Schools all over the world can join in
A new Yale-led study published in the journal Nature in September 2015 found that 9.5 billion trees are lost each year due to deforestation. The study, which was initiated by Plant-for-the-Planet also estimates that there are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth, about 7.5 times more than previously estimated. But the total number of trees has plummeted by 45.8% since humans first began transforming the global landscape.
When 88 youth from 23 countries came together in Tutzing, Germany for the first Plant-for-the-Planet Youth Summit in May 2015, they worked on a manifesto in which they called for biggest afforestation project ever. They addressed the world’s leaders and challenged them to plant 1000 billion trees by 2020.
The Billion Tree Campaign was handed over to the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation on 7 December, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. As of this date the children and youth of Plant-for-the-Planet have been responsible for the official tree counter.
Nairobi, 8 November 2011 - More than 12 billion trees have now been planted in 193 countries under the Billion Tree Campaign, organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In February 2011 Felix and further Climate Justice Ambassadors were invited to New York to speak at the opening of the International Year of Forests.
Together with delegates and other important participants at the Climate Change Conference COP 16 in Cancun in December 2010, the children of Plant-for-the-Planet planted another 193 trees. Through this action they wanted to demonstrate how important it was that a global contract for climate justice be adopted.
On 21 September, 2009 it was announced that the Billion Tree Campaign had reached 7 billion trees—one for every person on the planet.
When Felix presented Plant-for-the-Planet in Korea in August 2009, hundreds of children joined him on the stage and promised to plant 1 million trees in their respective countries
After the campaign hit the two billion mark in May 2008, UNEP decided to set a new goal of seven billion trees – one for every person on the planet
The billionth tree – an African olive tree now growing in Ethiopia – was planted in November 2007.
On March 28th, 2007 Felix and his friends plant the first tree for Plant-for-the-Planet at the Munich International School in Starnberg, Germany.
Felix Finkbeiner holds a class presentation on the climate crisis and ends it with the words: “Let us plant in each country of Earth a million trees!” The teacher sends him to other classes, the director to other schools.
The Billion Tree Campaign was launched by the UN Environment Programme and its partners on 8 November 2006 in Nairobi during the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was inspired by the late Professor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai and was launched as one response to the threat but also the opportunities of global warming and the wider sustainability challenges from water supplies to biodiversity loss