Amazing Kid: Aitan Grossman
Filed under: Amazing Kids
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
School: The Nueva School, Hillsborough, Calif.
Favorite Ice Cream: Häagen-Dazs Dulce De Leche and Ben & Jerry's Phish Food
Why Aitan is Amazing: After reading Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," Aitan grew concerned about the survival of our planet and worried that adults weren't taking seriously the impacts of global warming. So, at the age of 12, Aitan decided he had to do something about it; combining his love for music and the environment and wrote a song about the Earth, titled "100 Generations."
But that was just a start for this amazing kid: Aitan formed a band to record his song, then reached out to children in Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and North America to sing with him to help inspire others and raise awareness about global warming.
Aitan posted the song and lyrics on his website, KidEarth, so kids all over the world could find out about it and record their own versions. So far, he has posted versions from France, Taiwan, Venezuela, Botswana, Guatemala and Ethiopia, and expects to receive more. In fact, since the song's release for Earth Day 2009, the song has had more than 500,000 on the website, from 110 countries; the United Nations broadcast it to 5,000 youth leaders worldwide; and the song is now used as an environmental teaching tool by school districts across the U.S.
Profits from sales of "100 Generations," available on iTunes, go to environmental groups that fight global warming, including Friends of the Earth, the World Wildlife Fund and the Alliance for Climate Protection.
As for his future plans, Aitan tells ParentDish: "When I graduate from college, I don't know what the condition of the Earth will be -- it may already by too late -- but I will do whatever I can to help the Earth."
Recent Recognition: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Awards, 2010 Youth Leader; Friends of the Earth 2009 Green Initiative Youth Award; Action For Natural 2010 Eco-Hero Award; Acterra 2009 Climate Heroes Award
Aitan's Advice to Kids: If you want something done, find an innovative and creative way to do it and don't be afraid.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.