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Resource Language:

English

Regional Focus

Europe

Plant for the Planet

Author: Young Voices for the Planet
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Climate Action
Resource Type:
  • Video, 5 minutes, 32 seconds
Synopsis
  • This video shows how a 9-year-old German boy named Felix started a foundation called Plant for the Planet to educate people about climate justice and the importance of planting trees to sequester carbon. 
  • Students will learn how Felix started the foundation and how it grew into something much bigger than he anticipated. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The Plant for the Planet program will inspire students and make them feel empowered to take climate action.
  • The video explains that some people contribute more carbon emissions than others.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video talks about climate justice, the idea that each person on the planet only has the right to pollute the Earth with 2 tons of CO2 each year. Teachers may want to explain this concept before showing the video to students.
  • The video description includes a link to the Plant for the Planet website, which provides up-to-date information on the foundation.
  • This video was produced in 2015 so the US and European annual CO2 emissions data are no longer accurate.

Differentiation

  • Teachers could utilize this video to motivate students and provide an example of ways that individuals can make a difference.
  • English language arts classes or writing classes could write an essay on the following prompt: Felix was inspired to plant trees when he read about Wangari Maathai's work. Write about a time that someone inspired or motivated you to make a difference in your community.
  • Other resources on this topic include this SubjectToClimate lesson on Wangari Maathai and deforestation, this video on how trees can sequester carbon, and this TED video about a city that is planting a million trees to combat climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource is less of a science resource and more of an inspirational or motivational video demonstrating ways in which youth can address climate or environmental issues. It describes the Plant for the Planet organization, started by Felix, a 9-year-old (at the time of the video), who plants trees to sequester carbon. This resource is well-produced and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 3-ESS3-1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.6.3-5 Draw on disciplinary concepts to explain the challenges people have faced and opportunities they have created, in addressing local, regional, and global problems at various times and places.
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