New West Seattle monthly Meeting

With the growth of Plant for the Planet (a youth-lead climate organization) in Seattle and enough Climate Justice Ambassadors in the South, we have officially kicked off our monthly West Seattle Meetings. Every 3rd Friday we’ll meet at 7PM at the Puget Ridge Co-housing Common House. The meetings in Wallingford will continue on the 1st Friday of the month.

So the next West Seattle Plant for the Planet meeting will be on Friday, April 21st at 7PM. Children who would like to be active to get our planet back to a stable climate and their parents are always welcome to join. Please RSVP by email. Every child who wants to join officially can attend a one day, free academy: One is coming up on April, 8th in Marysville.

To give you a better idea of what we are up to, here’s a quick report from our last meeting:

PftP kids planted a Giant Redwood tree at UW
PftP kids planted a Giant Redwood tree at UW

Most importantly, we elected our two West Seattle Co-chairs Azure (11) and Tim (11), who will take turns planing and running the monthly meetings for the rest of the year.

Congratulations, to both of you!

We also had two special visitors from the Better Cup Campaign, working to persuade Starbucks to improve their cups to be recyclable and made from post-consumer materials. Our Plant for the Planet Ambassadors decided to join this campaign after a presentation from Jim Ace and his Super Mermaid partner. Here is a quick animation, so you can see how much fun we had:

Starbucks #BetterCupCampaign Animation

We also discussed our past actions (The Giant Redwood Planting, Lobbying for House Bill 1646 in Olympia, and a presentation we gave at the the Orca K-8 School) and looked at the calendar to see what’s coming up. Of course, we always plan time for snacks and games 🙂

We’d love to see you there and please forward this to any kids who might be interested in Plant for the Planet! You can contact us for any questions:

Kristen Walsh and Marco Deppe
West Seattle PftP Parent Coordinators

Join us 12/10/16 at the Jefferson Park planting of ancient redwoods!

Moving the Giants project comes to Puget Sound

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Plant for the Planet invite the community to a planting celebration for redwood saplings on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Jefferson Park (3801 Beacon Ave. S), at the southwest corner of S Spokane St. and Beacon Ave. S. Plant for the Planet, a world-wide kid-run organization of 8- to 14-year-olds interested in tree planting, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and fighting poverty through climate justice will plant the redwood saplings and perform a world premiere “Be Like a Tree,” composed by the group.little-girl-with-sapling-10-24-2016-10-11-pmc1

Redwoods are among the oldest, largest, most iconic trees on earth. As part of the Moving the Giants project, 300 Coast Redwood saplings will be delivered to 26 communities around the Puget Sound from December to January. Many other communities are planning special events for tree plantings.

These 300 Coast Redwood saplings have the same genetic structure as some of the world’s oldest and largest trees, have survived 3,000 years or more, and have the capacity to remove and sequester airborne carbon like no other species according to a team of researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Washington.

The redwood clones result from the work of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive – a Copemish, Michigan not-for-profit that collects, archives, and propagates the world’s most important old-growth trees before they are gone. Their work is described in a 10-minute award-winning film by Michael Ramsey called  Moving the Giants – An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet.

For more information on the event or this project please contact Philip Stielstra at 206-949-3804 or pstielstra@comcast.net, or visit the Moving the Giants to Puget Sound Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MovingTheGiantsToPugetSound/.

Parents & Grandparents Fasting for The WA Climate Kids: Fighting for their Future

July 14th, 2016

24 people have fasted for 3 days in advance of today’s public hearing on Washington’s Department of Ecology Inadequate Draft Clean Air Rule! Please come and speak out! Current information is available from this Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/WAClimateKids/

Here are various news media articles about the fasting and today’s events:

On Twitter look for:

You can also get some updates and pictures from:

Sign up now: May 7 2016 Seattle Plant-for-the-Planet Academy

RESERVE YOUR SPACE Today!

Seattle Plant-For-The-Planet Academy

University Unitarian Church, Seattle WA

Saturday, May 7th, 2016; 8:30am – 3:30pm 

For students in grades 4th – 8th

Click here for details!

Online Organizing Between Meetings and Events

We have launched a wiki and an email listserv for members and parents can stay in touch and organize online between meetings and events!

