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On Earth Day, April 22, Rachael Paulson, children's author and founder of HOWGlobal (Hands on the World global), and I, did an event on recycling at my former school in Newark, NJ called Oliver Sreet School. The event was a presentation where Rachael discussed the inspiration behind her first book (which was followed by a sequel) called "Sir Johny's Recycling Adventure". After, she showed the kids how to recycle paper by hand. I never thoguht that recycling would lift the spirits of so many kids, but let me tell you, they all adored it! There were two sessions, each with about 200 kids. The first session began around 9:45 a.m., ending around 10:15, and the next started immediately after, ending around 10:50. The kids from the school all created a huge and beautiful mural for Rachael to bring to Africa and give to the underprivledged children there. (To finish reading the story, please click here!)
On April 17, at Hillside School's annual Forest Fest in Bridgewater, NJ, my Roots & Shoots partner, Sarah H., and I, did a fundraiser for the ACS (American Cetacean Society). I have always been passionate about wildlife. In fact, the animal that I find the most majestic, although all are incredible, is the Blue whale. So, this was a perfect opportunity to help out. Sarah made beautiful bracelets, and I made necklaces (made from clay) with the ACS logo on them. We also sold other items such as t-shirts... (To read about the rest of the event, please click here! :) )
It is believed that orangutans are the second only to humans in intelligence, they are very smart and clever animals! Their habitats are being threatened because rainforests in which they live are being destroyed. Living in the wild rainforests of islands Sumatra and Borneo their numbers are dwindeling. Scientists say that there are only 6,600 left in Sumatra, Indonesia and Borneo, Malaysia has only 49,600; which seems like a lot but it really isn't! The expansion of palm plantation is the primary cause for the dramatic decline of orangutans in these areas and this is a HUGE problem. We need to help conserve these poor animals before it is too late. They say that by 2023 the whole Orangutan population will be extinct, we cannot let this happen!! Please help the orangutans survive and get their habitat back!
Please sign the petition which is the next step to help preserve these magnificant animals!!!!! It'll only take a minute... please sign it...and pass it along. http://www.rainforest-rescue.org/protestaktion.php?id=514
There have been many horses killed over the course of many years, and each year over 100,000 are slaughtered. This is horrible and must be stopped! In South Florida, in Miami horses are being killed for their meat. Someone or group of people are going around in Florida killing innocent horses. They say it can cure medical problems and ease chemotherapy but I think they are just doing it to get their meat and sell it in the Black Market. Sources say that horse meat is very valuable and expensive. But, no matter what the case is it is wrong to kill these poor creatures. I personally love horses and would never consider killing them for their meat, that is disgusting and wrong! I used to ride horses for a couple of years and I think they are beautiful, strong, and majestic animals that should be treasured.
On Saturday, March 21st 2009, the annual “Forest fest” was held at Hillside Intermediate School in Bridgewater, NJ. Recognized by Dr. Jane Goodall herself as an accomplished Roots & Shoots school, it comes together every year to celebrate the environment, and its conservation. I did a fundraiser there for Orangutans, and enjoyed the atmosphere! My group and I raised a total of $47.50 in just two hours. I thought it was great. We will be continuing the fundraiser! We plan to continue it in front of Petsmart in Bridgewater, NJ when it gets a bit warmer (we don’t want to freeze!!) So, it was a great experience, and I even gave a speech (I thought I did pretty bad). It was definitely a day to remember.
David Couto is the publisher of these articles. Leader of BR Nature Roots & Shoots, he works with his group to make the world a better place for every living creature.
***The news on this page is not intended for children under the age of 14, and involves very sensitive issues***
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