This week the Climate Community Citizen of the Week Award goes to an amazing young (15 yr old) woman – Laura Webber.
Laura – who will be a junior at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco this fall is the founder of the 4-H Million Trees project. As Laura describes below, she founded the program after seeing the movie An Inconvenient Truth – realizing that Trees are a critical part of our fight against climate change.
Please watch the video and then go to the 4-H web site – this is truly an amazing young person!
Congratulations to Laura!
“The 4-H Million Trees Project (4HMT) is an environmental service-learning project in which 4-Hers from across the continent team together to reach the goal of planting 1 million trees. The project started in 2007 as a small seedling of an idea, and quickly grew into the international project it is today. Planting trees is a simple task, but it seems the perfect way for a united 4-H youth to address global climate change.
4HMT is not only about fighting global climate change. It is important for all youth to know the difference they can make personally in their communities, and this project absolutely allows 4-Hers to exercise their ability to make a change in their world. This can be simply by planting a tree and the understanding the impact they make with this small act, or by taking up a leadership role in their club, county, or state and promoting the project in their community. As they plant, the youth learn the importance of trees in the balance of nature, the dangers of deforestation, and their role to maintain and improve the planet they have inherited. Through 4HMT, we hope that youth adopt a life-long belief in environmental stewardship.
To date, 4-H Million Trees Project has inspired 24,000 4-H youth in 42 states and provinces to plant 68,000 trees. If you would like to learn more about our efforts, please visit us at www.4hmilliontrees.org.” (Laura)