Lucy, Rhea, and Iz
Sevenoaks, UK. Lucy, Rhea and Iz are teens with an edge. These talented secondary school students from the U.K. were inspired to protect wildlife after watching a documentary about biodiversity loss. “We decided to specifically focus on EDGE species,” they say, referring to those that are Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. California Condors certainly fit that description, and they chose these birds for their artwork, along with Angel Sharks and Pangolins.
The girls were drawn to condors for several reasons, beyond the obvious justification of the birds being distinct and critically endangered. One of the girls lived in California and saw condors during a family outing. Now that they are learning more about these birds, they are thrilled to be helping with their conservation. They even admit that they have fallen in love with them just a bit.
So how do they turn that love into conservation action? It starts with the design and manufacture of their eco-friendly stickers and pins, which they call Stickers on the EDGE. Teaming up with organizations like Ventana Wildlife Society, the group is marketing their art, with the proceeds directly benefiting the wildlife. The three are quite a team of their own. While Rhea has created all of the awesome designs for the pins and stickers, Lucy has been in charge of communications with manufacturers and charities, and Iz has handled the online marketing. “We wanted to be able to guarantee those buying our products that their money was going to be used to help the species (portrayed on the pin or sticker),“ they explain, adding that this assurance was the very reason why they chose Ventana Wildlife Society to be a recipient.
These stickers and pins will soon be sold on Etsy.