Monday, December 10, 2012

Endangered Species Monday - Saving rhinos one letter at a time

I am a firm believer that the fate of our planet is in the hands of our children. My generation is trying to right the wrongs of my parents generation, but there isn't enough time to do it all. Today's children have the power and the desire to save this world and change things for the better. The more issues about conservation, wildlife poaching, and global warming that make the news and social media outlets, the more children become aware of what must be done.

Since my son decided to raise money for the tigers, in lieu of his birthday a few months ago, I have become more aware of other children making a difference too. Children are fearless and believe that they can take on anyone - even the President.

I came across an article today while reading Mother Nature Network that touched me and I was shocked that I hadn't heard about this before. After doing some further reading, I realized that the campaign started shortly after my son was raising money for the tigers. Maybe I was so caught up in tigers at the time that I didn't notice the work Carter and Olivia Ries of One More Generation (OMG) were doing for the rhinos.

This brother and sister duo have teamed up with SPOTS (Strategic Protection of Threatened Species) and set a goal to collect 1,000 letters and or drawings addressed to South African President Jacob Zuma. How inspirational is that? And what a great way to get people of all ages from all over the world involved in saving the rhinos from extinction. Carter and Olivia plan on personally delivering the letters to President Zuma when they visit South Africa in 2013. The idea is to show him and his staff how much we in America (and all over the world) care for these animals.

Your letter can be as long or as short as you like. Maybe you want to draw a picture or send a photograph showing how beautiful rhinos are. If you can't think of what to say, you can use one of the form letters on the One More Generation website.
Instructions on where to send your letters are detailed in the post Dear President Zuma, or you can even email your letter to

Dylan and I will be writing two letters this week to help Carter and Olivia reach their goal of 1,000 letters and I ask you to do the same.

Make it a Christmas gift to the rhinos - the gift of your time to write a letter could save hundreds if not thousands of rhinos. Everyone can make a difference.

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