Jonathan Lee, 12, is a young
environmentalist who is the creator of
He is working on starting a new environmental group for youth
around the world called I.C.E.Y. - International Cooperation of
Environmental Youth. I.C.E.Y.'s slogan is H.O.P.E. - Helping
Our Polluted Earth.
Put together these two acronyms sound
like "I see hope." As in, I see hope for the future.
That's exactly what Jonathan says, he sees hope for the future of
This summer, Jonathan Lee traveled in
parts of Asia to promote I.C.E.Y. When he visited the
Philippines, he met with CNN heroes and their pushcart school.
Jonathan was also able to meet with the Mayor of Makati, Mr. Benai
and asked for his support. Mayor Benai is one of the most
respected politicians in the Philippines and Makati is considered
the financial capital of the Philippines. Jonathan asked
Mayor Benai if he would be a member of the I.C.E.Y. board in the
Philippines and Mayor Benai accepted with pleasure.
Jonathan also traveled to Korea where
he met with President Lee Myung Bak. President Bak and
Jonathan talked about environmental issues while touring an
environmental green growth museum in Seoul, South Korea.
During the August 15, 2009, 64th
Korean Independence Day celebration, President Lee Myung-bak met
with U.S. young environmental story writer, Jonathan Lee. The
president invited Jonathan as a VIP guest to participate in the
opening of the Green Growth Museum for Korea. They went into the
museum to look and discuss the environment. Jonathan asked the
president about the important of recycling. President Lee
Myung-bak explained in detail about the importance of recycling
and its effect on global warming.
Jonathan spoke at the 2009 Incheon
Fair's Environmental Forum where he talked to them about I.C.E.Y.
and seeing hope for the future.
People are wanting to be a part of
I.C.E.Y. and requests have come in from the Philippines, Vietnam,
Germany, Korea and the U.S. Jonathan is glad to see the
support from around the world.
I.C.E.Y. was officially started in
the U.S. on September 18, 2009 and branches are expected to open
in South Korea and other countries in the future.
If you would like to join I.C.E.Y. or
would like more information, please visit