Olivia, 11 years old, raises money for wildlife affected by BP oil spill
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is devastating beaches, wildlife, and the fishing industry. The spill is also being described as the worst ecological disaster to hit the area and countless questions are still left unanswered. How much oil has been released into the environment? What are the long-term consequences of this disaster? And most importantly what can we do to make a difference?
Children and adults can help save the wildlife and clean up the oil spill by donating time and money to the disaster. Thousands of volunteers are currently involved in cleaning up the beaches. If you are able to volunteer your time or make a donation, please visit "Where to Volunteer, How to Donate, and How to Report Incidents."
After hearing about the how the oil spill can harm wildlife, fifth-grader Olivia Bouler of Islip, New York wrote a letter to the National Audubon Society and volunteered to sell her paintings of birds in order to raise money to protect animals affected by the oil spill. In a little over a month, Olivia has raised over $100,000 by selling 500 illustrations. You can read more about Olivia and the National Audubon Society at Olivia’s Help the Gulf Region Wildlife Project.
Aside from volunteering and collecting donations, this ecological disaster allows the opportunity for children and adults to learn more about protecting our environment. To learn how to talk to your child about the oil spill, please visit the Philadelphia Green Parenting Examiner’s article on "How to Help the Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up Efforts."
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