Empowering Youth Can Save Our Oceans
In Nov of 2016, One More Generation founders Olivia (14) and her brother Carter (16) launched their global OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign in an effort to help clean up our environment and educate people on the harms of using single use plastic straws.
Some interesting facts: Did you know that in America, we are using an estimated 500,000,000 plastic straws every single day? That is the equivalent to 1.6 straws for every man, woman and child living in this country every single day. If you were to take an entire day's worth of plastic straws, they would fill up over 127 school busses. That is like over 46,400 school buses full of one-time use plastic straws that are ending up in our landfills and waterways every year. Sick isn't it?
Since the launch of the campaign we have had over 3,000 people from over 46 countries around the world sign our on-line pledge form stating that “they promise not to use a single use plastic straw for at least 30-days”.
Almost 350 partners from around the world have also joined their OneLessStraw Partners Page and helped to share their initiative with their fans. We have had schools, restaurants, resorts and even zoos and aquariums sign-on showing their support for this important issue. If your organization would like to be listed as a partner, just email us your logo and website link you want associated with the logo for consideration. Olivia and Carter realized that reducing our plastic footprint could be very easy to do; we just need to say 'NO' to single-use plastics such as straws.
To encourage everyone to stop using single use plastic straws, we have partnered with the folks at Simply Straws, who has a great offer: they will send everyone who signs our OneLessStraw pledge a coupon for a free glass reusable drinking straw (excluding postage) to help them stay plastic straw free forever.
We are asking schools across the nation and even in select countries to have their students participate in the program. Schools signing on are listed as partners on our Partners Page and on our interactive Google map.
Students are then given the opportunity to sign the pledge stating they promise not to use a single plastic straw for at least 30-days. Students are also encouraged to speak with their favorite restaurant and ask them to participate by signing a pledge stating they promise to only hand out straws upon request for 30-days. We even have cool campaign buttons for servers to wear which helps explain the campaign to their customers. The buttons are FREE (just pay postage) and are now available in nine languages
If you have a school/district or restaurant you would like to speak with about taking the pledge, just email us (email@example.com) and we will help you work out the details.
The OneLessStraw.org website has lots of resources and a cool interactive Google map which will tracks the progress of the campaign around the country and even around the world.
The very first restaurant to join the campaign was North Beach Bar and Grill in Tybee Island GA and they are already reporting that their staff loves the idea and even the customers are gladly participating. Check out the testimonial they sent.
Message from Kathryn Williams:
The pins are a hit! Thank you again for including us in this project. Progress is being made - I had lunch with 7 people today at the Grill. Only 1 of the 8 asked for a straw and was then shamed by the rest of the group:)
As you can see, the campaign is designed to be fun and produce long-lasting results. We encourage everyone to download the pledge forms (also available in Spanish) from our website or complete the online version.
Thank you in advance for helping us make sure this campaign is a huge success by sharing with everyone you know and please be sure to email us your signed pledge form today.
“Remember, anybody can make a difference… if we can, you can too.”
After 3 and a half months of hard work and dedication, today we say goodbye to Antorcha, this Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) who, after suffering an electrocution, was left with all her left side paralyzed.
With medications, physical therapy, good nutrition and a lot of attention, Torch again had movements and today he is able to use the arm almost perfectly, he can walk, climb, grab what he likes with his hands, but his leg is still very weak and the possibility of one day returning to the forest is very small.
Even if his physical condition has improved, what worried us most in the last days was his emotional and psychological condition. The congos are very social animals and life in a group is essential for their well being, isolation can lead to a depression picture and for this reason we decided to move it to another center where there are other monkeys that like her, most likely will not return to nature, but they will be your new family.
We hope that the transition is smooth for her and that she can soon be happy and adapted to her new home and her new family.
Many thanks to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, who accepted to receive Antorcha and provide the quality of life necessary for their well-being, together with others of the same species.
Despues de 3 meses y medio de mucho esfuerzo y dedicación, hoy nos despedimos de Antorcha, esta Mona Aulladora (Alouatta palliata) que tras sufrir una eletrocución, quedó con todo su lado izquierdo paralizado. Con medicaciones, terapia física, buena alimentación y mucha atención, Antorcha volvió a tener movimientos y hoy es capaz de utilizar el brazo casi que perfectamente, puede caminar, escalar, agarrar lo que le guste con las manos, pero su pierna aun sigue muy débil y la posibilidad de que vuelva algun dia a el bosque es muy pequeña.
