I’m a 14-year-old homeschooler now in my Freshman year of high school. During an online class on persuasive writing almost 4 years ago, I chose the only topic that wasn’t boring - climate change and deforestation. I thoroughly researched and wrote an essay and submitted it to the teacher.
A few days later during homeschool, I watched some NAT GEO videos on climate change. Then, I listened to Greta Thunberg‘s speech at the United Nations. I knew she was in high school at the time and that she had done a lot to raise awareness about the climate change issue. But I still wondered how I could do anything.
And then I realized I could do so much more than just share the essay I'd written: I could work to help raise awareness with other students of all ages about the critical issue of climate change.
I took it upon myself to share the information I had learned with people my age. After all, had it not been for one random essay, I probably would've never really learned about Climate Change.
So, I started my trees4humans.com website around that goal. I have been expanding it ever since with
reviews of interesting websites and innovative projects all related to fighting climate change;
lots of Earth Day information and activities I've developed (with some help from my behind-the-scenes staff!);
FREE Earth Day and Climate Change personalized certificates and Earth Day Pledges to download and print when you share what action you took;
Kid Power ideas to get you started learning about the challenges of climate change and how you can make a difference in helping protect our planet regardless of your age;
updated information about renewable energy and recycling;
and my BLogs for Humans.
Why does all of this matter to kids?
It is our future and each of us can be a part of the 'ripple effect': Starting a chain of knowledge that stretches through all of our communities, no matter where we live.
Even a small change is better than none at all.
I hope you'll be a part of that change.
I’m still sending out my essay, hoping other kids will get involved. I’ve shared my essay with some environmental groups, too. And I created this website to get more kids involved in helping save our planet. It’s our future! This is a call to action: Share your thoughts, comments and ideas on climate change by sending me an email. A discussion by students for students on environmental issues critical to our generation can help educate and inform others and, perhaps, inspire them to take action.
Who's Who Behind the 'Curtain'
Founder of, and brain behind, www. trees4humans.com - Jackson Selby
Director of Social Media, Catering, Scheduling,Transportation and homeschooling parent - Blair Hope
Social Media Intern, Public Information Officer, Website Editor and homeschooling grandmother - Remy Agee