10,000 Tree Challenge

ed. — Earth Corps held the Fall Planting Challenge this year in Seattle. In 6 weeks, volunteers surpassed the 10,000 tree goal. Thanks to Clare for her guest blog describing the final event.

Hi, I’m Clare. I planted the 11,000th tree for Earth Corps Fall Planting Challenge in Seattle. It was a really interesting experience because even though it was just another tree it was incredibly symbolic, it represented us reaching an incredible amount of trees. I dug the hole and the ground was really tough and everyone was taking pictures. We named it and it felt very communal. As I said before it was just a normal tree, but it was incredibly important. We need your help to plant all one trillion of these trees and replacing all the trees we have cut down in our lifetimes.

Clare and her dad planting trees

The reason we need 1,000 billion trees in the ground is because that’s how many trees it’s going to take to significantly offset the effects of global warming. That’s 150 trees per person on Earth. Also my classmate and friend Finn was with me and he helped dig the hole and plant the tree. I’m really glad that he was there because he is also part Plant-for-the-Planet and is really dedicated-if new- to our cause. Finn and I are also really dedicated to Washington’s Billion Tree campaign, which our Governor Jay Inslee likes so it possible for Washington state to plant 1 Billion trees. Which, if you’re wondering comes from one-hundred-fifty trees per person in Washington State.

We really need your help. Thank you and I hope you can help us.

PS: We named the tree Ferdinand Douglas, Ferdinand Doug for informal occasions.

ed. — Clare and her family plant trees every month in season. She’s fast! While we planted 2 trees, they planted 6. She loves those trees and it shows! 

To plant 1,000 billion trees, all of us will plant every kind of tree everywhere all the time for the next decade. We’ll become the new tree-planting species 2 ways:

  • Volunteer for tree-planting events near you. Find a forest restoration project led by awesome tree-people. Pulling out invasives and preparing the soil all year long for new trees takes many hands.
  • Donate online to groups like Plant-for-the-Planet and Earth Day Network where $1 or $1.25 plants a tree in the tropical countries where that $1 helps feed a family. It’s not as much fun as getting your hands dirty in roots and soil and planting yourself, but adds up faster to 150 trees per person.

The next tree-planting extravaganza in Seattle is MLK weekend. Find out more greenseattle.org

VIDEO: Children Rally Against Coal Exports in Portland

This is beautiful.

Governor Kitzhaber, listen to the voices of justice. With nothing to gain and everything to lose from coal export, our children ask only for a future and a clean Columbia River Gorge. Stop coal export and start a trend. Governor, you have an easy choice to make.

Congratulations to all the wonderful families in Portland who came out to make this rally special. Our kids will remember this for a lifetime. Thank you Columbia Riverkeeper and Power Past Coal!

12-year-old for Egypt’s Next President

This is how democracy can flourish!

Posted by  on July 18, 2013

Reposted from Global Social Change and Free Arabs website

His name is Ali Ahmed, age 12 and a half. He was interviewed in October 2012 by Egyptian newspaper El Wady, after huge demonstrations against then-president Mohammed Morsi were held in Cairo. Ali defended the anti-Morsi point of view in an extremely articulate and passionate manner, but the video didn’t attract much attention at first.

Free Arabs spotted Ali’s interview, edited it down to 2:30 and provided English subtitles in March 2013, soon after the site was launched. The Youtube video received not much more than a thousand visits in 3 months. Then Morsi was taken down by the army (or the people, the debate is still on) on July 3nd.

As Egypt was back in global headlines, Ali’s video suddenly and unexpectedly took off on July 5th, reaching 300 thousand hits in 24 hours. The Washington Post picked the story with a bold headline (“Meet the 12-years-old Egyptian boy who wonderfully explains his country’s crisis”), followed by the Huffington Post, with a no-less engaging title (“Ali Ahmed, First Grader In Egypt, Excoriates Muslim Brotherhood”).

By July 7th, Ali’s interview has reached a million views and was ranked among the top 5 most shared videos on Reddit.  5 days later, that score doubled. The Egyptian little boy even caused a stir in… China! On July 15, a version of the video with Chinese subtitles was “ranked as the third most popular microblog post overnight”, the South China Morning Post reports. A success overwhelming enough for the authorities to… block the video in China, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The simple, yet smart and impactful way in which the young boy advocates people’s power has certainly captured the mood of millions of Egyptians who took to the streets and ended up bringing the Morsi government down. But there’s probably more to Ali’s global sensation (2.4 million views so far!!) This young kid simply appeals to the human in us—who wouldn’t be extremely proud to have such a stunningly precocious kid as a son?