Plant-for-the-Planet Global Boards need Youth Candidates from the U.S.A.

How would you like to be a leader in a democratic global youth organization that has begun transforming the planet one tree at a time? Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?kinderboard_2012neu

You have to be old enough: 8 years old and under 21. If you are 7 and a 1/2 you’ll just have to wait a little while. And you have to be elected. Candidates from North America  are sought for the Youth Board, ages 15 – 21.

Here’s an invitation from the Secretariat in Germany. Please pass this along:

Dear students, teachers and supporters of the Plant-for-the-Planet Initiative,

Apply now to become member of the new Global Boards 2013/14. The online-voting for the new Plant-for-the-Planet Global Boards 2013/14 starts on 27th March!

  • ·         Do you want to deepen your involvement with Plant-for-the-Planet?
  • ·         Do you want to take extensive action to fight the climate crisis?
  • ·         Do you want to inspire children worldwide and represent their interests?

Then apply for the Plant-for-the-Planet Global Boards 2013/2014!

Again, there will be two Global Boards: one for the Children’s Initiative, for children aged from 8 to 14 and one for the Youth Initiative, for young people aged from 15 to 21 years. Together they will represent the Plant-for-the-Planet Initiative, which invites everyone around the world to become a member.

In each of the Global Boards there will be 14 members who represent 7 different world regions. You can be a part of it too. Exchange ideas and opinions with people from around the world and help to take Plant-for-the-Planet into the future!

Requirements:

  • trained Climate Justice Ambassador or high level of motivation to lobby for climate justice
  • joy in inspiring children and youth
  • aged between 8 to 14 (children’s Global Board) or from 15 to 21 years (youth Global Board) as of the 1st July 2013
  • availability between the 1st of July 2013 and 30th of June 2014 for the monthly board meetings of the Global Board via the Internet
  • good English skills to participate actively in the monthly sessions of the Global Board (per Internet)
  • one adult coordinator (e.g. a parent) if you are a minor

You have until 22th March 2013 to apply to sit on one of the Global Boards. The candidates be presented on our website, if possible with a video message.  The elections will start on 27th March 2013 online. Every Plant-for-the-Planet member with voting rights has until 19th April 2013 to register their online votes for each of the Global Boards. From these elected board members, the Global Presidents and Vice-Global Presidents will be elected. They are voted for in a second round of voting from 20-27th April 2013.

The new Presidents and Vice-Presidents will be presented at the Plant-for-the-Planet Annual Meeting in Munich. The handover from the old Global Boards to the new takes place in June, and the new Global Board takes office on 1st July 2013.

Apply here online as candidate for the Global Boards

or send us an email with your name and date of birthmembers@plant-for-the-planet.org

The current Global Board members can be seen here.

It would be great if you could forward this invitation to interested students. Thanks a lot!

Best regards!

Pascale Sarah

for the Plant-for-the-Planet Secretariat

Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation

Lindemannstr. 13

82327 Tutzing – Germany

Tel. ++49 (0) 8808 9345

Fax. ++49 (0) 8808 9346

http://www.plant-for-the-planet.org

If you are interested or know a youth who would like to be on the board, please contact me or Plant For The Planet now. I’ll be happy to share more information.

Learn more about the Global Board and how to become a candidate on the “Structure” page at:

http://www.plant-for-the-planet.org/en/about-us/structure/global-board

Bringing Plant For The Planet to Seattle

In my slideshow for The Climate Reality Project I have introduced audiences in Seattle to the inspiring work of Felix Finkbeiner in Germany, who founded Plant For The Planet a few years ago.

I want to bring an Academy here so that our kids can take the training, learn how to train other kids, become skilled in organizing and fundraising, understand climate justice, and finally HELP PLANT A TRILLION TREES! That’s right, Trillion with a T and that stands for Trees! The only Trouble is finding a corporate sponsor for the event.

If you know of someone who works at one of the big companies in Seattle, please call me and let’s talk about sponsorship of this Academy training event. Help me make contact with a sponsor and we will get this group to come to Seattle this year!

This kind of reforestation is called the 2nd Solution to global warming. Since our CO2 level is way beyond the safe limit, we need more trees to rapidly reabsorb all that excess carbon. Reforesting areas that have been deforested in the last century would put us back on a path our kids can live with. Felix and the kids who run Plant For The Planet are hard at work planting trees right now.

The 1st Solution is reducing CO2 emissions 8% a year starting in 2013. We need to get started now on Solution #1, then we’ll see all the benefits of solution #2 as kids around the world plant millions of trees in their home countries. When those trees start soaking up more and more pollution, we’ll be so grateful. And it will change the course of history.

If we do both of these things, reduce pollution and massive reforestation of lands, by the end of our kids’ lifetimes at the end of this century, our planet just might get back to a climate something like in the 1980’s. It’s going to be a hot century, but if we do everything we can right away to avoid the most dangerous planetary impacts, our kids and their kids’ kids have a pretty good chance at avoiding total catastrophe for the next century. Sounds like a good bet to me even if the odds are long ! I’d rather bet on the side of helping plant more trees and go to bed each night knowing, “I’m doing the best I can.” Always.

Because of Felix and young people all over the world, we are already well on our way!

Over 12.6 billion trees have been planted so far. Check out Plant for the Planet .