Aun que su condición física tenga mejorado, lo que más nos preocupava en los ultimos dias era su condición emocional y psicológica. Los congos son animales muy sociales y la vida en grupo es esencial para su bien estar, el aislamento se les puede llevar a un cuadro de depresión y por este motivo decidimos trasladarla a otro centro donde existen otros monos que como ella, muy probablemente no volveran a la naturaleza, pero van a ser su nueva familia.
Esperamos que la transición sea suave para ella y que pronto pueda estar feliz y adaptada a su nueva casa y su nueva familia.
Muchas gracias a Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, quienes aceptarón recibir a Antorcha y brindarle la calidad de vida necesaria para su bien estar, junto a otros de su misma espécie.
Kids from around the World are helping us save the rainforest.
The students from Primary 6 and 7 from Rasharkin Primary School, Northern Ireland 10 donated trees to our reforestation project in Costa Rica.
Read the lovely papers they wrote on Deforestation.
Follow their great example and help the rainforest.
Some very special visitors recently came to Kids Saving the Rainforest!
Jeff Corwin is a biologist and conservationist well-known for his tv
documentaries educating the public on wildlife. On December 8th he came to KSTR with his film crew for his weekly television show, Ocean Treks with
Jeff & his crew worked with Dra Sofia Bernal, our dedicated
veterinarian, and other members of our staff, filming in our clinic and
rescue center. The footage will be included in an upcoming episode of the
show, which airs on NBC.
They focused on our rescue and release efforts, and even accompanied Dra Bernal on the release of a Grey Crowned Squirrel Monkey named Cocorita!
Coco came to KSTR after a concerned citizen found a child holding her. She showed signs of neurological damage and possible head trauma, but following her rehabilitation and final health check was finally ready to return to the wild. Jeff & his crew were able to join Dra Bernal as Coco was reunited with her troop.
He also met Peanut. Orphaned when his mom was hit by a car in Costa Rica, now it’s been rescued by Kids Saving the Rainforest hopefully as it gets stronger, it will be released back into the rain forest where he belongs.
To learn more about Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin, you can visit http://www.littonweekendadventure.com/ocean-treks/
The Rainforest needs your help to stay alive, please help save it.
Donate to our Reforestation Project, Wildlife Rescue Center, Wildlife Sanctuary or Wildlife Bridge Program.
Every little bit counts!
The health of the animals resident in #KSTR is very important.
That is why we make semi-annual reviews and take the opportunity to take blood samples, deworm them and check their physical condition. In the photo you can see Dr. Sofia Bernal, reviewing the Mono Cara-blanca (Cebus imitator) Hugo, who has been anesthetized for this procedure.
Hugo is in very good physical condition, his teeth are in good condition and his hair is shiny and silky: this shows us that the well planned diet and the handling given to this animal works very well. Your blood tests are also within what is expected for a healthy monkey.
A malnourished and stressed animal would have physical signs easily detectable, such as low muscle mass, dry hair, dry and dehydrated skin and teeth in poor condition. This all can happen in captivity when the handling is not given properly.
At KSTR we have expert professionals to provide the best possible quality of life to the fauna protected by us. #HealthyAnimals #CapuchinMonkey #WildlifeExperts
La salud de los animales residentes en #KSTR es muy importante. Por esto hacemos revisiones semestrales y aprovechamos para tomarles muestras de sangre, desparasitarlos y chequear su condición física.
En la foto puedes ver la Dra. Sofia Bernal, revisando a el Mono Cara-blanca (Cebus imitator) Hugo, que ha sido anestesiado para este procedimiento. Hugo está en muy buena condición física, sus dientes están en buen estado y su pelo es brillante y sedoso: esto nos muestra que la dieta bien planeada y el manejo dado a este animal funciona muy bien.
Sus pruebas de sangre también estan adentro de lo esperado para un mono saludable. Un animal mal nutrido y estresado tendria señales físicos facilmente detectables, como poca masa muscular, pelos secos, piel seca y deshidratada y dientes en mal estado. Esto todo puede pasar en cautiverio cuando el manejo no se dá de forma adecuada.
En KSTR tenemos profesionales expertos para brindar la mejor calidad de vida posible a la fauna tutelada por nosotros.
#HealthyAnimals #CapuchinMonkey #WildlifeExperts
It's been 2 months since Antorcha arrived, on Costa Rica's Independence Day. There is much work being done with her by and she surprises us every day.
She has improved a lot and now she can spend some time outdoors enjoying the sun and the nice weather, while doing her daily physical therapy at the jungle gym.
