Continuing a worldwide success: MIS’ alumnus Felix Finkbeiner and the Billion Trees Campaign

On Thursday, 9 March, Munich International School (MIS) alumnus Felix Finkbeiner’s Billion Tree Campaign successfully planted its 15th billionth tree (and counting). Students across the world have been part of this campaign since 2011, when it was given to Mr. Finkbeiner’s Plant-for-the Planet (PFTP)—an organisation that began when he planted his first tree on MIS’ campus in 2007. What began with one tree quickly grew into the Stop talking. Start planting! motto of PTFP, and the challenge that Mr. Felix Finkbeiner issued to the United Nations General Assembly when he met them in the spring of 2011.

To date, PFTP has planted over 15 billion trees worldwide, and secured funding for an additional 15 million. Mr. Finkbeiner has spoken at the United Nations and was named European of the Year in 2015, the same year he graduated from MIS. His organisation continues to inspire and motivate students with the Billion Trees Campaign of the United Nations Environment Programme.

MIS continues to support the PFTP and other environmental initiatives including hosting the Youth Climate Summit in November 2017, and receiving the ECO School in Europe / International Agenda 21 School award in November 2017.

To learn more about Felix Finkbeiner’s Plant-for-the-Planet, please visit

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