilege to introduce Governor Inslee at a luncheon honouring him and Vice President Al Gore.  Many politicians champion the role of young people in their campaigns. But while a one-click tweet or petition signature is an easy sell, putting youth opinions and ideas at the heart of campaigning is harder (and braver).

That’s why it was so pleasing to see Governor Inslee putting actions to his words.  He gave me the opportunity to share a little bit of my passion about saving our planet for future generations to many people.  He gave me a chance to show case Plant for the Planet and hopefully this great opportunity will show other kids that they have a voice and they don’t have to sit around watching our planet be destroyed.  Kids and adults can know that it is never too late or too early to make a difference.  I hope I made an impact on somebody or even planted (no pun intended) an interest in somebody to stop being a bystander and start being an active citizen.

I have learned in the past and read about Governor Inslee’s actions in fighting our ever growing Carbon Footprint and knew that he was not a bystander but I today I truly witnessed his passion and his kindness.  He truly is my hero and I hope to join forces with him in the future.  But as for the present I am going to wage war on climate injustice and plant some trees.

Watch Kelsey Rock Moyers & Company ‘The Next Generation’

She’s suing our government for a habitable future, and inspiring us to be more awesome!

Climate Change: The Next Generation from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/climate-change-next-generation/

Bill Moyers meets 18-yr-old Kelsey Juliana from Eugene, OR, a lead plaintiff in Atmospheric Trust Litigation at age 15. She walks the talk. If you ever doubt whether one person can make a difference, just watch this inspiring young woman get real.

Last week 8 Seattle students asked a judge to Review a Rulemaking Petition to Washington Dept of Ecology for carbon emissions targets to protect future generations. Working with the legal team that crafted the Atmospheric Trust Litigation against the federal government and all 50 states. To learn more visit OurChildrensTrust.org

While Kelsey is joining the People’s Climate March in NYC, you can find your local action here at Peoplesclimate.org

VIDEO: Children Rally Against Coal Exports in Portland

This is beautiful.

Governor Kitzhaber, listen to the voices of justice. With nothing to gain and everything to lose from coal export, our children ask only for a future and a clean Columbia River Gorge. Stop coal export and start a trend. Governor, you have an easy choice to make.

Congratulations to all the wonderful families in Portland who came out to make this rally special. Our kids will remember this for a lifetime. Thank you Columbia Riverkeeper and Power Past Coal!

Ambassadors Help Keep Oil Trains Out of Seattle – VIDEOS

Aji and Adonis, 2 talented brothers, made TV News and the Seattle paper when they performed “Exploding Trains” outside City Hall. The music sounds like the lullaby “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” on ukelele, juxtaposed with painful lyrics that shock and ignite listeners to stop the trains. “Think about the future generations… What to them do you give?”

The 2 brothers serve in our community as Ambassadors for Climate Justice in the children’s organization Plant-For-The-Planet, a worldwide initiative empowering children to end the climate crisis now. Older brother Aji was learning ukelele when he learned about the exploding trains and decided to write the song to bring attention to the dangers of oil trains and burning fossil fuels.

Immediately after the powerful rally on the steps of City Hall, Aji and Adonis performed again inside Council Chambers for a committee hearing to decide on the language of a Resolution against the dangerous trains passing through Seattle. Every week more trains roll past two stadiums and tunnel under a mile of downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market where an explosion would be catastrophic. Seattle City Council sees unacceptable risk to our densely-populated urban neighborhoods.

Last month Ambassador Stella spoke out at another rally against the trains. She evoked Martin Luther King Jr. as she called for climate justice and sharing a vision of her future where everyone gets what they need and “no one poisons anyone else with fossil fuels regardless of whether they live over or under the poverty line.”

WHY OIL TRAINS?

Oil-by-Rail shipments have “exploded” recently, up 40-fold over just a few years ago. Every month North Dakota Bakken crude oil uses more railroads to get to market. Fracking the oil to get it out of the ground puts dangerous secret volatile chemicals in the oil which make it much more explosive and deadly. But the old rail cars are not safe enough to transport this oil which ignites at a temperature of 73 degrees. Several accidents in the last few months resulted in huge fireballs burning for hours or days, and several deaths. The National Transportation Safety Board released a blunt warning to keep the trains away from “metropolitan areas” to prevent loss of life.The warning stopped just short of banning the trains altogether.

