GLF Climate 2021


Felix Finkbeiner

Plant for the Planet



At the age of 9, Felix Finkbeiner (23), inspired by the story of Kenyan politician and environmental activist Wangari Maathai, developed the idea that children could promote climate justice by planting a million trees in every country. With the support of children from all over the world, Felix launched the children and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007. So far, more than 91,000 children and youth in 75 countries have been trained in Plant-for-the-Planet Academies. As Climate Justice Ambassadors, these children and youth give speeches to adults, motivating them to take action and to fight for their future. In 2011, in New York at the UN General Assembly Felix was the first to call for the planting of a trillion trees. This was the day the Trillion Tree Campaign was born. To reach this goal we need the global community. That’s why the children and youth developed the Plant-for-the-Planet Platform as the most powerful and easiest tool to connect donors and tree planting organizations worldwide. In 2018, the German President awarded Felix the Federal Cross of Merit to honor his commitment for climate justice. Today, Felix does his PhD at the ETH Zurich. He researches on the forest restoration potential at a global scale in addressing the anthropogenic climate crisis.

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