Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – January 2013 – Olivia and Carter Ries

Olivia and Carter Ries, Amazing Animal Conservationists
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM writer



Quote of the Month

“Anyone can make a difference. If we can, you can too!”

-Carter (age 11) and Olivia (age 10) Ries, Amazing Animal Conservationists


Olivia and Carter Ries, Amazing Animal Conservationists

Imagine the world without panda bears, cheetahs, rhinos, and sea otters. The Earth wouldn’t be the same!

Carter, 11-years-old, and Olivia, 10-years-old, have been working hard for the last three years to help ensure that when we grow up and have families of our own, our children will get to see all of these endangered animals! They even have their own nonprofit organization, One More Generation, which serves to help endangered species.

Carter and Olivia have been working to save endangered animals since 2009.

Keep reading to find out about One More Generation, and see what you can do to help out endangered animals!


One More Generation and Beyond!

Carter and Olivia founded One More Generation (OMG) in 2009. After adopting cheetahs in South Africa for several years, the siblings found out that endangered species like the cheetah may not survive another generation. “I told my brother we had to do something,” Olivia said.

After repeatedly asking their parents for permission, OMG was born. “Our parents always tell kids that they too can make a difference in the world,” Olivia said. “They just have to work very hard at it and never give up.”

OMG is dedicated to saving endangered species and the environment. With the progress that OMG is making, and with help from readers like you, we can help all endangered species survive One More Generation, and beyond!


Saving the world one project at a time!

Carter and Olivia have done incredible work since founding OMG. They’ve traveled to South Africa with the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and got to feed their cheetahs, convinced a town in Georgia to stop hosting their annual Rattlesnake Roundup, and even delivered supplies to the Gulf to help the animals who were affected by the BP oil spill.  “It was great to see that all our supplies helped make a difference,” Carter said.

Olivia and Carter presented a large donation check to the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre, and to the founder, Ann Van Dyk!

The siblings also present to others on how to save the environment. In early November, they spoke at the College of Charleston South Carolina and the East Cooper Montessori Charter School.

One of the ongoing projects OMG has been working on is creating awareness about plastic pollution. “We generate so much plastic trash in America that we will never be able to recycle our way out of it,” Carter explained. “Less than 10% of shopping bags ever get recycled. That means the remaining 90% ends up in our environment where it will sit for over 500 years.”

Carter and Olivia were invited to tour the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa and speak about their Plastic Awareness Coalition. Board member Robyn Cant-Haylett (standing next to Carter) joined them!

To stop plastic pollution, recycle as much as possible! “We all need to recycle everything we can, and we need to find ways to reduce our dependency on items made of plastic,” said Carter.

Read more about plastic pollution at the One More Generation Website.


Rhino Letter Writing Campaign

OMG needs your help! They have recently partnered with Strategic Protection of Threatened Species (SPOTS) to raise awareness of the poaching problem in South Africa. OMG hopes to make sure that Rhino’s won’t go extinct. “Rhinos are being poached at a rate that will make them extinct in our lifetime,” said Olivia.

“Kids can help by writing letters or drawing pictures and sending them to us,” Carter said. If you are interested in writing a letter to help save Rhinos, address it to President Zuma of South Africa, so he and his government become involved in saving these animals!

The Ries presenting their rhino letter writing campaign to summer camp kids at The Cochran Mill Nature Center.

OMG is trying to collect 1,000 letters or drawings. These will be delivered to President Zuma in the spring of 2013!  “We hope to make him realize that kids and adults all over the world care about Rhinos, and that he needs to do something to protect these amazing animals,” Olivia said.

You can find examples of how to write your letter on OMG’s website.

Letters can be emailed to OMG at or mailed to the below address.

One More Generation
P.O. Box 143627
Fayetteville, GA 30214


Make a difference

Changing the world doesn’t have to be hard! You can start by following Carter and Olivia’s advice on recycling plastic, or participate in their rhino letter writing campaign!

“If you have a goal that you are really passionate about, research it,” Olivia said. “Tell someone who listen to you so they can help you get started. Then tell everyone about it!”

If you are doing something in your community to make a difference, let Amazing Kids know!


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