OMG: Doing Our Part Both Locally and Beyond
The following is written by Jim Ries, father of One More Generation (OMG) founders Carter and Olivia Ries. Visit OMG online >
Ever since we were down in the Gulf during the BP oil spill where we first learned about Plastic Pollution, OMG founders Olivia and Carter have been doing everything they can to share their knowledge on the issue of plastic pollution while trying to encourage others to get involved. The first thing they did was to form a coalition of like-minded organizations who are equally as passionate about seeking a solution. Our Plastic Awareness Coalition currently boasts over 70 local, national and even international members and the list keeps growing.
The next thing the kids did was to seek-out educators who could help them create a curriculum program that could be brought into elementary schools across the country. We successfully launched our Plastic and Recycling Awareness Week program last year and as the word gets out, we continually get schools from across the country that are interested in implementing the program for their students.
Beyond finding ways to reach out to help deliver educational programs to communities, OMG founders also realize the need for each and every one of us to get involved and that needs to start on a local level. OMG regularly participates in local community clean-up events. We realize that the first step to affecting change is by doing and Carter and Olivia are not shy about it. They love to get out into the community and join with others who also care about cleaning up our environment.
There is so much plastic trash in our landfills, waterways and oceans that it can never be removed. Plastic does not biodegrade so it is going to be here for hundreds of years. The only way any of us is ever going to make a difference for future generations is to get out there and start cleaning up the mess we created.Everyone needs to realize that not all plastic types are considered recyclable by most community recycling programs so we can make a concerted effort to avoid even bringing such items as Styrofoam into our homes. That is the first step towards change. The next thing we all need to do is to reduce our plastic output.
Simple things like no longer buying or using plastic water bottles or single use shopping bags will have an immediate positive impact on our community. The third step is to commit your self to trying to recycle 100% of all the trash we generate. Recycling is a great way to cut the amount of plastic trash that ends up in the environment. And finally, we all need to make an effort to educate others on the issue and to help everyone realize that we created the problem and only we can fix it. No one is exempt from this simple responsibility and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will see change.We hope that you agree with some if not all of our comments and that you too will soon join us during the next community event. Together, we can fix this problem but it is going to take all of us to do it together.
Thanks for caring from all of us at OMG 😉