Her favorite treat is used to stimulate her to move all around the place, she will do anything to have some apples!
She is gaining more strength everyday, balance and confidence. So far she is already able to climb by herself using the ropes and sticks but we are always with her in case she falls.
However, her left side needs to gain more coordination, she uses the hand very well but not the leg, her tail still healing from the burns and she lost a lot of muscle, so still a long way towards her complete rehabiltation.
Her resilience and willingness to live are very inspiring and we never will give up on her, she is a fighter!
Photo credits to intern Jen Nguyen
Actualización de Antorcha (recuerda su historia aquí https://www.facebook.com/KidsSavingtheRainforest/posts/10155158673513520 )
Han pasado 2 meses desde que llegó Antorcha, en el Día de la Independencia de Costa Rica. Se está haciendo mucho trabajo con ella en este momento y ella nos sorprende todos los días.
Ella ha mejorado mucho y ahora puede pasar un tiempo al aire libre disfrutando del sol y el buen tiempo, mientras realiza su fisioterapia diaria en el gimnasio de la jungla. Su golosina favorita se usa para estimularla a moverse por todo el lugar, ¡hará cualquier cosa para tener una manzana! De esta manera ella está día a día ganando más fuerza, equilibrio y confianza. Hasta ahora ella ya puede escalar por sí misma usando cuerdas y palos pero siempre estamos con ella en caso de que se caiga.
Sin embargo, su lado izquierdo necesita ganar más coordinación, usa la mano muy bien pero no la pierna, su cola todavía se está recuperando de las quemaduras y perdió mucho músculo, por lo que todavía queda un largo camino hacia su rehabilitación completa.
Su capacidad de recuperación y su voluntad de vivir son muy inspiradoras y nunca la abandonaremos, ¡es una luchadora!
Créditos fotográficos para la pasante Jen Nguyen
We're really excited to let you know that we're a part of the Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. It's a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Newman's Own Foundation where 501c3 organizations compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations.
It starts on November 21st and a total of $500,000 will be given away to organizations in the Challenge. We're ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $150,000 grand prize donation.
How You Can Help
Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a campaign for our cause and reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to that grand prize.
If for some reason you can't fundraise for our campaign, we'll reach out when the Challenge launches to ask you to give to our cause. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Kids Saving the Rainforest
White-faced or Capuchin Monkey of Costa Rica
The White-faced or Capuchin Monkey is also known for the common names of the White-headed Capuchin, the White-throated Capuchin and Carita Blanca in Spanish.
Capuchins are found in Central and South America. They cover an area from Honduras to Colombia and Ecuador. Capuchins inhabit deciduous forest, evergreen forest, wet and dry tropical forest, mangrove swamp and montane forest. Some of the places they can be observed in Costa Rica include Barra Honda National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, Children’s Eternal Rainforest and Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Mating & Reproduction
Mating season generally occurs from June to October in the rainy season. A male Capuchin will commonly mate with multiple females in a social group. Males copulate in a matter of minutes, but gestation lasts as long as 6 months. The female will then give birth to one individual and in some cases twins.
The young ride on their mother’s backs for about 6 weeks, and reach a state of independence by 3 months. The young do not wean, however, until 6 to 12 months. Many of the monkeys in the group take turns taking care of the young, and males engage in child rearing.
White-faced Monkeys are omnivorous. They consume mostly fruit, but they also eat insects, small vertebrates, leaves, flowers and nectar. They are arboreal and diurnal, and forage for their food in the forest canopy. They adapt to a variety of environments quickly, and it is believed by conservationists that they are more likely to survive habitat deforestation with greater success than some other species.
Females spend much of their lives in the same social group, but males will change their social group a number of times. In terms of hierarchy, males are dominant followed by females and children.
Capuchins are considered second only to Spider Monkeys in terms of intelligence among new world monkeys. They rub a number of plants into their fur to discourage insects such as ticks and mosquitos from feeding on their blood. They also use tools in defense and as a means to forage for food.
Where to see it in Costa Rica: Barra Honda National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Braulio Carrillo National Park
Diet: fruit, insects, small vertebrates, leaves, flowers, nectar
Migration Pattern: males migrate between social groups
Habitat: deciduous forest, evergreen forest, wet & dry forest, mangrove swamp, montane forest
Size: length=335-443 mm weight=3.9 kg tail=551 mm
Species: Cebus capucinus
You can help protect the Capuchin Monkey by supporting one of our Projects and planting trees.