“State of the Planet 2015”, According to Children

Ambassadors give State of the Planet 2015 on Saturday at Seattle City Hall

Tonight President Obama steps onto the world stage for the annual State of the Union, but on Saturday morning, Ambassadors for Climate Justice deliver “State of the Planet 2015” at Seattle City Hall.

How is Earth doing in 2015? Find out Saturday as Ambassadors, who range in age from 9 – 14, share the latest climate update and more. “We don’t have time to wait until we’re grown up. We’re announcing initiatives to end the climate crisis.” says Ambassador Gabe, speaking on behalf of all kids who need grownups to help clean up. “Give us a chance at a habitable world.”

The children do their part planting trees, stopping pollution, inspiring others to take bold action. Come do yours!

You’re invited to this fun, free community event.

Saturday 1/24, 11am-Noon

Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room

Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be on hand as young Ambassadors update Washington’s Billion Tree Challenge, plus their new initiative to put Climate “Warming Labels” on Seattle gas pump nozzles. Hear Aji & Adonis debut a new song live, and guest speaker Rob Shirkey, who originated the ‘labels on gas pumps’ idea in Canada.

If the children succeed, the City of Seattle will join Berkeley, which passed gas pump labels in November, and San Francisco, which has scheduled a hearing. Labeling gas pump nozzles “is just like labeling cigarettes,” according to 11-year-old Ambassador Stella, “but way better because gasoline poisons life all over the planet.”

Washington’s Billion Tree Challenge engages our state in doing our fair share toward the worldwide goal to plant 1 Trillion trees this decade. Over 34,000 Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassadors plant, speak and sing about climate justice worldwide. Volunteering with the United Nations, Ambassadors counted over 13 billion trees planted so far.

In December, Seattle Ambassadors appeared in a documentary “Saving My Tomorrow” on HBO as well as on KING5 “New Day”. They also introduced Governor Inslee at a lunch with Al Gore, and planted the 11,000th tree of the season in Seattle Parks.

Now let’s make 2015 count as the year we turn the tide on climate change. Pledge to make a difference this year. Share your commitment!

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.

Dec 10th Climate Silence Now, by Wren

Itzcuauhtli is an 11 year old climate activist.  His older brother Xiuthezcatl helped start the Earth Guardians program in Colorado. The boys have been speaking, rapping and spreading the word about climate change to every child and adult they can, like they do in HBO’s “Saving My Tomorrow”. They marched in the front row of the People’s Climate March in NYC.

But Itzcuauhtli realized that speaking wasn’t going to cut it.

He made the decision to take a vow of silence until the politicians and leaders of our planet started to take notice and help us on our mission of reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere.  Itzcuauhtli has been completely silent for 45 days.

On Saturday December 6, 2014, Climate Justice Ambassadors from Plant for the Planet in Seattle stood in support of Itzcuauhtli.  We went silent for 1 hour and held a silent protest downtown with a large sign bearing the message, “Stop Talking, Start Planting” and green tape over our mouths.  We also had a donation bag to collect donations from the public, each dollar donated planted one tree. In one hour we collected $29 total! plus we shared brochures and raised awareness for trees and climate action.

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If you want to help Itzcuauhtli’s cause, please wear a green bracelet on Wednesday December 10th, Human Rights Day, and post your picture online to show your support.  To do our part we will continue to share these protests in the future!

Thank you,

Wren

ed. –United Nations climate talks in Peru December 1 – 12 must take a major step forward as delegates lay groundwork for an entirely new climate treaty in Paris 2015. Forests and Climate Justice have been a BIG DEAL so far this year. Itzcuauhtli has kept silent, looking for leaders like you and me to show officials how to lead.

Learn HERE how you can help on December 10th, Human Rights Day, wherever you are on Earth.