Cities along the railroad lines are now speaking up for public safety. Simultaneously the oil shipments have grown from less than 10,000 rail cars a few years ago to over 400,000 rail cars, increasing the chances of an accident and snarling rail service around the country. Oil refineries on Washington’s coast want permits to handle more of the explosive oil. In my view, this means we can pollute the planet faster, or as the industry hopes to grow we can start exporting fracked oil to make America more energy independent. (Not sure how exporting oil make us more energy independent).

Bakken crude oil, unsafe when you frack, move in pipelines or rail lines, refine, or ship. But guaranteed “unsafest” of all for our children when you safely ignite in your internal combustion engine. depending on whether you value life and nature above dirty energy and wealth.

“Leave fossil fuels in the Ground!”

Plant-For-The-Planet ambassadors share their 3-Point Plan for ending the climate crisis, the hardest part being “Leave fossil fuels in the Ground!” We all need to speak out to stop these trains to keep our children and the future safe. We all need to travel less and burn less fossil fuels.

Let’s thank the Seattle City Councilmembers who unanimously passed a very strong resolution asking Governor Inslee to place a moratorium on oil trains coming through Seattle. The trains are dangerous according to the NTSB. Increasing oil trains from 3 a week to 3 per day in Seattle will accelerate global warming and the chances of a major accident. Companies shipping oil-by-rail know the risks, but have a product to move. Cities take the risks, bear the responsibility to public safety, and oppose the trains. Let the Governor know that you support protecting our cities and our children.

Our children need all of us to help stop more trains from bringing fracked oil to market. Only people like you and me can help our children bring their vision of a safe, livable planet into reality. Take action now.

VIDEO – Ambassadors Share Plan with Governor Inslee’s Climate Workgroup

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Zoe and Wren speak to the Gov’s hearing. CLICK BELOW to watch!

WATCH VIDEO  http://tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2013120003#start=7854&stop=8106

Thanks a billion Zoe and Wren! Stay tuned when they finish to hear from a surprised grownup!

Zoe and Wren speak to Governor Inslee’s Climate Workgroup

Two 7th graders from Seattle announced the Washington Billion Tree Campaign as part of Plant-For-The-Planet’s global reforestation effort. With clear moral authority the 2 ambassadors set the new goal of 6% emission cuts to hold earth to 1-degree warming for this generation. Is the Workgroup listening?

From Zoe’s point of view “While I was giving my speech, I looked up at the governor and saw him taking a picture of me. It kind of freaked me out because, well, the governor was taking a picture of me, and shouldn’t it be the other way around? So I tried to keep giving my speech,  and not burst out laughing, but I got a little tripped up.”

“It was kind of freaky, but exciting.” She would definitely recommend the experience for ambassadors everywhere. “Speaking with Wren was really nice, but I probably wasn’t as scared as she was because it was her first speech, but she did great!”

Wren had the important task of announcing Washington’s Billion Tree Campaign to the Governor at the hearing. Her energy and enthusiasm certainly made tree-planting sound like fun. When Wren concluded, “So who’s ready to plant some trees?” the entire room erupted in applause and cheers!

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According to Zoe there’s no time to waste. “We really need to get started because we keep talking about it, but how many trees have we actually planted? The Governor can help get people to plant trees, and he could create jobs by paying people to plant trees in our forests.”

Like the Plant-For-The-Planet campaign says, “STOP TALKING. START PLANTING.”

SIGN and SHARE their petition. The public comment period ended, but with the Workgroup split along party lines, your input is still welcome. You can also share comments directly by email:
climateworkgroup@ecy.wa.gov

 Ambassadors Wren and Zoe from Plant-For-The-Planet share a moment with Washington Governor Jay Inslee in Olympia.
Ambassadors Wren and Zoe from Plant-For-The-Planet share a moment with Washington Governor Jay Inslee in Olympia.

