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The Seattle Foundation’s Give Big campaign is now open for donations, until May 10.  Please consider a donation to Plant for the Planet (Climate Change for Families) to further support the incredible work that is being done by our young Climate Justice Ambassadors and let your friends and family know 🙂

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Youth Activist Speaking at Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s “Rooting our Resistance” Rally

My name is Jamie Margolin, and I’m a 15-year-old climate justice ambassador with Plant for the Planet, a member of the Seattle People’s Climate Movement, and co-founder of Future Voters for 350 parts per million, a budding Teen environmental action network linked to Plant for the Planet.

Watch the video or read Jamie’s full speech below

My name is Jamie Margolin, and I’m a 15-year-old climate justice ambassador with Plant for the Planet, a member of the Seattle People’s Climate Movement, and co-founder of Future Voters for 350 parts per million, a budding Teen environmental action network linked to Plant for the Planet. I’ve spent the majority of 2017 lobbying legislators in Olympia, speaking up at congressional town halls, including Congresswoman Jayapal’s very first town hall as a congresswoman, and organizing, planning, marching, and resisting my heart out.

Like many of you, Election night left me brokenhearted, confused, grief stricken and terrified.

I knew pretty much everything I cared about would now be under attack with a Trump presidency, but I decided to focus my resistance on what I believe is the most important and defining issue of our time: Environmental destruction and climate change.

Because honestly, what will anything else matter when we don’t have clean air to breath or potable water to drink?

So I joined Plant 4 the Planet, an international youth environmental nonprofit, and I got right to work, running around Olympia lobbying and meeting with representatives, testifying at 2 bill hearings before the environmental committee, and giving presentations on climate change.

It was with plant for the planet that I learned how climate change is not this far-off issue that can keep being put off, rather, something that is right here, right now, and is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced and the defining issue of our time.

And later, during my work with the People’s Climate Movement , I learned about the intersectionality of the climate crisis, and how climate change effects other issues and causes we care about. For example, if you care about civil rights and the Black Lives Matter movement, here’s a connection climate change has to systematic racism. Nationally 68% of the Black population lives within 30 miles of a coal plant, are generally more likely to live in polluted areas and have shorter life spans than Caucasians.

Every issue, whether it’s poverty, public health, racism, or gender inequality, is worsened by climate change. Environmental issues are not separate from human rights issues at all. Having carbon levels in the air that increase childhood asthma and cancer levels is a violation of human rights.

In fact, I think it’s fair to say that if there is one message that echoes forth from this rally, let it be that Environmental rights are human rights, and human rights are environmental rights, once and for all!

Failing to address the issue properly is a crime against all young people (my generation) and future generations.

We young people didn’t ask for any of this. We didn’t ask for or have any say in climate change, we didn’t ask for Trump –we have no vote–  and yet we will pay the biggest price for his environmental recklessness, like his proposed budget. Trump’s proposed budget will slash the EPA’s budget in the Puget Sound by 93 percent and cut 3,000 jobs, many of which, are focused on restoring the Puget Sound, our home.

But we are not just going to stand by and let this happen, are we?

Actually, young people have already been on the front lines of environmental resistance. Youth plaintiffs all over the country have been suing their governments over this crime, slashing the myth that you have to be an adult to contribute to society, and participate in the resistance.

Now why do I keep saying, crime? Well, it’s right in the constitution, that everyone has the inalienable right to life. It’s the most basic right we could ask for. But Climate change and environmental destruction are threatening those basic inalienable rights.

The government has known for decades that climate change would threaten the lives of young generation, but they allowed companies to pollute and the problem to worsen anyway.

So 21 youth plaintiffs from all over the country are suing the federal government over this denial of constitutional rights.

And there are state cases all over the country as well, including here in Washington, where plant for the planet kids are suing the state over refusing to pass science-based climate laws. (By the way, the organization behind all these historic youth vs government lawsuits is Our Children’s Trust, so I’d google them after this event.)

Now here are a few quick numbers.

Pre-industrial, natural levels of carbon in the air were 280 parts per million. Today, we’re at 405 parts per million. The level scientists say we need to get down to if we want to preserve life as we know it- and this level is a maximum- is 350 parts per million.

But most bills in the Washington state legislature, like House Bill 1646, a carbon tax, which 350 Seattle and Plant 4 the planet is lobbying to amend, and we hope you will join our efforts, aims to allow carbon levels to rise to 450 parts per million. That’s not a solution! At 450 parts per million, the city of Seattle would be under water.

Solving the climate crisis is not something we should maybe get around to sometime in the future, it is your constitutional obligation NOW, to ensure my generation has our most basic right to live.

And starting right now, you can defend our rights. Because no matter what Trump does, here at home, we still treasure our natural resources and value our water and air. Everyone here should pledge to talk to our neighbors about the importance of investing in our environment – not slashing it! And that should only be the beginning!

Get involved with organizations if you have the time, (Future Voters and Plant for the Planet is always in need of help), or get involved making sure public officials who are climate champions get and stay elected, like our beloved congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal! Plant trees, call your state and federal representatives about how much you care about the environment and your kids futures, they need to hear from you! A call only takes a few minutes, but it can really make a difference.

Because everything we love is on the line right now, and we will need every bit of help from people of all walks of life joining in this effort.

Finally, I think the most important part of environmental advocacy, is to remember that we’re not just trying to prevent catastrophe, but build and create a more peaceful and better world.

So let’s root our resistance, and start building that better world right here at home!

Thank you!

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/.

Successful Day at NW SolarFest 2016

On a beautiful Saturday, July23rd 2016, Plant for the Planet members from the Seattle area attended the 2016 NorthWest Solar Fest at Shoreline Community College.

