FEATURED IN YVFP FILM ‘PLANT FOR THE PLANET’
At 9 years old, inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement in Africa, Wangari Maathai, Felix Finkbeiner founded the nonprofit, Plant for the Planet in Germany, to engage kids in planting trees, sequestering carbon, and mitigating climate change. Then Plant for the Planet went viral—and global.
His story is told in the award-winning short film, “Plant for the Planet”, one of thirteen Young Voices for the Planet (YVFP) films produced by Lynne Cherry documenting youth solutions to the Climate Crisis and other environmental and social justice issues. In this movie Felix is 11 years old and talks about “trees for climate justice” — his generation’s future.
Felix, now in his 20s and a University of London graduate, continues to grow Plant for the Planet. As of 2019, the organization has established over 1000 academies in 71 countries around the world to empower young members to learn about climate change, the importance of tree-planting and how to take action. After Professor Wangari Maathai passed away in 2011, the UN invited Plant for the Planet to lead the Billion Tree Campaign which Maathai initiated. Now, with the leadership of tens of thousands of young people and the collaboration of governments, NGOs and corporate partners around the world, 13.6 billion trees have been planted globally.
Felix continues his passionate advocacy (see below), speaking at National Geographic’s Explorers Festival in Washington in 2019 and most recently to world leaders at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos where the US and China were among the countries to verbally sign on to Plant for the Planet’s new challenge of planting 1 trillion trees globally! Felix has received numerous awards for his work, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and Focus Magazine’s Person Most Likely to Shape the Next 25 Years.
The YVFP film “Plant for the Planet” took 2nd Place in My Hero’s International Film Festival (2011) and was part of Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour Program (2013). It is included in the online library of PBS Learning Media and NOAA’s Teaching Climate Resources.
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“Stop Talking, Start Planting”
Felix Finkbeiner: Planting Trees and Ideas
Believe. Earth Article bSão Paulo, Brazil; Model Gisele Bündchen and Albert II (Prince of Monaco) were among the famous people and world leaders who participated in Plant for the Planet’s ‘Stop Talking, Start Planting’ campaign. Photo Credit: Plant-for-the-Planet
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Giving Voice to Youth Leadership While Discovering Practical Solutions to Long-Term Climate Change
Interview with Lynne Cherry & Felix Finkbeiner