From Olympia’s newspaper The News Tribune:

Majority at Olympia climate hearing make case for less fossil fuel

BY BRAD SHANNON

Staff writer December 13, 2013

“Climate scientists may have reached a consensus about the danger of human contributions to climate change, but getting a political consensus for how to respond will take some time at the Washington state Capitol.

Friday’s third and final hearing before Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate workgroup elicited an array of messages from the environmental movement, business groups, the oil industries and a slew of individuals — including two school kids from Seattle who are part of a project planting trees and said they can’t afford to wait for action.

 Most of the roughly 50 people who spoke at the three-hour hearing at the Capitol urged the bipartisan workgroup — which has two legislators from each major party and Inslee as its non-voting chairman — to recommend that the Legislature take immediate steps to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuels, which is implicated in global warming.”

More news and links from Olympia soon!

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Governor Inslee Listens to Plant-For-The-Planet Ambassadors

Oct 28th, 2013

At the Governor’s Legislative and Executive Workgroup public hearing on Wednesday night, two ambassadors for climate justice walked up to the front of a standing room only crowd of 500 people and many elected leaders, to speak up for future generations on the climate emergency.

Ambassador Stella (10 years old) speaks to the Governor’s CLEW hearing  click for video

Ambassador Zoe (12 years old) addresses the Governor’s CLEW click for video

The Governor sat at a raised table only a few feet away, so we know he heard them loud and clear. It was a special opportunity to address the leaders who will formulate Washington State’s first climate action plan to meet our emissions targets.

But it was a special night for Zoe and Stella too, a school night.  As she and her sister were leaving the building  Zoe realized she had an essay due the following day. She joked that she would need a note from the Governor.  Just at that moment, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn walked up the stairs. Stella walked right up and said, “Excuse me sir, my big sister needs a note for her teacher because she gave a speech on climate change for the Governor tonight. So she won’t get her homework finished in time.” To his credit, Mayor McGinn, a father, replied, “Who’s got paper?”

Speaking of writing notes, you can write your note to the EPA on tough climate protections against coal power plant emissions.

p.s. The Mayor’s note worked. Zoe got her homework turned in with a one-day extension. Thanks to Mayor McGinn and Governor Inslee for being climate heroes!

Video: Seattle Climate Justice Ambassadors “Draw The Line”

Do you want to help future generations speak? Hear what they have to say. And Click Here to view the entire hour of inspirational speakers.

VIDEO: Children Speak Up For Their Future

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Watch our Ambassadors introduce Seattle City Council’s Energy & Environment Committee to Plant-For-The-Planet and get down to business. In their first public appearance, 8 Ambassadors share the famous slideshow, originally developed by Felix Finkbeiner, but with special information for Seattle City Council. And then they make some big requests!

They told the Committee how many trees Seattle residents need to plant by 2020 to help us buy time and absorb excess CO2 this century, (hint: it’s a lot!) and some ideas for how to get started.

How did the Council respond? Well, find out in the 20-minute Q & A following the presentation!

Q & A with Council
Q & A with Council

Seattle Channel: Plant-For-The-Planet (VIDEO)

Click to view City Stream: Plant For The Planet Academy a 5-minute video report on the first Academy in Seattle.

City Stream is a local news program on the Seattle Channel. The program broadcasts during the week at regular times. Check local listings. Writer and producer Feliks Banel came out to Golden Gardens and put together this wonderful piece to show people what goes on inside Plant-For-The Planet Academies.

Would you like to host an Academy for your town? It’s an amazing way to change the world, rewriting our future, 80 students at a time. And it’s a big commitment, but much easier than you think. I am putting together materials now based on the success we had in May to make it easier than ever to replicate where you live. A handful of dedicated volunteer/parents can organize a profound day of learning that can return a lifetime’s worth of good.

Contact me below to find out more about how to host an Academy!

They Matter (VIDEO)

A beautiful, moving video from the iMatter Earth Day March back in April, reminding us to love our kids, and our only home. Our children have some strong words for us to hear and honor. They depend on us to protect their future.

The children were protesting the proposal to expand coal exports through Seattle and the Northwest from 2 – 3 trains per day to 18 – 37 trains per day, so Peabody Coal can sell it as quickly as possible to Asia for the next few years. The additional CO2 emissions will more than equal the emissions from the Keystone XL pipeline if allowed.