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Our ambassadors ran a lemonade stand, gave a panel discussion on “How children Promote Climate Recovery”, and entertained the event organizers’ after-party. Check out these wonderful pictures of our participation!

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President Gabe is MC and gives talk
PFTP Seattle President Gabe Mandell Co-MCed The After-Party
Ambassador Athena singing at the after party
Ambassador Athena Co-MCed and Sang at the After Party

 

Ambassador Adonis Singing "Big Oil Funk" for the Flash Mob
Ambassador Adonis Sang “Big Oil Funk” for the Flash Mob Entertainment at the After-Party

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:

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You can also get some updates and pictures from:

Teen Spotted in Early A.M. Taking On Federal Government and Fossil Fuel Industry! 

Aji had to roll out of bed in the middle of the night to record this interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. Along with Julia Olson, director of Our Children’s Trust, Aji describes the 2 lawsuits in which he is a plaintiff suing for #ClimateRecovery on behalf of all living things.

Watch to the very end to hear Aji’s song!:Landmark Climate Lawsuit: Meet the Youth Activists Suing the U.S. Government & Fossil Fuel Industry

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/14/landmark_climate_lawsuit_meet_the_youth

Aji Piper on Democracy Now! 4/14/2016
Aji Piper on Democracy Now! 4/14/2016

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

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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

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Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Duty to Protect the Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations

Attorney Andrea Rodgers, right, with some of the plaintiffs in a climate lawsuit before a meeting earlier this year with Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo Credit: Our Children’s Trust

From Our Children’s Trust on 11/20/2015:

Late last night, eight Washington youth received a groundbreaking ruling from Judge Hollis Hill in their climate change lawsuit. In this landmark decision, Judge Hill declared “[the youths’] survival depends upon the will of their elders to act now, decisively and unequivocally, to stem the tide of global warming…before doing so becomes first too costly and then too late.

The court confirmed what the Washington petitioners and other young people we work with across the nation have been arguing in the courts, that “[t]he state has a constitutional obligation to protect the public’s interest in natural resources held in trust for the common benefit of the people.”

Gabriel Mandell, a 13-year-old Washington petitioner reacts to Judge Hills decision:

“It’s incredible to have the court finally say that we do have a right to healthy atmosphere and that our government can’t allow it to be harmed. This ruling means that what the Department of Ecology does going forward in its rulemaking has to protect us, the kids of Washington, and not just us, but future generations too, like my children and those to come. Now they can’t decide to protect short-term economic fears and ignore us because we have constitutional and public trust rights to a stable climate!”

The court also validated the youths’ claims that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of reduction mandated by Washington law. . . cannot ensure the survival of an environment in which [youth] can grow to adulthood safely.” The judge determined that the State has a “mandatory duty” to “preserve, protect, and enhance the air quality for the current and future generations,” and found the state’s current standards to fail that standard dramatically for several reasons.

This Washington decision establishing constitutional public trust protections for the atmosphere, together with the decision earlier this year doing the same in New Mexico, evidences a wake-up by the judiciary that our collective right to a habitable future is at stake and must be protected by the courts before it is too late.

Read our full press release.
Thank you for your continued support and for enabling us to secure this important decision and more to come!

KIDS Vs. SHELL OIL Press Conference

Wednesday June 10th, Seattle Center, 4:30pm

With SHELL OIL moving north any day now to extract oil from the Chukchi Sea, child Ambassadors for Climate Justice plan to host an informal press conference on Wednesday near the Pacific Science Center and Space Needle to ask grownups, the SHELL CEO, and world leaders to protect the Arctic immediately.

They will read a letter to the SHELL CEO composed by youth on three continents and co-signed by students from 23 countries. Then each child attending will be invited to make a statement of concerns and solutions for the Arctic drilling plan. 

Some solutions these children initiate:

  • international protection for the Arctic so no oil company can drill
  • “climate warming labels” on gas pump nozzles to inspire consumers to drive less
  • Washington’s Billion Tree Challenge to begin to absorb excess CO2 from the sky (our fair share of 1,000 billion trees needed worldwide)
  • legal action to direct WA Dept of Ecology to update emissions targets that protect children and to enforce them

Sierra & her Sign“We need world leaders to lead but locally we make a big difference too. If enough of us show up to say ‘SHELLNO’ and get really creative, only then can leaders do anything. The Arctic belongs to all of us. We can still protect it if we care enough. We’ve got some really good ideas,” said Wren Wagenbach, 14, leader of the local chapter. Wren took part in the kayak Mosquito Fleet protest in May with her father who helped her paddle over from Ballard. 

Students planted trees with Port of Seattle Commissioner Gregoire in March near port terminal 5. “Those trees will be swallowed by the Sound if this drilling plan goes ahead. Everybody admits there’s a 75% chance of an oil spill nobody can clean up. As a parent, I can’t stand by and watch my daughter’s world be ruined just so we can burn more and more oil,” said Michael Foster, organizer/volunteer with Plant-for-the-Planet.

Plant-for-the-Planet in Puget Sound has helped over 300 youth join a global network of children working for Climate Justice. Plant-for-the-Planet International runs the United Nations’ Tree Counter, now showing 14 Billion Trees planted, with a goal of 1,000 Billion as part of a 3-Point Plan to restore climate balance and end poverty.

In February Readers’ Digest magazine honored Plant-for-the-Planet founder Felix Finkbeiner as “European of the Year”. Two Seattle students journeyed to a Youth Summit in May to work with Felix on a Youth Manifesto to protect the world’s children from climate chaos. On Tuesday June 9th, HBO debuts a new episode of “Saving My Tomorrow” which features some of the students from Seattle Plant-for-the-Planet in a documentary about children doing heroic things to heal the planet.

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Pictures & videos of some of the speeches:

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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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