Saving the World One Drawing at a Time is the inspiration of Brenda Sherburn, a sculptor living in Fairfax. The idea behind her project is to have teens & children volunteer to make and donate drawings which are then auctioned with proceeds going towards the "wish lists" of various environmental organizations, and people engaged in trying to make a difference on the planet. Money raised is sent in support of a specifically chosen environmental project, which the kids designate from a list of those partnering with Saving the World One Drawing at a Time.
As Brenda explains: "As a teacher, I could not find easy ways for children and teens to volunteer for environmental causes. I thought there should be a website that connects the youth with organizations that need help. Providing something from a "wish list" for these organizations and individuals looked like an obtainable goal to me. So here I am giving it a try. If I can get 100 kids to auction off their artwork for as little as $10 each, that is $1000 towards some very needed wishes for an organization. Thus in our small way we can make an important contribution to these organizations, which do the much needed and difficult work to help save out planet."
There are ten great projects currently being supported from all over the world on the site. Each one of these projects has amazing stories to tell about the work they are doing. For example, every year from June through December, female hawksbill returns to the remote black sand beach of Kamehame in Hawaii to nest. About two months later, 80 percent of the eggs will hatch and the little hatchlings will make the life or death run to the sea. Unfortunately, few will survive to make it to the sea at all. They become tasty treats for mongooses, birds and other predators. In reality, approximately one percent actually survive to become reproducing adults. For the past ten years the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manage a small, poorly funded, volunteer turtle-monitoring program at Kamehame. The success of every hawksbill turtle nesting season depends on this program. Dedicated staff and volunteers monitor the nests day and night, record important data, and help keep predators at bay. The Hawksbill Turtle Project at Volcano National Park, Hawaii needs money for new tents, stoves, and camp gear. Will Seitz, the Director of the project tells us how his group of volunteers begin their work at two o'clock in the morning with flash lights, helping these little creatures make their way by tossing them into a safe-net on the ground and dragging the net into the sea.
Another interesting project in Brazil is about protecting mammal habitats. Carly Vynne tells a story about getting FIVE flat tires in 24 hours while traveling to the savanna area with her dog Mason. Mason sniffs out and locates scat from endangered species. Anteater, Armadillo, Jaguar, and the Maned Wolf are just a few of Mason’s talents. We can help Carly by raising $300 to buy seedlings to assist a local farmer to reforest an area to provide additional wildlife habitat. “We need to start planting in Nov-Dec because that is when the rains come.... I spend about $85/month on high quality food while in the field with my dog Mason.” We can help by paying for dog food for Mason. She did not ask for new tires but perhaps we should add them to her list.
Brenda recently meet with a group of 3rd & 4th graders at Marin Enrichment and they talked about Jodi and Denise’s Amphibian Projects in Vietnam & Panama. She told them about Denise explaining that seeing a Golden Frog in Panama is a symbol of good fortune. Jodi Rowley in Vietnam will actually give the kids who volunteer the dates that they sponsor for a survey and a follow-up report with photos of her survey and the kind of amphibians that she finds. The 25 young artists at Kentfield that participated drew beautiful frog drawings and we even got a salamander drawing! They will be posted and auctioned off to directly help Jodi & Denise’s work. If you have a...