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Profile Spotlight: Carter and Olivia Ries

Check out Carter and Oliva Ries, the 8 and 9-year-old founders of One More Generation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. Find out more at:

Who are you and what is your profession?
We are Carter (age 9.5) and Olivia (age 8) from Fayetteville GA and we are elementary students trying to make a difference. We love animals (all animals ;-) and it hurts our heart to see animals on the endangered list so we started our own nonprofit company.

Can you tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to make a difference in the world?
We have always been passionate about animals, I think we get that from our Mom. She can not pass a stray animal without stopping to try to help it, or even take it home. We currently have 5 cats, 2 dogs, and a hairless rat as house pets. We have had many other and when we get old enough, my sister and I will someday run the worlds largest animal sanctuary. Oh yeah, we also have two Cheetah's (in South Africa) which we adopt each year and a Whale Shark (in the GA Aquarium ;-)

We are inspired to making a difference because there are so many poor helpless animals who are dying because we keep taking their land or polluting the environment. If we don't stand up for their rights as one of Gods many creations, (as is man, although I think some people forgot about that), who will.

Who are your heroes?
First we would have to say, our parents because they are helping us do exactly what we want to do and we are now saving animals as we speak. Next I like Jack Hanna and my sister likes Jeff Corwin. We both like anyone who is as passionate about animals and the environment as we are.

What story do you want to tell on 10.10.10?
We both plan on telling as many people as possible on 10/10/10 that it is not too late to make a difference. I know most adults are busy with their jobs and kids and everything but that does not mean they have a right to ignore the problems we created. One of our Board members (Dr. Michael Black from GA State University) gave us an article the other day which we are sure most adults do not even know. It said "it is estimated that more than 1/3rd of the Earth’s animal species and almost 20% of the plant species face extinction by 2050 if we maintain our current greenhouse gas trajectory." (Source: Nature paper cited in Our Dad had to explain what all that meant but it is still scary. Anyway, we had a cool banner made up today with our logo and the number 350 and we will be waving this high this Saturday as we are on the State Capital in Atlanta during our event. Hopefully we get a chance to talk to lots of people.

Why is this important to you?
Unless someone starts caring soon, we will not have half of these animals left on this planet for our kids to see and that makes us cry. The planet will be so over populated and in such bad condition, that not even the people will have any fun any more, and we do not want to live like that. We want everyone to realize how bad the situation is and we also want to show everyone that "Anybody Can Make A Difference, If We Can, They Can Too".

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Comment by treemaker9 on November 10, 2010 at 3:56pm
You are very correct in all of your perceptions and about the need for all of us to join in making a difference. Thank you both (and your family) for your hard work and your vision in making the world a better, more biodiverse place.
Comment by Cari Ann Shim Sham* on October 10, 2010 at 4:55am
awww thanks for the love lee, we love you too! 3 hours and 5 minutes to go! :-)
Comment by Lee Mirrer on October 10, 2010 at 4:53am
i am so proud of my friend kyle ruddick for starting this project and seeing it through. i heard him on NPR this morning! i love you kyle and i love cari ann shim sham and pam and kevin! the world is such a beautiful place! Peace and Love to everybody!
Comment by Lee Mirrer on October 10, 2010 at 4:47am
you kid are wonderful and i hope you can influence others to be just like you. we need more young people with your way of thinking. you are doing the right thing and i applaud you! carry on!


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