The Inspiring Story of Felix Finkbeiner Planegg/Germany
We are never too young to teach a lesson nor too old to learn one…
Have you heard about Felix Finkbeiner from Bavaria/Germany?
He is now 18 years old and started this caretaking about our planet with the age of 9 in 2007.
It all began with a presentation about climate change at school. While researching he read about Wangari Maathai, who planted with other women 30 Mio trees in 30 years in Africa.
At the end of the presentation Felix said spontaneously we have to do the same. And so the foundation of “Plant for the Planet” was laid - an organization that encourages children around the world to take care of the planet and plant trees. Two month later his class planted the first tree on the school campus. They created a website and delivered this idea of planting trees to other schools in Bavaria and later in Germany, in Europe and worldwide.
Today over 14 Billion tress were planted by children worldwide. To spread out further this idea children give presentations explaining the ability of trees in sequestring 10 kg CO2 annually and so they mitigate climate change. In academies „Plant for the Planet“ educates children to so called climate ambassadors. Up today the organisation has 36.000 ambassadors worldwide and strives for 1 million. In 48 countries children already gave presentations and in 6 countries the organisations holds subsidiaries.
With the age of 10 Felix had the chance to present his idea tot he european praliament and with 13 he spoke to the UN assambly in New York. Felix is climate ambassador for the UN. Today Felix studies at the ´School of Oriental and African Studies´ in London in oder to understand the history and current situationsof Afrika, Asien and middle east. He studies the chinese language and strives fort he study of international relations, international la wand economics. Than he will know where he can promote and leverage his idea to bring the world into balance by planting trees.