I love to see our youth flex for positive and meaningful social issues. Unfortunately we adults have left them with a world of trouble and to see them trying to change our wrongs is disheartening. Shouldn't they be spending their time having fun and learning, not schooling the adults about the life threatening issues of today.
This time in our lives is probably the most unhealthy time in history with problems like climate change, obesity, foods full of cancer causing chemicals etc… the list goes on and on and on and on.
I applaud Felix Finkbeiner, a 13-year-old from Germany and founder of Plant-for-the-Planet for being a strong young voice in the real war of saving ourselves from ourselves. Fighting over oil, religion, land or culture does not matter if we do not have safe food, clean water and air fit to breath.
The student initiative Plant-for-the-Planet founded four years ago by Felix Finkbeiner in Germany with children active in more than 90 countries already attracts attention all over the world.
On February 2, 2011, Felix Finkbeiner, a 13-year-old from Germany, spoke at the United Nations at the opening of the International Year of Forests.
At the age of nine, Felix announced that he wanted to plant a million trees in his native Germany. It took him just three years to do that, and now his organization, Plant for the Planet, is international.
Felix was invited to speak at the Cancun climate conference in December, 2010, and on February 2, 2011, he addressed the United Nations in New York.
In a ten-minute speech, which Felix, native of Germany, let his words flow in perfect English and without needing any prompts, he presented the motives and goals of children from several different countries, and asked them to join forces worldwide in the fight for their future.
President Obama, are you listening? Felix dared to mention climate change, something which was sadly missing from your State of the Union address.