"Give a hoot, don't pollute!" That was the catch phrase of Woodsy Owl, an environmental icon, created for the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1970 for the first Earth Day.
Woodsy was created to teach kids and their families about protecting the environment. Forty years later, Woodsy's message of taking personal responsibility for protecting the environment still rings true. Which is why the USFS wants to share Woodsy once again with a new generation of environmental stewards.
The USFS, in conjunction with Pine Tree Studios, is working on creating animated DVDs sharing Woodsy's message. Woodsy's stories will focus on topics such as littering, recycling, gardening, composting, camping, respect for the environment, and fun facts about nature and animals.
All great messages. But, of course, there is a catch. The USFS's office of Conservation Education can't fund the entire project, and they are looking to us to see if there is enough interest to bring Woodsy back to life.
The Woodsy Owl Animation project is currently listed on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, where donors large and small can help support the projects we're interested in. For as little as $10, you can be part of an effort to bring Woody's message to millions of kids. (For $25, you'll get a digital download of the finished cartoon.)
If you're a fan of Woodsy, like I am, be sure to give a hoot - and check out this video.