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Plant-For-The-Planet Academy

Our next academy will be on Saturday, March 3rd near Green Lake

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For students in grades 4th – 8th

The following is included at no cost to the students:

  • Instruction and supervision throughout the Academy
  • Snacks and Lunch
  • Plant-For-The-Planet T-shirt
  • Plant-For-The-Planet Book, “Tree By Tree”
  • Ambassador Name Badge and Certificate
Graduating Ambassadors, May 2013

What is a Plant-for-the-Planet Climate Ambassador?

Once upon a time, way back in 2007, a 4th grade boy in Germany named Felix Finkbeiner put together a Powerpoint presentation on the climate crisis for his classmates.  He was inspired by Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped plant over 30 million trees in Kenya. Felix concluded his presentation by saying, “I believe we children can plant 1 million trees in every country of the world.” Today, Felix is 17 years old and continues to work with children and families around the world to plant 1 trillion additional trees by 2020 — that’s the amount of trees required to absorb enough CO2 to restore Earth’s climate to livable levels during their lifetimes.

Felix came up with the idea of training children to be ambassadors, then work with their communities around the globe to help save the planet in all kinds of ways.  Over 30,000 children worldwide are Ambassadors for Climate Justice, with more attending Academies all the time.

Plant-for-the-Planet is an organization lead by children for children. Every child can get involved – and over 100,000 children worldwide are already doing just that. An international student board directs Plant-for-the-Planet Global with help from grownups. One member is from Seattle!  They partner with the United Nations and local groups to inspire us all to make a positive difference for our future.

What happens at the Academy?

Up to 50 students in 4th-8th grade will learn to make a difference as an Ambassador of Plant-for-the-Planet. They will learn from other Ambassadors and adult volunteers about the following:

  • a student-designed 3-Point Plan to end the global climate crisis
  • tree-planting basics
  • climate science and climate justice
  • presentation skills
  • how to engage other students, our communities and our leaders in making a difference

The day culminates in an educational and moving slideshow presentation for families, the public, and community leaders 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!  They will add their newly planted trees to the International Tree Count.  

In addition to parents, members of the press, community leaders and local elected officials will be invited to attend the student presentation.

What to bring to the Academy?

Bring a water bottle and wear layers for the weather. Although we’ll be learning indoors much of the day, the group goes outside to plant trees and for break times, rain or shine.

After the Academy

At the Academy, the new Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassadors will create individual and group plans to connect with other groups they are part of, then create plans for action. Their plans will be supported with monthly Plant-for-the-Planet meetings and events. They will be invited to help with local tree-planting events as they build momentum to stop the climate crisis. The possibilities are as limitless as their imaginations.


Jack, a Forest Steward, teaching new Ambassadors how to plant a tree
Nicky presentation
Ambassador gives Presentation on Climate Justice, here filmed by HBO for “Saving My Tomorow” documentary