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More Trees!
04Oct
2011

Continuing our celebration of Wangari Maathai‘s work to increase tree planting, GreenHeroes shares some more opportunities for you to help the cause.

Arbopals is a virtual world for children complete with social networking, gaming and more, that teaches them about trees. Arbopals also plants real trees with various fees users pay to use the site, buy merchandise, etc. The President of Arbopals, Peter O’Brien, was inspired by Wangari Maathai’s work and wrote a guest post on our blog about her and his work for Arbopals.

Courtesy of John Bessai

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We learned about a great project that lets kids plant trees and fight global warming with the simple click of a mouse. Peter O’Brien is the President of Arbopals, a virtual tree-lover’s world for children aged 5-10. Like GreenHeroes.tv, Arbopals harnesses the power of the internet to connect people to the environment and help better its future.

For Peter and his team, solutions for global warming involve simple actions, like planting trees and cutting back in our daily lives. Need other ideas on working towards climate change solutions?

Join the discussion on our Talking Climate Change campaign page! Here, Peter describes how our own GreenHero Wangari Maathai has provided his Arbopals project with a major boost of inspiration to create a lasting legacy for our children.


By Peter O’Brien

"When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope," says Wangari Maathai, and her work has certainly helped inspire the seeds of peace and of hope in many countries around the world.

What I find particularly remarkable about her story is that she has overcome incredible personal, professional and political challenges – fundamental challenges that many of us never have to deal with – and remained steadfastly committed to her vision of a greener, healthier world.

Seeing the needs of the women in her native Kenya for such simple things as clean water, building material and healthy food, Maathai started with a simple idea: plant trees.

The Green Belt Movement, founded in 1977, has been responsible for the planting of over 40 million trees. Motivated by this, the United Nations established the Billion Tree Campaign, which has led to the planting of 10 billion trees world-wide! That is a powerful legacy, and a legacy that will have a positive influence for many decades to come.

As the President of Arbopals, the first virtual world for children based on international tree-planting, I find Maathai a constant source of energy and inspiration. Kids understand the importance of trees, and what I’ve tried to do is connect their natural areas of interest – computers and the environment – to help plant trees in 21 countries around the world.

I hope that more people come to know Wangari Maathai’s amazing work and are empowered by her story to do their own part in keeping the world a green and healthy place.

Become a member here! And don’t forget, when you subscribe to Arbopals, real trees get planted around the world.

– Peter O’Brien, President of Arbopals


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