In their 2015 State of the Planet address at City Hall today, the Plant-for-the-Planet Climate Justice Ambassadors addressed a crowd of about a hundred, describing our critical present moment, when we have to quickly change our ways and begin to abandon fossil fuels.
Hosted by CM Mike O’Brien, the kids were also joined by Rob Shirkey, founder of OurHorizon.org and one of the originators of the idea of gas pump “warming labels” to help overcome the problem of our daily-life disengagement from our relationship to carbon pollution and global warming.
Labeling gas pump nozzles “is just like labeling cigarettes,” according to 11-year-old Ambassador Stella, “but way better because gasoline poisons life all over the planet…If cigarettes were going to end the world, governments would label them or make them illegal. Why not label gasoline so people buy less?”
The Ambassadors also detailed the plan to get Washington state residents to plant 1 billion trees in coming years.
An inspiring time was had by all!