Environmental protection – why we should think and talk like kids

Everyone on this planet knows about the importance of environmental protection. And everyone knows that we have to protect the earth before it gets destroyed by the human race. But ironically, only a few talk about environmental protection in public. If nobody talks about this topic, then nobody will discuss it. As a result, no solutions will be found to solve this global issue. But luckily, there are some people who still care about environmental protection and are popularizing it: kids.

Kids recognize the issue and try to solve it with their own resources. They talk about environmental protection to adults and motivate them to take action. But is anyone listening to the calls of these children? Does anyone understand their cry for help is because their future is in danger? If people have not yet realized that they should start thinking about the future of their children and their children’s children, then now is the time to do so.

women on a white board with notes

It’s just a theory, isn’t it?

For adults, environmental protection is a very theoretical topic. Why? Well, this is quite easy to answer: because it does not concern them. Their future is safe. Earth will not change within the next 40 or 50 years. But it will change after that. And adults are aware of it. They hold and attend conferences about climate change. Various experts even deliver speeches with facts on the issue. But neither the media nor the vast majority of people knows much about climate change. Even politicians would rather concentrate on other “more important topics”.

So environmental protection remains a small topic within the adult world. It’s an underdog, set aside for the future – when it may be too late. By then, people who care about it now will say; “We told you so!” But there will be no one left to say this to.

little girl steps on stage

Live for the future

If you look at how children approach environmental protection, you will find that it is quite different from adults. Children talk about it in school, they do projects, and they take the stage and make speeches, sometimes wiser than an adult. Maybe that’s because they see things with a “child’s eye” – very simple and clear. And they believe in the fact that there is a solution to everything.

Children’s speeches have reached the world. Yes, most likely because the speeches are made by children. But if it takes a child to get the message across, then why not?

severn cullis-suzuki during a speech

Severn Cullis-Suzuki during a speech in 2006. Originator: Nick Wiebe*

Listen to their words

„If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.“ – Severn Cullis-Suzuki was only twelve years old when she made this statement to a crowd of adults at the first earth summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. And did people stop breaking the environment? They heard her then, but did they understand her? Because if you listen to her speech today, you will realize that it is still applicable.

But Severn didn’t stop there. During her speech, she said yet another powerful sentence, touching everyone in the room: “In my life, I have seen great herds of wild animals, jungles, and rainforests full of birds and butterflies. But now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.“

Meanwhile, Severn has two sons. Yes, there are still wild animals, jungles, and rainforests. But they sure don’t look the same as they did in 1992. So Severn kept fighting. Today she is one of the few adults who are fighting with our children for a future with wild, beautiful nature.

Felix Finkbeiner in front of trees

Felix Finkbeiner now at the Plant-for-the-Planet Yucatán Reforestation Project in Mexico. Originator: Victoria.Kolbert**

Support their movements

Another impressing young person is Felix Finkbeiner. He has always been interested in how humans treated the environment. And at the age of only nine, he decided to do something for environmental protection. Felix founded “plant-for-the-planet”, an organization that wants to plant as many trees in the world as possible.

The first goal of one million trees was reached after three years. So far they have planted billions of trees and are planning on reaching the new goal of one trillion trees. They want to save our forests, our nature, and our world, similar to TreeCoin.
This young nine-year-old boy was able to create something adults were only talking about. It proves that children have more power than we think. This is something we should definitely support. Isn’t it?

In 2013, Felix made a very powerful remark in a speech: “During their time, Sophie and Hans Scholl utilized the resources at their disposal, such as pamphlets, to describe injustice as injustice. And just as the dictatorship was not an irreversible natural disaster back then, the problems we have today are also man-made and can be solved. The justice crisis, the climate crisis, the financial system. But we have a big advantage over the people of those days: the Internet. We can use it to network and find better solutions together.“

So why not raise our voices with the help of the medium we use daily? Why not make a change in the medium where opinions get formed, news spread, and movements started? It would be a big step toward big change.

Birke Baehr during his TedX talk

Birke Baehr during his TedX speech in 2013. Originator:Flickr/cheeseslave***

Do it like them

Although kids should learn from adults – how to behave, talk, and act – adults could learn from kids too. Another good example to follow is young Birke Baehr.

At the age of eleven, he stepped on TedX’ stage as one of their youngest speakers ever. He called the food industry a fake world, saying organic food isn’t always organic, animals don’t really live on a huge meadow under the blue sky, and the things bought are neither good for us humans nor for the planet.

Remember, he realized this at the age of only eleven! And he depicted a very simple way to stop this: “Next time you’re at the grocery store, think local, choose organic and know your farmer and your food!“ It’s this easy, isn’t it? Again, sometimes this simple and childy way of seeing things is what we need to do.

girl running through a field

What we could learn from those kids

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Felix Finkbeiner, and Birke Baehr – those are just a few names of the many children who are trying to save the world by talking, acting, and standing up for mother nature. So maybe we should consider them as leaders and change our behaviors. Maybe we should look at things the way they do. And maybe we should not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. Nothing is impossible or too difficult to do.

We at TreeCoin hear the children’s calls. We understand the problem and try to contribute to its improvement through our project; the TreeCoin project. Join our mission, plant some trees with us, and spread the message for a better future and an even better example to the children.

*Picture License:“Creative Commons” by Nick Wiebe. License: CC BY 2.5
**Picture License: “Creative Commons” by Victoria Kolbert. License: CC BY-SA 4.0
***Picture License: “Creative Commons” by cheeseslave. License: CC BY 2.0

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