The GoGreen Man Movement
(Children’s Forestry Project)
“One child; one tree; one year”
I.C.E.Y. - International Cooperation of Environmental Youth
Jonathan Lee, 12, is a young environmentalist who is the creator of GoGreen Man. He is working on starting a new environmental group for youth around the world called I.C.E.Y. - International Cooperation of Environmental Youth. I.C.E.Y.'s slogan is H.O.P.E. - Helping Our Polluted Earth.
Put together these two acronyms sound like "I see hope." As in, I see hope for the future. That's exactly what Jonathan says, he sees hope for the future of the world.
This summer, Jonathan Lee traveled in parts of Asia to promote I.C.E.Y. When he visited the Philippines, he met with CNN heroes and their pushcart school. Jonathan was also able to meet with the Mayor of Makati, Mr. Benai and asked for his support. Mayor Benai is one of the most respected politicians in the Philippines and Makati is considered the financial capital of the Philippines. Jonathan asked Mayor Benai if he would be a member of the I.C.E.Y. board in the Philippines and Mayor Benai accepted with pleasure.
Jonathan also traveled to Korea where he met with President Lee Myung Bak. President Bak and Jonathan talked about environmental issues while touring an environmental green growth museum in Seoul, South Korea.
During the August 15, 2009, 64th Korean Independence Day celebration, President Lee Myung-bak met with U.S. young environmental story writer, Jonathan Lee. The president invited Jonathan as a VIP guest to participate in the opening of the Green Growth Museum for Korea. They went into the museum to look and discuss the environment. Jonathan asked the president about the important of recycling. President Lee Myung-bak explained in detail about the importance of recycling and its effect on global warming.
Jonathan spoke at the 2009 Incheon Fair's Environmental Forum where he talked to them about I.C.E.Y. and seeing hope for the future.
People are wanting to be a part of I.C.E.Y. and requests have come in from the Philippines, Vietnam, Germany, Korea and the U.S. Jonathan is glad to see the support from around the world.
I.C.E.Y. was officially started in the U.S. on September 18, 2009 and branches are expected to open in South Korea and other countries in the future.
If you would like to join I.C.E.Y. or would like more information, please visit www.icey.or.kr. If you have questions for Jonathan, you may email him at email@example.com. If you have questions for his parents, you may mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan's Tree Planting Tips
The GoGreen Man Movement is a project that adopts the belief that U.S. elementary schools should maintain, or have nearby, tree nurseries. These nurseries would be for the purpose of educating and enlightening children in an effort to impress the importance and care of the environment by both children (students) and their parents.
In this project, school children gain hands on experience by planting and nurturing tree seedlings under the guidance of their teacher/s. The children would be critical participants in maintaining the tree nursery.
Once the seedlings have reached a sustainable maturity, they will be planted at home or on suitable land, having an agreement with the landowner.
The understanding of how to care for trees would be added as part of the school curriculum and would include, but is not limited to, games and environmental comics. These would highlight the importance of individual participation in environmental action.
International cooperation with similar schools around the world is encouraged in order to capitalize on the global aspect of environmental action.
Background Information / Problem
While there are many excellent programs in use to combat environmental problems, there do not seem to be any actively involving children. It is imperative to educate children in the importance of caring for the earth, for the sake of their future.
Jonathan Lee (GoGreen Man) has developed a keen interest in environmental activism. It is his desire to have children in the U.S. and around the world be made aware they need to do their part in cleaning up the environmental mess they will be, and have been, left with. It is his hope to have every child plant at least one tree every year to combat deforestation by natural and human causes. “One child; one tree; one year” is Jonathan’s GoGreen Man Movement slogan.
A pilot project in Mississippi, in cooperation and partnership with the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, could be the model for the rest of the United States. Upon successful implementation, the project could be expanded throughout the rest of the country.
Project Detail / Objectives
Involve children in environmental conservation efforts.
· Educate children in how to create a healthy environment.
· Provide educational instruction and materials for environmental education
· Enable hands on experience in an effort to entrench the knowledge gained in the educational instruction.
Involve teachers, parents and others in order for children to be active in their environmental role.
· Encourage and motivate teachers to impress on children the importance of tree planting and conservation.
· Inform and educate, where necessary, parents so they can encourage their children to be a part of the solution to environmental problems.
Adopt government policies that encourage and pave the way for the primary students’ roles in environmental conservation.
· Recognition by the government that children’s involvement in environmental matters is progressive and proactive.
· Encourage national and local politicians to create and enact laws that provide for tree conservation around the nation.
Where will they plant trees?
- School campuses
- City land (parks, green spaces)
- State land
- Federal land
- Private land (with cooperation and permission from the landowner)
- Their homes
- Areas damaged by hurricanes or other natural disasters (i.e., Hurricane Katrina – severely damaged the LA and MS Gulf Coast)
Why is this necessary?
According to Achim Steiner, the United Nations Environmental Program Executive Director,
"We have but a short time to avert damaging and economically debilitating climate change. The solutions are numerous and, as many economists say, affordable when compared with the costs of complacency. The goods and services provided by forests are worth billions if not trillions of dollars to the global economy. Forests are natural and economically important ‘sinks’, sequestrating carbon from the atmosphere and locking it away in trunks and branches. Globally, forest cover is at least one-third less than what it once was. It is time to reverse the trends, it is time to act."1 (emphasis added)
Jonathan Lee agrees with this belief. He has said that,
The most important thing is planting trees. Every time you plant a tree it sucks a lot of CO2 that cars emit and it gives us our oxygen that we breathe. That’s the main thing that I’m focusing on. …I go school to school to tell them that we can plant trees together. So each child can plant one tree per year.
What are the benefits?
There are too many benefits to this urban forestry project to list them all, but a few are:
- Environmental education
- Trees near houses create shade (energy reduction)
- Clean air (reduced CO2)
- Natural habitat for wildlife
- Aesthetically pleasing
What will be funded?
- Book publishing
- Educational materials
- Nursery equipment/materials fee
Detailed funding for the project will be discussed further with the various states’ Urban Forestry Councils.
We believe giving the children a chance to learn about trees and their impact on the environment through hands on training and experience will give them pride in their achievements. This is the true meaning of education.
Thank you for supporting this bill idea - the GoGreen Man Movement (Children’s Forestry Project). As Jonathan always says, “Let’s help save the world together!”
This idea was thought up by Jonathan. He was helped by his parents and the MS Urban Forestry Council. Thanks to them and the City of Ridgeland, MS.
Environmental Group and U.N.