Some people are totally amazing, like when a 12-Year old German boy planted a million trees.
They achieve major things that the world takes notice of.
And their achievements are so great that most of us can only dream of doing something similar.
Felix Finkbeiner is one of them.
This young German lad had a dream – a dream to plant trees.
Ever since he was nine years old, Finkbeiner has been an international figurehead for saving the planet. In 2007, the German youngster founded a global youth movement called Planet for the Planet – an initiative that trains and recruits kids from around the world to plant trees as a means of combatting climate change.
When he was in his preteens he gave a speeches to the European Parliament and the United Nations General Assembly.
In those speeches he inspired kids from more than 90 countries to join in his quest to build trees all over the world.
“Forests are not only the livelihood of billions, but for us children forests are our future.”
As a result the United Nations gave Felix the leadership mantle of its Billion Tree Program.
The program was inspired by the Nobel Peace Price-winning activist, Wangari Maathai.
It was Maathai’s efforts and his Green Belt Movement that resulted in 30 million trees being planted in Africa.
And that program is being enlarged to the Trillion Tree Campaign.
To plant one trillion trees in 30 years.
And let’s put that in perspective.
Today there are about three million trees in the world.
So planting a trillion trees would mean 150 trees for every person on earth.
“Children could plant one million trees in every country on earth and offset CO2 emissions all on their own, while adults are still talking about doing it,” said Finkbeiner. His motto, “Stop talking, start planting.”