By Isarra, Anthere, Eloquence, Aka (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsA wiki is a type of website whose contents can be edited from the web browser, and which keeps a version history for each editable page. Our wiki site is editable by any member of the site and uses the MediaWiki engine, similar technology to what  the famous Wikipedia uses. This allows for easy collaboration by members regardless of their technical acumen!

Members should sign up at a meeting or email us to request a wiki account. The general login page is:
http://www.timmylein.com/p4tp/

By Jessekoeckhoven (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsA listserv is an automatic mailing list server. When e-mail is addressed to a listserv mailing list, it is automatically broadcast to everyone on the list. This allows those of us who use email (mostly parents) another way to stay in touch between events and meetings.

To subscribe send an email to pftpuslist-subscribe@lists.riseup.net and follow the instructions you get in a reply message. Once you are part of the list, you can post message to everyone my emailing pftpuslist@lists.riseup.net. For further information, please contact the list administrator at pftpuslist-request@lists.riseup.net.

Sign Isaac’s “Divest Beaverton” Project

Tonight at 6pm, Beaverton, OR City Council will hear Isaac make his first public request to DIVEST from fossil fuels. A project he began over a year ago. Go Isaac! You can support him below after you read his first-person account here:
Power Past Coal holds people's hearing on Pacific Northwest coal exports
(Photo by: Alex Milan Tracy)
It’s been a busy year, but for my Bar Mitzvah Project I am doing a bunch of stuff to help stop and reverse Climate Change.Isaac Vergun at the United Nations Environmental Programme sponored Plant for the Planet Academy in Seattle
Isaac at the Plant-for-the-Planet Academy in Seattle, 
devoted to planting 1,000 billion trees for climate justice.

My main project is a campaign with 350.org to get the City of Beaverton, Oregon to divest from fossil fuels and nuclear power. Please sign my petition, even if you do not live in Beaverton. Most people who will be reading this live, work, or shop in Beaverton, but what my city does affects the rest of you too, so please sign!

http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-the-city-of-beaverton-from-fossil-fuels-and-nuclear-power

What I Am Asking the City of Beaverton and Others To Do

Based on the 350.org divestment toolkit I am asking the City of Beaverton to:

  1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.
  2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

Instead of investing their money into fossil fuel companies, we can reinvest in companies who are making solutions to climate change.

There are 200 publicly-traded companies which hold the vast majority of listed coal, oil and gas reserves. These are the companies from which I am asking our institutions to divest. As 350.org says, my demands to these corporations are simple, because they reflect the stark truth of climate science:

They need to immediately stop exploring for new hydrocarbons.

They need to stop lobbying in Washington and state capitols across the country to preserve their special breaks.

Most importantly, they need to pledge to keep 80% of their current reserves underground forever.

Why Should the City of Beaverton Divest?

The mission of the City of Beaverton is to be looking out for the public good. It is well known for the quality of education and work to get solar adopted. One big action of  “looking out for the public good” is divesting from fossil fuel companies, because these companies are putting us at risk for: less access to water, droughts, uncontrolled forest fires, etc. Mayors and other local leaders need to take the lead because the action of the federal government has been stalled, so the local communities need to take action. Divestment is the moral choice for governments who care about their people. Beaverton taking action to solve the climate crisis will help to make sure that the city’s investments pay off in the future.

I am also having a contest for people helping me to get signatures. Ask me if you’re interested in helping! We’ll try to post more soon! Thanks!

Help get 2 USA Ambassadors to the Plant For The Planet international conference in Germany!

Climate Change For Families (Plant-for-the-Planet in Seattle, USA), a 501(c)(3) organization, needs your financial help to defer the $4,000 cost of the airplane tickets for Climate Justice Ambassadors 14-year old Aji & 14-year old Wren, along with their adult advisor Michael Foster, for their upcoming trip to Germany to participate in the May 17 to 25th International P4tP conference to finalize the Youth Climate Plan prior to the Paris December 2015 G7 summit. Yes, it is unusual for P4tP Seattle to take such a trip. But we’re now in “crunch time” to save Mother Earth, and it is extremely important that these Climate Justice Ambassadors attend and have input towards shaping/controlling their future. They are the only 2 Ambassadors representing North America at this conference. As Michael Foster says: “We’re only doing this to save the world!” Thank you for your generosity.
Climate Change For Families is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax ID number: 46-5636361
Donate now at http://bit.ly/1F8V2q8!

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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“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!

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.