Correspondence: Laurie McCarty 09.01.2010

Written by David Green.

After reading a recent Observer editorial about America’s addiction to oil, former resident Laurie Grieder McCarty thought about an acquaintance in Florida where she and her husband, Eric, live.

Eric met Richard Wainright about 10 years ago when he was asked to repair a fish pond. Eric went on to do other work over a period of months and the two families became acquainted.

Wainwright and his wife, Judy, started a writing contest that’s posted on their Like a Drop of Water website, (www.likeadropofwater.org). Students from around the world are invited to write essays listing ideas for reducing pollution and reversing climate change.

At least six winners are chosen each month for cash prizes.

“Like drops of water that make up the oceans, millions of people of all ages, can lead the way to creating the positive changes we need to create a sustainable planet,” Wainwright stated.

At first essays came mostly from the U.S., but now he’s heard from children in  countries including Mozambique, New Zealand, South Africa, Egypt, Brazil, Australia, Ecuador and China.

Laurie is a strong supporter of the project.

“It is crucial that we teach our children, and those who influence the next generation, the necessity to support changes that will preserve our planet,” she wrote.

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