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Friday, March 15, 2013

Inspirational Girls: Olivia Bouler

Olivia Bouler talking about her vision.

If you spend few minutes and listen to Olivia Bouler in the above video, you will instantly share her vision. Wishing to save the world is one thing, whereas acting towards this direction is totally different. Olivia Bouler made it clear when she carried out an exemplary project to save the birds in the Gulf Coast. Having spent most of her family holidays there, the twelve year-old girl was already familiar with that particular habitat. So she was shocked to learn about the disaster due to oil spill that took place in the area and couldn't cope with the fact that the birds were put in danger.

Olivia is an artist, a saxophone player, and aspires to become an ornithologist. In the Gulf Coast campaign she managed to bring together all her skills and efforts to make a statement and produce a wide impact. Olivia addressed her anxiety in the form of a letter to the National Audubon Society where she proposed to offer her original bird drawings in order to raise funds for the endangered birds. The phrase "11 years old and willing to help" used in her appeal bears a strong sentimental load, making it almost impossible for the environmental organization to refuse any involvement. I mean, who can say no to a kid's straightness and spontaneity? The National Audubon Society embraced the collaboration and Olivia's 500 paintings reached a remarkable economic milestone for the Gulf recovery. She also published a  book for children with bird illustrations titled Olivia's birds: Saving the Gulf and received many awards in the years that followed for her meaningful action as regards the conservation of natural ecosystems.

That said, I cannot imagine anything more inspirational than Olivia's targeted passion and so creatively implemented project.

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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