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        Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill

        Olivia Bouler, an artist and a bird-lover, becomes aware of the BP oil spill off the Gulf coast and is disconsolate. But she comes up with the idea to offer her bird paintings for sale to raise money for Audubon’s efforts to clean the oiled birds. To everyone’s surprise, she raises $200,000. Olivia says, “You don’t have to do what I did, but everything that you do...COUNTS!” Teachers can help students to realize that they can do good using their individual talents and gifts that everyone has. From her understanding of the connection between using fossil fuels and environmental degradation, Olivia goes on to speak to her congressmen about supporting clean renewable energy—a good lesson for youth nationwide.

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