We at Adventerra Games USA find ourselves constantly in awe of children who care passionately about our planet and living things and are doing something about their concerns.
We were especially impressed with and inspired by two brothers, Will and Matthew Gladstone of Boston, MA.
For the past three years, Will, 15, and Matty, 12 have been selling bright blue socks to raise money for scientific research on the Blue-Footed Booby population decline in the Galapagos. All profits go to the Galapagos Conservancy to research how to help the birds reverse their decline.
Socks are $14 and shipping is free in the US when you order more than one pair. So far, the brothers have sold over 18,000 pairs and raised over $130,000! They recently announced they are buying the socks from Ecuador, home of the Blue-Footed Boobies’ habitat in the Galapagos Islands.
In 1960 the species’ population was 20,000 and it precipitously dropped to 6,400 in 2014. Will says he learned about the population drop at school in science class and decided he had to do something to help.
The brothers started The Blue Feet Foundation with the help of their father, Peter, and began selling blue socks online. Through social media use and the help of celebrities, including NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bruins’ center David Backes, the foundation has drawn attention to the birds’ plight. Their foundation has almost 18,000 Followers on Instagram and more than 10,000 on Facebook. They receive pictures daily from their customers in every state in the US and more than 30 countries.
In 2018, the Gladstone brothers won an Honorable Mention International Eco-Hero Award from Action for Nature, an award that recognizes young people 8 to 16 years old for their environmental achievements. “We hope the accomplishments of these outstanding young people will inspire many others to preserve and protect the Earth upon which all life depends,” the group says.
We applaud the Gladstone brothers and will watch their progress with interest and hope you will, too. To learn more visit https://bluefeetfoundation.com/.