OMG (One More Generation)

Earlier this month I was sitting in the beautiful wood-paneled Members’ Lounge of the famous Explorer’s Club in New York City after giving a presentation on agroterrorism at the Rethinking Animals Summit.  Sitting across the table from me were Carter and Olivia Ries.  As we enjoyed an excellent meal in this grand room they appeared relaxed and chatted amicably with the rest of the guests at the table.  Why wouldn’t they be relaxed in this setting?  Like Carter and Olivia, all of us were considered experts in our own respective fields.  The only difference between the two of them and the rest of us is that they are barely teenagers.

During the keynote address earlier that day Carter and Olivia had inspired everybody in the room with the story of how they had created One More Generation, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of endangered species, communities and the environment. They got busy trying to change the world when they were only 7 and 8 years old.

Check out what a couple of driven young people can do at their website www.onemoregeneration.org  I think you will be impressed.

Published by gafloryconsulting

Gary Flory is an independent adviser who has consulted, written guidance, conducted research and given presentations to national and international audiences on counter-agroterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, carcass disposal, One Health and foreign animal disease response. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has written for a number of journals including recent articles on counter-agroterrorism, the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases and biosurveillance for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He frequently shares his expertise at conferences and training events across the country and around the globe including recent events in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce. He was recently awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership on animal disease response and agroterrorism.

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