The Green Teen Team was founded in May 2014 by H.S.H. Princess Theodora von Liechtenstein who is not only the founder but an active participant in the running of the foundation’s projects. Theodora believes that we can all make changes in our lives to help save the planet’s biodiversity, even children. Therefore the objective of the foundation is to empower children to be able to make changes to their lives, the lives of others and the life of the planet. We will do this by engaging children with nature via worldwide projects that connect with nature organisations, schools and social groups.
As you know our founding member, Theodora was 9 years old when she founded the Green Teen Team (GTT) to conserve biodiversity, and we intend to continue making GTT projects into, and through our teens, and even beyond! Theodora believes that we can all make changes in our lives to help save the planet’s biodiversity, even children. Therefore the objective of the foundation is to empower children to be able to make the changes to their lives, the lives of others and the life of the planet. We will do this by engaging children with nature via worldwide projects that connect conservation organisations, families, communities, schools and social groups.
GTT’s aims and objectives go towards helping regenerate the planet’s biodiversity through engaging young people in conservation projects and educational workshops and summer camps across the globe. The foundation is building an active, global community of environmentally engaged teenagers and young people, in a bid to create positive change at grassroots level.
The world’s environment is changing before our eyes and even in our short lifetimes. Only a hundred years ago people would not believe that the changes we see now would even happen. They believed the planet was indestructible, all kinds of harmful things have led to our planet reacting negatively and in various ways, from changes in weather patterns and ocean currents to global warming. These changes in the atmosphere affect the way the biosphere functions and the lives of many creatures and plants are threatened by such changes in the weather, and food chains can be badly affected just by the loss of one species.
The projects will be achieved through facilitation and funding of coordinated conservation initiatives, including strategic partnership alliances and directed conservation action. This will include support for ex-situ captive breeding and management programs both in-range and out-of-range, in-situ protection and management of native populations, field-based conservation biology and applied research, threatened status and regulatory needs determinations, protected areas evaluations and development, and capacity building and other conservation endeavours as needed.
The foundation supports educational programmes to connect local schools with local conservation organisations and help support their projects and engage young people in conservation. The network built, will connect teenagers around the world so they can learn about different cultures and different efforts to conserve biodiversity. Each project has an active community of members who are involved in the planning, building, data collection and caring of the animals or plants. Week long summer camps will also help inspire teens to take a role in protecting the environment by providing scientific workshops alongside drama classes and camping at the Green Teen Team project bases. As will writing and publishing books and other self managing activities.