Today’s Brilliance from Carter and Olivia Ries

We only have one shot at making our world the place we want it to be. To make it something we can be proud of and something we would proudly hand over to the next generation. It is time we all looked at our everyday life and asked ourselves, “What can I do today that will help the next generation so they can live the life I envision?”

Each one of us has the ability to better our world and it is our responsibility to strive to find solutions to the problems we inherit. We see so many opportunities to inspire the next generation of leaders so that they too can enjoy our world and all its splendor.

We believe that we are all stewards of His creations and we have the responsibility to care for ourselves, our environment and for each other. Approach each day as a new opportunity to make a difference. We should all realize our own personal talents and find ways to apply them to affect change.

Take the time to show others how important it is to get involved and then lead by example. Problems can seem overwhelming on the surface but if we all address them with a sense of commitment and purpose, we will quickly see that we are not alone and that together we have what it takes to change the world.

Dwelling on the “how did this happen” robs us of precious time that could be spent on creating the solution. Each one of us has the ability to envision the type of world and environment we would like to live in; it is within our reach to fulfill that vision.

“Anybody can make a difference… if we can, you can too.”

Ask yourself, “What would I like to see changed in my world?” and then ask yourself, “What can I do to make the change a reality?”

We care about our environment and about all the living creatures living in it. Seek ways to protect what we hold dear to us and ask others to do the same.

Think about others first (including all the animals) before we think about our own personal gain.

There is more to life than just yourself, try to see beyond the reflection in the mirror and look deeper and try to find a way to help those that are less fortunate. Anything is possible if you believe.

Carter and Olivia Ries

Carter (age 12) and his sister Olivia (age 11) were born in Fayetteville, GA back in 2001 and 2002 respectfully. The two are extremely passionate about trying to save animals and clean up our environment for at least One More Generation... and beyond. They started their own nonprofit One More Generation (OMG) back in 2009 in an effort to help teach others that we all are supposed to be stewards of God's creations and it is our responsibility to take care of all the animals and the environment. Carter and Olivia have traveled around the country and even to South Africa in an effort to spread their message to their peers and communities everywhere. They have been guest speakers at numerous events and have spoken to over 10,000 people since starting OMG. Their message is customized to their audience and they are frequently asked to speak at colleges, church groups and schools across the country in an effort to inspire more people to stand up and make a difference. Although their main focus started out to be just about trying to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species, they quickly learned that environmental issue such as plastic pollution was one of the largest environmental threats to people and animals around the world. They have since added various environmental education programs to their portfolio specializing in teaching communities how to better deal with the issue of plastic pollution. They even launched a weeklong Plastic and Recycling Awareness Curriculum which has been written to match several National and State curriculum Standards for science, literacy and even math. Carter and Olivia also continue to raise awareness about such animal conservation issues such as the poaching of rhino, the deforestation issues in such areas as Borneo and Sumatra which are pushing orangutans to the bring of extinction, and shark finning. Their goal is to try and inspire the next generation of leaders to act now before it is too late. Carter and Olivia's passion and commitment has been showcased on national TV and radio programs around the world and they hope to show everyone that "Anybody can make a difference... if they can, so can you".

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