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Plant-for-the-Planet Academy in Girona

70 boys and girls from the high schools of Girona, Sant Hilari Sacalm, Torroella de Montgrí and Llagostera participated in the Plant-for-the-Planet Academy, organized on June 23 at the Maristas School in Girona, within the framework of the 2011 IMPULSA Forum activities.

Felix Finkbeiner, who was one of the speakers featured at the Forum, which took place the previous day, appointed the young Catalans “ambassadors" of the organization Plant-for-the-Planet, with the mission of convincing the municipal authorities and adults in general of the need to plant trees to improve the environment and fight against climate change.

The young people learned how to mobilize the population for this cause, a task that  Felix has been teaching children around the world since, when he was only 9 years old, he created his organization Plant-for-the-Planet. 

Since then, hundreds of thousands of children from 91 countries have planted more than four million trees and have spread the message of the need to address the environmental challenges as global citizens. 

In February 2011, Felix explained his objective before the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The young Catalans planted a cedar at the Maristas School in Girona, and they also planted rosemary in pots, which they will transplant within a year.

The Plant-for-the-Planet session was attended by the secretary of education policy, LLuis Font, and the director of  Girona’s Territorial Services in the Education Department of the Government of Catalonia, Albert Bayot.

The Academy also had the collaboration of the  Exit Group, which provided monitors and educators to help the young people with the tree planting. The organization Accionatura together with the Education Department of the Government of Catalonia made a commitment to collaborate in the implementation of various actions in the coming months to ensure that the Academy will have continuity and succeed in expanding this initiative throughout Spain.

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