On Saturday 23 September, students aged 9-12 participated in a full-day Plant-for-the-Planet Academy hosted by the FIS Elementary School. Founded in 2007 by then Grade 4 student, Felix Finkbeiner, the Plant-for-the-Planet organization aims to raise awareness about the issues of climate change and global justice. Since its founding, the organization has helped train more than 80,000 climate leaders worldwide and plant over 13 billion trees.
FIS brought the workshop event to Oberursel and invited pupils from neighboring schools to participate. Thirty-three children from Oberursel, Bad Homburg and Frankfurt heeded the call and, fittingly, made a contribution to climate protection on the same day as the UN World Peace Day, whose theme this year was "Climate Action for Peace."
During the workshop, newly trained climate ambassadors cheerfully planted butterfly, hawthorn and dogwood trees as part of their action in response to climate change. As 10-year-old FIS student Luna and her sister Lilly said, "We have learned a lot about the climate catastrophes," and they wanted to incorporate at least one idea for climate protection in their own school.
The trees will continue to be monitored and cared for by the FIS Elementary School's Earth Rescue service group throughout the year.
Story contribution by FIS faculty member Sabine Koopmann