One School, One Tree, One Gift to Nature

Getting Started

While the big day for The Green Wave is 22 May, the planning for the big day happens throughout the year. It’s a very important component because it ensures you learn about biodiversity AND choose the right tree species, time and place to plant it, and acquire skills to care for the tree. Plus, with the right planning, you could coordinate your activities will those of other schools in your community or on the other side of the world!


    Welcome students! Join The Green Wave with your teacher, class or school club. It’s a fun and easy way to join other children and youth around the world in helping biodiversity. Plus, people around the world can view your school’s Green Wave tree on the Google map.

    Here’s what you can do: more »

    To print a copy of the instructions, click here


    Welcome teachers! The Green Wave campaign is an excellent opportunity to involve your students in a fun international environmental campaign. It’s a way to encourage students to learn about trees and biodiversity, to acquire event planning skills, and to work with members of the community, including government, business and media representatives. It’s also an opportunity to tell the world about your school’s biodiversity initiatives and to connect with like-minded teachers around the world.

    For more information on The Green Wave for teachers, go to the educators page.


    If you’re not a student or teacher, but still want to be part of The Green Wave, read on. There are lots of other ways to get involved. Here is what you can do more »

    To print a copy of the instructions, click here

    If you represent a government, help more children in more countries take part in The Green Wave

    • Help us translate the web pages into your language. We invite CBD National Focal Points to contact us at to discuss how we can go about this together.
    • Use your educational networks to tell schools in your country about The Green Wave.

    Please share your experience with The Green Wave. Send us your feedback.

    A single mature tree can absorb 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of air pollutants, including 1.8 kg (4 lbs) of ozone and 1.4 kg (3 lbs) of particulates!