Our earth is dying. Just take a look at the heartbreaking news coming out of Australia in the past few weeks. Bushfires are burning wildly out of control to disastrous proportions. 500 million animals have already perished due to this devastating situation. What a loss, what a tragedy! What can we possibly do to stop it? We can act! The earth needs ACTION now.
Lets take a look at real life super heroes
In the wake of the recent natural disasters, we are dedicating this week’s post to a few real life super heroes. These kids are actively doing things to try and change the disastrous course that we are driving our earth towards. The keyword is ACTION.
We must inspire and empower others
Yesterday we could have stopped this mess by ‘not doing’. Not littering, not using single-use plastics, not supporting those companies who heavily and consciously produce mass waste. ‘Not doing’ is no longer enough. Today is the day that we must ‘do’. We must do more than sit idly by watching our world burn. We must act. Today is the day that we must inspire and empower others. Today we must move to turn the course we are taking our broken world on. Ultimately, we all have the responsibility and duty to act for our precious earth. We all have the ability to make a real difference in our world.
Be brave. Keep doing better for our world.
To all those who not only ‘don’t do’, but also ‘actively do’, we urge you to continue being brave. Most importantly, please don’t give up, keep on inspiring us to do better for our world every day. For those reading, we hope that you realize that it starts with one. The earth needs ACTION now.
Milo Cress started BE STRAW FREE after investigating the number of plastic straws that Americans use every day. This movement encourages cities to go straw free. In time, Cress calculated that 500 million straws are used and tossed out in the United States every single day. “Some scientists estimate there are 7.5 million plastic straws polluting U.S. shorelines, and anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws on shorelines around the world.”1
After Milos project gained fame “he took his findings on the road in hope of inspiring others to action. “1
‘You don’t have to start an environmental project (to be active). (What is important is to get) involved in something that makes you passionate”https://money.com/how-many-plastic-straws-used-every-day/
Felix Finkbeiner founded ‘Plant for the Planet’ when he was 9 years old. The boy was inspired by climate activist Wangari Maathai’s work and decided that he would not sit idly by. Finkbeiner presented his findings to his classroom and urged his classmates to join his movement. Initially, Felix asked fellow students to plant one million trees in every country of the world.
Finkbeiner presented “his initiative at a meeting of the European Parliament. At the Youth Conference held in South Korea the following year, children representing 56 nations took the stage, to demonstrate their commitment to planting one million trees in each of their countries”. In Germany this goal was reached within a year of the young boys speech. 2
More than 12 billion trees have now been planted around the world, under Plant for the Planet initiative.https://believe.earth/en/felix-finkbeiner-pl
Ridhima Pandey bravely filed a complaint against the Indian government at the age of 9.
“ My government has failed to take steps to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (This has caused) extreme climate conditions and will greatly impact both me and future generations. My country has a huge potential to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Because of the government’s inaction, I have (decided to file a complaint against them.)”https://www.business-standard.com/about/who-is-ridhima-pandey
That complaint currently lays before the supreme court.
Since then Ridhima has come before the UN with 16 other child activists to file an official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey, the largest pollution emitters in the world, (were signaled for) lack of government action on the climate crisis.”4 “The child petitioners, who presented their complaint at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, allege that the inability to tackle climate issues by the five countries constitutes an infringement on child rights. (This petition is still ongoing and has now been) filed through the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This mechanism allows children or adults to appeal to the UN in case a country fails to provide a remedy for a violation.” 5
We truly hope that you found these kids as inspirational as we did. More importantly we hope that these kids have inspired you to act. The earth needs ACTION now!
New start date for National Math Bee
Due to the unexpected illness of one of our key NMB team members, we have decided to push the start of the the tournament to Monday, January 13th, 2020. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.
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