Leadership of Billion Tree Campaign Passed on to the Children
One very positive result did come out of the COP17 in Durban. During the first week of the conference, on December 7, 2011, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) transferred the management of the Billion Tree Campaign to the children of Plant-for-the-Planet.
The Billion Tree Campaign was started by Wangari Maathai and Prince Albert of Monaco in 2006. Since that time, 12.5 billion trees have been planted in 193 countries.
The original goal of Plant-for-the-Planet, planting one million trees in every country, now becomes planting one trillion trees worldwide by 2020. In accepting the torch passed to his generation, Plant-for-the-Planet founder, Felix Finkbeiner said, “We have to speed up from 2 trees per person, nearly 2 trees per person to 150 trees per person which would be a trillion trees. But I am sure we can make it.”
- The Billion Tree Campaign Commit to Action – Join the Billion Tree Campaign (greenactivist.wordpress.com)
- Billion Tree Campaign (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/About/tabid/7254/Default.aspx
- The Power of One: Wangari Maathai (myearthprints.com)