Little Mermaid Would Be Proud
Like most children, nine-year-old Olivia and her older brother Carter, 11, love animals. But unlike their peers, they aren’t wishing to be veterinarians some day, but working now to save the nearly 1,000 animals in danger of becoming extinct.
When they learned three years ago that many of the animals they were studying would soon disappear from the earth forever, it made their hearts ache. So much so that they started their own non-profit called One More Generation to ensure all endangered species survive at least one more generation and beyond. Their cause quickly encompassed protecting the animals’ habitats and they now focus their efforts on raising awareness of the havoc plastic pollution wreaks on the environment.
From land, trash like plastic bags, straws, and bottles may be carried to the ocean in rivers or sewage drains, swept from the beach by waves, or blown offshore by winds, according to the Sea Education Association. By most estimates, hundreds of millions of metric tons of plastic debris currently floats in the ocean. The plastic is fragmented into small pieces and scattered throughout the water.
Olivia and Carter have gained the commitment of 60 local, national and even international organizations to create the Plastic Awareness Coalition. They also developed a curriculum for elementary schools that gets kids and their families involved with learning about how plastics impact the environment. They’ve successfully implemented the program in several schools within their home state of Georgia and beyond, but their goal is to get it into every elementary school in the nation. We hope that with their help, and yours, the next generation can do even more to preserve and protect our Earth!