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Amma addresses the Trillion Tree Campaign

Amma delivers her address

Key Points

  • The Trillion Tree Campaign was launched in Monaco, with people from around the world vowing to inspire the planting of one trillion trees. Prominent signatories of the Trillion Tree Declaration include Prince Albert II of Monaco, UN officials, environmental activists, and spiritual leaders, including Amma.
  • Amma emphasized the critical role of forests in maintaining nature’s harmony and encouraged individuals to plant one tree a month, aiming for 12 trees a year. The campaign seeks to protect existing forests and expand tree planting efforts globally.
  • The campaign was initially envisioned by Felix Finkbeiner in 2007, inspired by Wangari Maathai’s work in Africa. Finkbeiner’s vision was for children to plant one million trees in every country to offset CO2 emissions. The initiative, known as Plant-for-the-Planet, has since surpassed its initial goal and continues to expand its tree-planting efforts.
9 March 2018
Main topic
Planting Trees - Worldwide
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A vow has been taken today by people from all over the world to do everything possible to inspire the planting of one trillion trees. A gathering to launch the Trillion Tree Campaign was held in Monaco. Amma sent a video message along with AYUDH Europe (our youth wing) and Embracing the World representatives who attended.

“Forests play the most important role in maintaining nature’s harmony,” Amma said. “Each country should try to protect its remaining forests and plant as many trees as possible. Individually, we should each make a vow to plant one tree a month so that in a year, each person would plant 12 trees.”

Delegates stand together for a photo
The thirty signatories of the Trillion Tree Declaration. Bri. Deepamrita with Embracing the World is front row, first on left.

Other first signatories of the Trillion Tree Declaration include Prince Albert II of Monaco; Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Matt Harris, President of the Arbor Day Foundation; Tom Crowther of Crowther Lab, responsible for the science behind the Trillion Tree Campaign; Christian Kroll, Founder of Ecosia – a search engine that plants trees; Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International; His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa; and Founder of Plant-for-the-Planet, Felix Finkbeiner.

Nine year old boy walks across grass with a shovel over his shoulder
Felix Finkbeiner started his idea for treeplanting on a global scale when he was 9-years-old. Today he is 19.

It was Felix who started this idea in Germany in 2007 when he was just nine years old. It came from a project he had to do for school. Inspired by Wangari Maathai, who planted 30 million trees in Africa in 30 years, he formulated his vision: children could plant one million trees in every country on earth. They could offset CO2 emissions all on their own while adults were only talking about it.

To the surprise of all, children from a hundred countries answered Felix’s call and founded the child and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet. The million tree per country goal has been passed, and so the goal expands.

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