The Audubon Society loved Olivia’s idea! She started painting right away, and also established a “Save The Gulf” Facebook initiative. Donations began pouring in. Starting with one simple idea and a handful of paintings, Olivia was eventually able to raise more than $200,000! After that, Olivia wrote and illustrated a book called “Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf," in which she shared her extensive knowledge about birds. A portion of the proceeds benefit Audubon's efforts to clean up the Gulf Coast.
Olivia’s accomplishment was recognized throughout the media by The Today Show, CNN, People Magazine, The Disney Channel, BBC radio, Scholastic, American Girl Magazine, and many more. She has been honored with the Youth Leadership Award, the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, and the ASPCA Humane Award. Her talent in art has also earned recognitions such as the Audubon Artist Inspiring Conservation Award and being named as an AOL Artist. Youth Service America included Olivia in its list of the 25 most powerful and influential young people in the world!
Now 16, Olivia is still a passionate champion of the earth. And, it probably won’t surprise you that she aspires to be an ornithologist (bird scientist) when she grows up!
Says Olivia: “Everyone, at any age, can do something, whether it is picking up trash along the side of the road, filling a bird feeder, or bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. For me, I used my artwork. Find your cause and use your talents. The quality of our world is counting on you.”
As we celebrate Earth Day this month, think about what you can do for the environment. Every little bit helps!
You can learn more about Olivia at http://www.oliviabouler.net.
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