May 2013, Felix was in Nice, France, to ask officially to the city to start a planting program and become the « greener city in France ». Motivated, the Côte d’Azur has already started to plant!
October, Tuesday the 8th 2013, 55 children from the Du Château school and International school of Nice have had the great opportunity to participate to the 1st Plant-for-the-Planet Academy in Nice. All classes have been welcome in the beautiful congress palace of Nice Acropolis and supported by Symantec Ltd, the world leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions, who decided to sponsor this memorable event.
Darren Thompson, CTO & Head of Enterprise Marketing EMEA of Symantec opened the ceremony and explained to the students his meeting with Felix at the Academy of Barcelona one year before. From this discussion he remembered how Felix was encouraging children to take the responsibility for their future “because adults cannot be trusted”. He added: “This is a great opportunity for you, please learn the most of this academy and enjoy every activity of this wonderful day”.
We also had the great gift to have Cécilia and Jeanne as our French speaking ambassadors. They travelled from Munich just to explain the young Niçois why it was urgent to take care of our nature and how they could act to counter the global warming to prevent Nice from disappearing under the Mediterranean Sea as much as all the other countries on the globe.
Through questions, debates and game activities, the 55 students discovered how the global disparities were leading to the current “climate injustice”. Who has the biggest negative impact on the Earth? What to do to reduce it at its maximum and make sure everybody benefits of it?
Let’s express ourselves! We continued with an exciting rhetoric exercise. Everybody got the chance to learn how to speak in public in a clear and powerful way, how to remain positive and confident in every situation, how to give and receive advices from others. The best way to express back what Cécilia and Jeanne explained us!
The afternoon has been all about planting. While the eldest were participating to the symbolic plantation of an enormous and beautiful palm tree in the “Théâtre de Verdure” in front of the Mediterranean Sea, the youngest ones were patiently waiting for their late bus to bring them directly to the Mont Boron park and start planting themselves! We all gathered in Mont Boron and joined happily Marc and his team from the town hall of Nice to plant the 68 one year old Carob trees that they had carefully raised from the carob seeds of the park trees.
Every step of the plantation process has been explained so that every one of us could trustfully plant one’s own tree. Even Darren joined to the action!
Once done, we all went back to Nice Acropolis. The youngest had the time to come back earlier and think of what they could initiate a planting scheme, while the others will continue the action plan with their enthusiast and supportive teachers.
Each child received his/her certificate and book and left as fast as possible to be on time for the end of the school day. We all finished the day with tons of beautiful images and memories and the wish to go back to the Mont Boron park to check how the little Carob trees are growing!
A special thank you to Claudia van’t Hullenaar for organizing the event from Symantec side and for her dynamic support all day long. Our deep thanks to Sabrina Volle from the Tourism and Congress Office of Nice for her precious organization help, and a great thank you to the city Nice for its implication. We all wish to continue and complete this ‘greener city of France’ objective!
Please find more pictures from the Academy on Flickr
Fire in Ghana under controlFor a very long time, we have been able to keep fires away. Warning systems and preventive protective measures are constantly helping us to…
Delegation from Plant-for-the-Planet at the COP15 in Montréal, CanadaThe 15th Conference of Parties for biodiversity meeting takes place in Canada’s lovely French city of Montréal from December 7 through December 19. About…
New member for our Educational Advisory Board: Waldo Soto BrunaWe are very happy to welcome a new member to our Educational Advisory Board: Waldo Soto Bruna. Among other things, Waldo is the Co-Founder…
This is our Global Board 2022/2023The Global Board is one essential part of Plant-for-the-Planet’s democratic structure and it’s elected once a year. We are very happy to welcome 12…
Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project: Restoring Ecosystems in Uganda and Harmony Between Wild Chimpanzees and Local CommunitiesLoss of forest cover and biodiversity can often bring conflict between humans and wildlife if left unaddressed. This is the case in Western Uganda…
Plant-for-the-Planet Platform: Who decides who gets to join?Many of the updates and changes we make are immediately visible on the platform, and you can spot them on our website or the…