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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson


My two sons are now 9 and 12 years old. They talk about what they want to be when they grow up, including a pitcher on a major league baseball team. They talk about going camping with their kids at the campground where we go every summer. I love listening to their dreams and ideas for the future. I’m so curious about what, if anything, they say now will actually come true.

But the future is all doom and gloom according to the news. And according to those paying attention to global warming. Animals are dying. Droughts are longer and drier. The ocean is getting bigger and higher. I find it all scary and depressing. All of the news about the future makes me want to stick my head in the sand.

I can’t stick my head in the sand. I can’t give up. I can’t do nothing for the planet, for my kids, for your kids, for all of our kids, for the kids’ kids. I want to take action for future generations of people, animals, and plants. I have hope. I want to be part of the solution for our unhealthy planet. But I don’t want to do this alone.

So I have launched The Sun Rises project.

The Sun Rises project is a source of hope, inspiration, and actions you can take for a healthy planet for future generations. I’ll deliver positive stories and ways to get involved to your email inbox once a week. Subscribe to The Sun Rises and you will:

  • Watch stories like this about the kids who saved the parks.
  • Learn about projects like this that are mobilizing thousands of people around the world to clean up our planet.
  • Read stories like this that open eyes and hearts to different perspectives.
  • See how small actions like this can have large impact.
  • Join thousands of people for Coastal Cleanup Day and MLK Day of Service.

My goal is to make you feel more hopeful, more connected, and more engaged in the future we want to create for kids today and our kids’ kids. And our kids will know we rose up and took action on their behalf.

Welcome to The Sun Rises project. I’m glad you’re here.

~ Annie Burke




You can learn more about who I am and what I’ve done and how I think over on this website.

Ideas? Questions? I’d love to hear from you.

  • Email: annie @ anniesburke.com

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