Our PBS station created a wonderful documentary, COAL. Here’s a preview:

Plant-for-the-Planet Academy, a First-Person report by Miko

 

Plant for the Planet is an organization that teaches children to become Ambassadors, advocates for the earth. It is important that we, as children, speak out about the issue of Climate Change because we are the voice of the future. Since this is our future, it is our responsibility to take care of the earth. Plant for the Planet does this in part through intensive day camps called Academies where students learn more about Climate Change, how to teach others about it. and how to take action to stop it. On March 1st, 2014, I had a chance to participate at the day camp and had an awesome experience.

The whole time I was there, the focus was on us, the kids. “What do you think?” , “How do you think we can solve this problem?” , and, “What are some ideas you have?” were the questions that were asked. We got to be in groups and talk about the problems of society, the government, and climate change. The best part was that not only did we get to ask questions, we got to answer them, too. I liked this process because we got to see things from others’ perspectives, and other people got to hear our opinions. It was all about us solving the problems so we could have a brighter future.

Later that day, we got to learn how to give presentations. Giving presentations taught us how to deliver speeches and to get over possible fears of public speaking. I learned that we had to look them in the eye, make sure that everyone was listening to you, and start delivering. We got to share the presentation to our parents and other grownups, including some local elected officials. My brother was chosen to share one of the slides. I didn’t do it because I had a little fear of public speaking. But even if I was a little shy, I still wish that I had shared a few slides because it looked to be a lot of fun. At the end of the day, they passed out our official child Ambassador badges and bamboo white boards. My brother and I had so much fun that we wanted to go again. The whole time we were driving home, we told our parents all the fun things that we did that day.

I highly recommend that children go check out this organization, which is known in many parts of the world. You can get your children to do this for community service hours, to learn for climate change, or just to get them to explore pressing topics around the world. I want kids to have the same experience as I had. To be a child Ambassador, kids need to learn speak out. That is why Plant for the Planet is a great organization.

The Fight Against Shell: The Fight for a Better Planet, guest post by Reed

Recently, Shell worked with the port of Seattle behind the scenes. They were able to work out a deal in which the port gets loads of money…and Shell is able to keep their oil drilling ship in our port until they go to the Arctic to drill for oil.  Now, after the deal has already been made, the deal itself has been revealed to the public.  Shell knows they have a 75% chance of an oil spill, but they don’t care.  People at Shell obviously know about Climate Change, but once again…they don’t care.  They are thinking about their future as a company, not the future of the planet.  We need to make them shift gears before it’s too late.
Activists met at the downtown Seattle waterfront on April 26th.  All of us shared one thing in common-we care about the future of the planet.  It was hard to tell how many people attended, but the press has said 1,000 or even 1,500.
 
People like Annie Leonard (the director of Greenpeace and the creator of The Story of Stuff) and Sundance Chief Rueben George were on stage, rallying the crowd and talking about a better future.  Annie Leonard was joined by the Greenpeace activists who boarded the oil ship while it was in the middle of the ocean.  After the moving speakers had finished-and a eco-friendly cover of “Uptown Funk”, led by two brothers from Plant-for-the-Planet, Aji & Adonis- all of us rallied down the waterfront park, until we got to the Port of Seattle.  Wren, a 14 year old activist from Plant-for-the-Planet, gave a speech at the foot of the Port as we gave them a kayak full of salmon-shaped letters.
 
We need to save the planet now.  It’s not something to do later.  Putting it into more harm is a terrible idea, and what Shell plans to do in the Arctic radiates danger.
Shell’s oil drilling ship is currently in the port for repairs.  A plan is in the works to stop it from leaving or draw more attention to this issue at the very least.  We will need a “flotilla” of 1,700 kayaks, which could block the ship from leaving the port.  Any help on this project is needed, as we are currently in the middle of a huge fight.  Just remember: do we want to let this pass, letting them destroy the planet?  sHell No!
Reed is an ambassador with Plant-for-the-Planet. Go to SHELLNO.org to find other groups collaborating to stop Arctic drilling rigs in Seattle.

