Today is another unusually hot day in Seattle. The evidence of climate change is happening all around us and, yes, it’s scary. Because of this, the mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers at South Seattle Climate Action Network are incredibly grateful for all the young people involved in Plant for the Planet and Our Children’s Trust, who are working hard to find solutions to the environmental challenges that we face. Grace Rivkis and the other kids at Plant for the Planet are leading the way! If your child, grandchild. neice, nephew or young friend is interested in also getting involved, see below for details about the upcoming Plant For The Planet academy happening on October 7th in West Seattle! It’s free, it’s fun and it’s important!
September 1, 2017 “Open Letter to Seattle”
I need your help. My name is Grace and I am the president of Plant for the Planet Seattle. Plant for the Planet is a global organization dedicated to stopping climate change in its track — by planting trees.
Yes, trees. Right now, with the technology we have, trees are still the most effective tool there is for reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Not only that, but they also actively release oxygen into the atmosphere. To reduce carbon levels to a safe amount by the end of this century, we have to plant trees – and lots of them.
By “lots” I mean at least 100 billion worldwide by 2020. That’s about 150 trees by every person in the world. Now, that seems like it might be difficult — and it will be. This isn’t going to be easy, folks. In fact, it’s going to be downright hard. You — yes you, personally – are going to have to work for it. But in return for that work? You can save the world.
Plant for the Planet is working on doing just that. We are youth from 7 to 21 years old working hard to save our world. We educate, we speak, we go to rallies and marches, but most of all, we plant trees. And we need as many people as we can get to do these things with us.
So join us. If you are between 7 and 21 you can join us in a couple of ways. We have a training Academy in West Seattle on October 7th. On October 14th you can help us plant trees at Sam Smith Park, for Seattle Arbor Day. If you have a child in the right age range, show them this. Offer to take them to at least one of the events. Go to our website www.climatechangeforfamilies.com to learn more and to sign up.
Seattle, we need your help. Children today are going to live through the effects of climate change. Some of us will die from those effects. Help us make sure that your children won’t. Please. We need you.
Grace Rivkis, age 13
President of Plant for the Planet Seattle
For more information, or to sign up for October 7, 2017 Academy: www.climatechangeforfamilies.com