"I believe it will be our youth that will actively lead us in the quest to find real solutions toward saving the environment," states David Leonhardt, Owner/Founder of GlassDharma. His idea to manufacture glass drinking straws, a product that has become a "teaching tool" toward reusable choices vs. single use plastic options began in 2007. The GlassDharma message of choosing to re-use everyday items is but one small component in an even bigger equation. The successful development of ideas and actions are going to take time to have the lasting impact needed for an environmental recovery to take hold.
|Olivia and Carter 2010|
Meet two elementary students from Fayetteville, GA who decided to make a difference when they learned about Cheetahs becoming extinct. Carter (now 11.5) and his Sister Olivia (now 10) are both extremely passionate about animals and conservation. They are the Founders of One More Generation. Olivia and Carter have been adopting Cheetahs in South Africa over the past few years. They started their own nonprofit in an effort to help educate kids and adults about the plight of endangered species so they can save them for at least "One More Generation"…
Shortly after starting their organization, the Gulf oil spill occurred April 2010). Olivia and Carter decided to contact the four largest agencies involved with the animal rescue efforts. Each of the agencies gave them a list of badly needed animal rescue supplies. The two kids spent the next four months going from church to church, and from school to school giving presentations and asking for help collecting the supplies. They personally delivered the supplies to the Gulf region and worked with the Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Center.
The Veterinarian on staff asked Carter and Olivia what they were doing about the environment. The kids thought that their work towards saving endangered species and helping out during the oil spill was enough to make the difference, but quickly changed their minds once they learned that rescuing animals only to return them to an endangered environment would negate many of their efforts. The Veterinarian continued to explain that the oil spills are one one danger, but an even more dangerous and growing problem exists that affects the survival rate of all living things - Plastic! The children learned more about how plastic pollution pollutes our oceans and were told how many of the rescued sea turtles and sea birds would ultimately die from entanglement or from ingesting plastic.
In February of 2011, OMG launched a new campaign, Plastic Awareness Coalition because of discoveries about the impact of our Planet's plastics problems. Soon after, the Plastic Awareness Curriculum was developed and implemented to be an important science component in the public school system. The weeklong curriculum, first tested in Carter and Olivia's school, was a huge success with students, parents and teachers learning about solutions to the problematic impact of plastics in our world. Olivia and Carter have since hosted the program to various schools and organizations across the country. Their goal is to get the Plastic Awareness Week curriculum in every elementary school in the US. The 5-Gyres Institute has joined the Plastic Awareness Coalition and together, they are now working on ways to help each other spread the word and help kids (and their families) learn how they too can be ‘The Solution to Plastic Pollution’.
GlassDharma straws made their way to Carter and Olivia who quickly recognized how this small product might lead others to choose sustainable choices on a daily basis. They each have their own decorative dots glass straw and a hemp sleeve carrying case that they pack for on the go.
|Carter and Olivia - 2012|
Olivia and Carter would love to invite your help on a current project to save the Rhinos! They are actively seeking 1,000 kids from all over the world to send letters addressed to the President of South Africa asking him to get more involved with stopping the poaching of Rhino's for their horn. Unless the South African government quickly gets involved, the Rhino species is guaranteed to go extinct in our lifetime.
Yes, change is in the air... and it will mean a healthy place to call home, for "One More Generation"... and beyond.....
Please check out the One More Generation website for detailed information and updates on the activities of Carter and Olivia. You can learn more about their projects by calling 678-491-6222 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org