Signup Now! Bainbridge Plant-for-the-Planet Academy May 9th

Saturday May 9th, 2015 9am – 5:30pm, Bainbridge Island, WA

Plant-for-the_Planet Global ScaleCome learn to serve your community as an Ambassador for Climate Justice. At this free Bainbridge Academy day-long workshop, students (age 8-14) learn to make a world of difference as part of Plant-For-The-Planet, an international group of 34,000+ young people worldwide who are planting trees and leading communities to solve the climate crisis now. The day culminates in an educational and moving slideshow presentation for families and the public as the world’s newest Ambassadors for Climate Justice share what they have learned from each other and make their commitments to plant and speak for the trees!

Felix Finkbeiner, recently named Reader’s Digest’s “European of the Year” tells his story best. Now serving as Official Tree-Counters for the United Nations Tree campaign, Plant-For-The-Planet is organized by children around the world who work for a better future on earth. They have a wildly ambitious plan that will change climate change for good in their lifetime.

Since 2013 Climate Change For Families has helped student Academies in Olympia, Orcas, and Whidbey Island, plus 6 in Seattle. At the Academies new students learn from past students and wow, is it Fun! Children get to learn important facts about the causes and effects of the climate crisis and what children are doing to solve it around the world as Climate Justice Ambassadors, members of a global children’s network, who make a real difference by planting trees, talking to leaders, conserving energy and inspiring people to care and to act now for their future.

During the Academy children learn about climate justice from other children, and how to deliver a climate slideshow originally made by Felix years ago, and how to properly plant trees. Ambassadors get a free Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt and the book “Tree by Tree” so they can learn more about how we plant now to shape our future. 

To end the workshop, Ambassadors pledge to take one action per month, whether it’s planting, giving a talk at school, writing a persuasive letter to a decision-maker, or attending a monthly meeting where students inspire one another to come up with more creative actions to make a real difference, like lemonade stands for trees, writing songs, or giving lawmakers “climate fortune cookies”.

Ambassadors give State of the Planet 2015 on Saturday at Seattle City HallLocal Ambassadors have been featured in HBO “Saving My Tomorrow”, introduced Governor Inslee, spoken out against dangerous oil and coal trains, counted over 10,000 trees planted, launched Washington’s Billion Tree Challenge, and trained almost 300 fellow Ambassadors.

Make a donation if you like, to help cover costs and plant more trees, but volunteers and students help run the show so that participation at Plant-For-The-Planet and the Academy is always free for all children. Planting party in Canada

Thank you Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club for allowing us to host this Academy in your beautiful new facility! Bainbridge Boys & Girls Club, 9453 Coppertop Loop NE, Bainbridge Island, WA

And thanks to our wonderful volunteers for snacks, supplies and encouragement for our Ambassadors!

Reserve your space today since it is limited. Or if you are like me — too old to be an Ambassador anymore — you can volunteer to help us guide students as we explore this fascinating, important material. If you would like to enroll as a student or offer help — organizing, leading, donating supplies or snacks — please contact me for more info.

To plant 1,000,000,000 trees in Washington State, we need everybody!

Sign up now for the Bainbridge Academy!

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“Saving My Tomorrow” New Show Today

“You are the future generation. You are the ones who are going to have to deal with this mess that everybody else behind us has gotten us into!” says ten-year-old Grace from Seattle.

On Earth Day, HBO aired SAVING MY TOMORROW PART THREE, the latest in a six-part series on children taking action to protect our fragile world. (Check listings for today’s times)

With songs, activism, and heartfelt tips, kids share their thoughts on environmental concerns, from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. A lyrical mix of science, animation and music, SAVING MY TOMORROW celebrates the wonders of the natural world, sending a message from kids to kids, that we must care for the planet.

The Earth Day special showcases the ways in which kids are focusing on issues like plastic pollution and deforestation. The special follows young advocates like ten-year-old Grace and fellow members of Plant-for-the-Planet in Seattle as they plant trees in an effort to decrease CO2 levels. As 12-year-old Zoe from Seattle says, “The adults clearly aren’t doing enough to stop this, so we have to take it into our own hands.”

