Trees for goals: the teenager playing to end deforestation

(EurActiv, 2 Oct 2019) Lesein, a 15-year-old Kenyan, is one of the thousands of youngsters around the globe who have joined Greta Thunberg in her fight against climate change. He has been planting trees for every goal he scores since 2018, as his way of contributing to the fight.

Lesein uses football and social media to raise awareness of deforestation and climate change.

“I learnt about deforestation and climate change with sadness and started planting trees for every goal I score as I am a football player,” the teenager said in a statement after running second in the Green Kids Award in Kenya.

The young player has tied his passion for sports to his determination to fight deforestation. “Everyone should do their little thing and mine is planting and playing football,” he said in a post on his Instagram account.

Lesein wishes to see his project replicated in other areas of Kenya and beyond and encourages his school mates, as well as the members of his team, to follow him and plant trees too.

He is using his social media channels to raise awareness on climate change too. Lesein promotes the use of reusable materials and phasing out single-use plastics and advocates for a change in politics to better protect the environment.

UN Youth Climate Summit

Last week, the UN hosted a global summit on climate change in New York and one of the star speakers was Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish activist who has been mobilising people to strike for the climate for months.

On Saturday (21 September), the UN brought together young activist driving climate action around the world to showcase their solutions, exchange experiences and have the chance to engage with decision-makers.

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EurActiv, 2 Oct 2019: Trees for goals: the teenager playing to end deforestation