Meeting A Hero, by Abby

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 video of Abby’s introduction speech from the Governor’s point of view.   (Thank you Jill for crouching on the floor between VP Al Gore and Governor Inslee to capture this angle on video. You are intrepid!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwrXyF7_J-w&feature=youtu.be

Vice President Al Gore and Governor Jay Inslee Speech 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.

ed. –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

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Saturday October 10th, 2015 9am – 5:30pm ALWAYS FREE, students ages 9 – 14

  • Free Snacks and Lunch
  • Free Plant-For-The-Planet T-shirt
  • Free Plant-For-The-Planet Book, “Tree By Tree”
  • Free Ambassador Name Badge and Certificate
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Graduating ambassadors, May 2013

What is an Ambassador for Climate Justice?

Once upon a time, way back in 2007, a 4th grade boy in Germany, Felix Finkbeiner, put together a classroom powerpoint report on the climate crisis.  Inspired by “An Inconvenient Truth” and by Wangari Maathai, the nobel prize winner, Felix concluded his presentation, “I believe we children can plant 1 million trees in every country of the world.” Today, Felix is 16 years old and 35,000+ youth (and their families) around the world are working to plant 1 Trillion additional trees by 2020 — that’s the amount of trees required to absorb enough CO2 to restore earth’s climate during their lifetimes. Students direct the Plant-for-the-Planet Global Board with help from grownups. They partner with local groups and the United Nations to  inspire us all to  leave carbon in the ground now. Anyone ages 9 – 14 can attend a free one-day workshop (the Academy) to learn from other ambassadors,

  • the 3-Point Plan to end global crisis
  • tree-planting basics
  • climate science and climate justice
  • presentation skills and a powerpoint
  • how to engage our communities and leaders

Bring a water bottle and wear layers for the weather. Although we’ll be learning indoors much of the day. the whole group goes outside to plant a tree and for break times, whatever the weather. Families arrive to attend the end of day Graduation event when our new Ambassadors for Climate Justice show us what they’ve learned including their plans to restore our climate. The students graduate as new ambassadors when they announce their commitments to their families and a few students present the slideshow shared by youth around the world.

After the Academy

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassadors connect with schools and on local tree-planting events to build momentum to stop the climate crisis. Last year, we helped plant almost 9,000 trees. In Seattle ambassadors hold monthly Leadership Corps meetings at the Good Shepherd Center to plan actions. Letter writing from Ambassadors inspired college students to vote in Whatcom County, to help block a proposed coal terminal there. Local Ambassadors work with 350.org, Our Children’s Trust, Climate Solutions, and more groups speaking at rallies, at schools, to City Council, legislators and the Governor, and won a legal decision to make the Dept of Ecology do our fair share to combat global warming.

 Ambassadors from Plant-For-The-Planet gave public comment to Washington Governor Jay Inslee in Olympia.
Ambassadors from Plant-For-The-Planet gave public comment to Washington Governor Jay Inslee in Olympia.
Jack, a Forest Steward, teaches Ambassadors how to properly plant a tree.
Free Lemonade! Quench your thirst and make a donation to plant trees in the tropics. A cool way for ambassadors to reforest the planet in our dry summers.
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Ambassador families “Stop talking and start planting,” Green Seattle Day! Tree-planting season officially arrives in Seattle Parks on Saturday November 7th!
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News crews like to film Ambassadors teaching climate justice “Draw the Line” Climate Rally. An HBO special features Seattle students in “Saving My Tomorrow”

You can be part of a global children’s movement that is changing the world, “Tree by tree”.

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Slideshow slideshow!

 

 

Here’s a slideshow of a slideshow, featuring a team of students giving their 5th grade assembly an introduction to Plant-For-The-Planet!

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The students had a blast, answered questions, and now everybody at school wants to plant TREES! and become an ambassador too.

If you would like to know how to host an assembly for a slideshow at your school, just leave a request below in the comments. If you have questions about how to get involved with Plant-For-The-Planet as an ambassador or as a grownup, please ask!