This week, Democracy Now highlighted a young German student, Felix Finkbeiner, founder of the youth-led organization Plant for the Planet. When he was just 9 years old, Felix was giving a presentation to his 4th grade class about climate change. Inspired by his research on Wangari Maathai, he had the idea to lead a movement to plant 1 million trees in every country around the world.
Talk of networking! COP 16 is one place that international networks are being created. At COP 16 there are approximately 15,000 participants. With such a number of people from all over the world and all with differing interests in the field of Environment and all from different sectors of Environmental field.
Climate negotiations can seem quite abstract sometimes. I'm here in Cancun, Mexico, where UN delegates from around the world spend hours debating details of complex regulations. Sometimes it seems that everyone has forgotten a crucial fact: the climate is changing much faster than these negotiations are moving.
GBM's official side event was held on Saturday 4th December. We were very honored to share this event with Mary Robinson, President of Realizing Rights and the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice. Mary was joined by women leaders to discuss strategies for women’s participation in decision-making on climate change.
The climate change negotiations COP16 in Cancun have entered their second week with the high level segment opening this evening. Last week country negotiators put forward their positions to draft text ahead of the ministers arrival this week.
I've never been to a COP before, but I certainly have felt and experienced the effects of climate change: in the drought that people face in my home country Kenya as a result of the disruption in rainfall patterns, and in the flooding that has seen lives lost, crops destroyed and cattle dying.
During this holiday season, we invite you to make a donation in honor of friends or family that will benefit the Green Belt Movement’s programs in Kenya. Your generosity will help us provide hope of a greener and more sustainable future for communities across Kenya for generations to come.
WATER: it is one of the basic necessities needed by all to survive. But what happens when we don't have water or when water becomes increasingly difficult to find? This is a question that is becoming more prevalent in drought prone areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Creating a world where we plant as many trees as have been cut down might be a fairy tale that you could tell an environmental enthusiast! However we came one step closer to making this a reality on 10 October, when the local administration and community members from the Rift Valley area in Kenya were led by Green Belt Movement workers in the planting thousands of seedlings to mark the 10:10:10 Billion Tree campaign.
What happens when you cross a global action day, The Green Belt Movement, a cherry tree and some soil?
Ok so that may be a bit obvious but yes TREE PLANTING!