Published on May 11th, 2011 | by JulieG
SPOTLIGHT ON… Olivia Bouler
“Kids can change the world,” says 11-year-old Olivia Bouler. She’d know – she has raised 150K for the Audubon Society so far.
How’d she do it? By drawing pictures of birds.
Olivia and her family have always been connected with the environment, so when she heard about the tragic oil spill in the Gulf Coast, she knew she had to do something. She initially wrote to the Audubon Society offering to sell illustrations to help cut clean-up costs. “11 years old and willing to help,” she wrote in her letter. Word spread and a media storm ensued. Olivia has been featured on the BBC Radio, AOL News, the Guardian and more. She now gives her drawings to those who donate to the Audubon Society.
Olivia has been named Disney’s Friend for a Change, the ASPCA Kid of the Year, and the Dawn Jr. Wildlife Champion. She is also the author and illustrator of Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf. Proceeds go to the Audubon Society.
To learn more about Olivia’s story, visit Olivia’ site and like Save the Gulf: Olivia’s Birds on Facebook to see her latest drawings, updates and to get connected with other people ready to change the world.
“Anybody can do it. If I can, you can.”