Meanwhile, children from a Maryland elementary school create a plastic bag chain around a lake, demonstrating the number of bags one individual throws away each year. “Ocean warrior” Maddie encourages kids “to trust that your actions, no matter how small, can make a difference.” A group of young people in Santa Fe sees just that after their persistent protests lead to an historic plastic-bag ban.

Interspersed are readings by Alan Cumming (on destruction of Amazon rainforest) and Laura Dern (on threats to the albatross), a conversation between musician Pharrell Williams and kids, and a previously unreleased performance, recorded by HBO, of the late Pete Seeger, singing with his great-niece and nephew.

You can join Plant-for-the-Planet. Check the calendar of events for the next Academy. Or organize an Academy in your town. We’ll help you!

Plant for the Planet Stepping Up

By Gary Piazzon

Children of Plant for the Planet
Fighting For Their Future

They are everywhere: lobbying their representatives, participating in UU Voices presentations in Olympia, introducing Governor Inslee and other prominent officials, presenting to the Seattle City Council and of course, planting trees.  It is just getting started!  These children mean business.

We hosted our first Plant for the Planet academy on Whidbey Island Saturday, 3/28/15 and it was a great time. We certified 15 Climate Justice Ambassadors who join 300 in the USA and 340,000 worldwide. This international, UN sponsored program is just getting started in the US.  Like most other aspects pertinent to this über issue we in the USA have been late adopters.  Boo on us.

The children had an exciting day. They learned about the Climate/Ocean crisis, climate justice, how to speak in public, provide positive feedback to their peers and work together. The weather was wonderful. We planted 11 Garry Oaks in the luscious, dark chocolate earth, found lots of worms, a gorgeous garter snake, the bones of a deer, and petted the resident baby goats. We even celebrated a birthday! We now have the nucleus for a club and will be meeting monthly to strategize how best to get our message to the community and for another academy in the Fall.

You can see images of the event on the CREATe and Climate Change for Families websites.

The goals of PFTP are to:

  • Certify 1 million ambassadors
  • Plant 1 trillion trees
  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground
  • Promote global justice and equality

Why so many trees? Trees absorb CO2. Scientists at NASA have determined this is the number of trees needed to stabilize the climate. A trillion trees may seem like a lot. It amounts to 150 per person on the planet. Huge, but that is where we are. Even that is insufficient to get where we need to be. We must also decrease CO2 pollution by 6% per year. Economists agree that the best way to do that is to tax polluters, i.e. the coal, oil and natural gas industries and provide that money to people so they can make wise choices. So, let’s all “Stop Talking and Start Planting!” and get our legislators to pass a carbon tax like those that make the economies of Germany and British Columbia so strong.

Sources:

Planet for the Planet Seattle Explained:

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=4071325

The inspiring back story: Now We Children Save the World

Presentation to the Seattle City Council- PFTP (begins at about at about 45:00) http://www.seattlechannel.org/mayor-and-council/city-council/city-council-all-videos-index?videoid=x21710

Images from the Academy Saturday 10/25/14 with the Mayor Ed Murray:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w1t9du8qyvmk86u/AADP2mplzkauRedr7OWF7iyja?dl=0

Introducing Governor Inslee:

http://climatechangeforfamilies.com/2014/12/19/abby-introduces-governor-inslee/

April 3, 2015, 3:20 pm

Citation

Piazzon, G. (2015). Plant for the Planet Stepping Up. Retrieved from http://www.nwuujn.org/view/article/551ee5e50cf24df50709ffc3

Ambassadors Working to Label Gas Pumps, by Reed

guest post by Reed, Ambassador for Climate Justice, age 14

On March 3rd, 2015, Plant for the Planet met with Jasmine (Mike O’Brien’s assistant) and William Foster, a city attorney, at the City Hall in Seattle.  The goal of the meeting was to start our quest for labels at gas stations telling you about Climate Change.  Our meeting was divided into four parts:

In the first part, we talked about why we were here.   That was pretty easy.  We were there because we all wanted to save the planet and stop Climate Change, and you can’t do that when the world doesn’t know enough about something like this.  That’s why we want to inform people on Climate Change by putting a message on the nozzle.

