Hats off to EnviroKidz! Every time you buy one of Nature’s Path’s EnviroKidz products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation, and environmental education for kids worldwide. To date, we have raised over $1.6 million to help our partnering organizations with their educational and protection efforts! We are so proud to be an EnviroKidz partner!
Our partners at EnviroKidz and Natures Path Foods are celebrating Earth Month with LCF! Check out their blog and Facebook page to learn more about their mission and products, and lemurs!
This Earth Month, we’re getting to know our EnviroKidz partners a bit better. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do!
Have you ever partied with a lemur? Spencer has, and by all accounts, the rest of us are missing out! The highlight of young Spencer’s Party with a Purpose was spending the day seeing lemurs in action in their forested enclosures at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve in Florida. As part of an awareness and fundraising project, the lemur reserve, run by EnviroKidz partner the Lemur Conservation Foundation, hosted a birthday party fro Spencer where kids were encouraged to bring donations and supplies for the lemurs rather than gifts, and party guests enjoy lemur themed games…
With over a hundred species known to us so far, lemurs range in size from just one ounce to 26 pounds. Don’t let the many varieties fool you though: lemurs are considered the most endangered primates (yes, they’re our relatives!) on earth. In the wild, they live exclusively on the island of Madagascar, where their treetop homes are disappearing quickly. The Lemur Conservation Foundation works hard both at their reserve in the United States and with partner organizations on the ground in Madagascar using art, education, and conservation to save these cute critters.
For half a decade, EnviroKidz has partnered with the Foundation, inspiring people through art and education to create an emotional connection with nature. 90% of the plants and animals in Madagascar exist nowhere else on earth. As rich as it is in biodiversity, it’s also one of the poorest countries in the world. Lemurs, some of whom never step foot on the ground, are losing their habitat to locals with their backs against the wall, who are often driven to cut down trees for fuel or agriculture. To add insult to injury, lemurs sometimes arouse superstition rather than good will (sighting the friendly but bizarre-looking Aye-Aye, for example, is considered a bad omen).
We’re especially proud of the beautiful children’s books our funding has helped create. The Ako project is a six book series with vivid illustrations, each telling the tale of a different species of lemur as they negotiate the joys and perils of life above land. The books are in every k-4 classroom in Madagascar, and have been translated into English and Chinese for use in schools worldwide.
The Foundation helps kids bring their eco-friendly perspectives into adulthood with post-secondary education programs both in Madagascar and the U.S., and they are proud to report that alumni of their programs go on to become community leaders, sometimes sharing their teachings in the classroom, or going on to become high-ranking members of Madagascar’s ministry of education.
These island-dwelling creatures may feel remote, but even our smallest decisions can have an impact on the health of our global ecosystem, from turning off the water when we brush our teeth, to steering clear of paper cups and plastic bags. To quote Zoe, another inspirational pint-sized lemur-lover, in her recent letter to President Obama, “We all have a role in helping the animals, and that includes you.”
Learn more about LCF on our website at www.lemurreserve.org