Fredericksburg, Va. (April 15, 2016) – “Anybody can make a difference . . . if we can, you can too.” That was the message that Carter and Olivia Ries conveyed at each of the six talks they gave to students and adults alike during their visit to Fredericksburg, Virginia, as part of Marstel-Day’s #StandwithWildlife campaign.
Carter and Olivia started One More Generation (OMG) in 2009, when they were eight- and seven-years-old, respectively, to “ensure the wellbeing of our planet for at least One More Generation . . . and beyond.” At the various schools, they discussed the devastating impact of plastic pollution on the environment and how students can help preserve habitat and wildlife for at least one more generation.
Marstel-Day CEO Rebecca Rubin wanted to ensure that the OMG message reached a broad audience and that local students would get an opportunity to learn about the work that OMG was doing. As a result, Marstel-Day coordinated visits to two Courtland High School, Riverbend High School), Hugh Mercer Elementary School, and the Stafford Junction Brain Builders program at Ferry Farm Elementary School.
By the end of their three-day visit, Olivia and Carter had spoken to over 1,200 students ranging from kindergartners to seniors in high school, as well as professionals and community members. They shared how their concern over the plight of endangered species inspired them to start OMG, and how they did not let age stop them from pursuing this goal. Olivia and Carter highlighted issues such as plastics pollution, specifically straws and plastic bags, and other threats facing endangered species.
Marstel-Day’s #StandwithWildlife speaker series spotlights issues facing wildlife today and what individuals can do to help and when possible, partners with local schools.
Click Here to watch videos of past #StandWithWildlife campaign presentations on conservation topics that include the illegal wildlife trade, plastics polluting the oceans, and reconnecting children with nature.