The next part was about what we all wanted.  What was our goal?  We were all able to agree on the general basis of what we wanted.  But there were tons of smaller things that we debated on: What should the design look like?  Where should we put the labels?  What should the consequences be for companies who reject the labels? There are still a few things to decide.

The third part was about who and what could oppose the law that we were trying to pass.  The city attorney, William Foster, brought up the First Amendment, saying it might get in the way of this, as the gas stations would be forced to put the labels up.  Then cigarette labels were brought up.  The companies are forced to put something on the side of the containers, saying that they can kill you.  Could that be an advantage…?

While in the middle of this, Council Member Mike O’Brien came into the room.  He talked about how some laws could never be changed, and demonstrated it by dropping a cup and letting it fall on the table, demonstrating Newton’s laws of Gravity.  He hopes this is a law where we can have an impact.

The fourth and final part was what everyone (the city attorney and Plant for the Planet as well) could do until the next time we meet.  Cigarette labels were discussed, and William said he would look into them to see if they can help this case.  For us kids, our job is to find allies.  Other cities are trying to pass laws similar to this one, and maybe we could make an alliance with them.  Environmental groups are another place to look, so Sierra Club…if you are reading this…we want you on our side.  :)

Ambassador Nick: Meeting the Visionary behind Bullitt Foundation

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Ambassadors enjoyed a great day at the Bullitt Center on a no-school day. Since then we’ve been too busy to share about it. As one Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassador recently wrote, “I’d rather save the world than do my homework.”

Well, yeah! Me too. So thank goodness, Ambassador Nick now files this report,

As a whole, Plant for the Planet Seattle got an experience of a lifetime. We got to go to the greenest office building in the world, and meet the amazing man who started it. “Denis Hayes created the Bullitt Foundation an attempt to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest.” (straight from the webpage).

First, we ascended the stairs (with a quick bathroom break beforehand-they were amazing) to a meeting room, where we told Dennis Hayes a little about Plant For the Planet. We then had a (quite in-depth) conversation about the Bullitt Center as a whole, even though Dennis had somewhere to be. He told us all about the building, it’s energy independence, even how the toilets worked! He gave us a tour of the waste water treatment in the basement. He was willing to listen to all of our questions and give informative answers, no matter how silly they were.

We then went to a smoothie place across the street and played in the park. All in all, the experience was very inspiring, and Dennis Hayes was very kind to us.

​nick is pictured in front sporting the always-fashionable Plant-for-the-Planet t-shirt, free for Ambassadors at the Academy.  If you’d like to become an ambassador or know a friend to invite, (our activities are always free) you can sign up for the next Academy in Seattle, March 14th at the Duwamish Longhouse. We have more Academies this school year on Whidbey Island, Bainbridge Island, Enumclaw, and Port Townsend.

State of the Planet 2015

We held a beautiful event at Seattle City Hall with Plant for the Planet climate ambassadors giving their State of the Planet 2015. The ambassadors were all outstanding speakers, and issued the “Billion Tree Challenge” for Washington state to battle climate change. Rob Shirkey from OurHorizon.org was there as well, and gave a short talk on his gas nozzle climate change warning labels idea. The finale included a surprise appearance by BIG GAS and a relay race against time to put warning stickers all over him, audience discussion to commit publicly to get “BACK TO 350″, then Aji & Adonis unveiled a new song “Clean Up”.

We had over 60 people there, including Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, 350.org Executive Board Member KC Golden, and many others. KING 5 news filmed the entire event and interviewed students for a short piece on Saturday’s evening news. Read the article appearing in The Stranger this week.

Thanks to all of you who helped the ambassadors make it happen, fun interactive art, snacks, press coverage, great photography, and of course, the parents who get their families downtown on a Saturday morning.

There’s much more work to do to get these two initiatives passed, so let’s keep this momentum going! It’s time to promote the gas pump warning concept, to gather support from friends and neighbors. Ambassadors will reach out to the City Council, the legal dept, and the Mayor’s office to learn how to shepherd an idea through government and pass a law.

You can be part of it! Students at Lincoln Elementary circulated a petition to collect 76 supporters before the City Hall event. Think of what you can do to make this big idea become real!

Go to ourhorizon.org for more information on gas pump warnings and how you can help.