December 1, 2010

ESPP featured in The American Scholar

The last issue of The American Scholar magazine featured and article on ESPP, entitled "Call of the Wild," and I wanted to share it with you all.

After years of exhibiting artwork in galleries and museums, Chicago-based artists Jenny  Kendler and Molly Schafer decided last year to step outside those white-walled environments and directly support conservation of endangered species.
In their Endangered Species Print Project, the artists print animal images in quantities equaling the estimated number of individuals of that species in the wild.
For instance, no more than 45 Amur leopards are said to remain in Russia and China’s temperate forests, their sole habitat, and so Kendler and Schafer have made an edition of 45 prints. Everything earned from the sale of the prints is donated to an organization that works to save that specific species, in this case the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, a coalition of 13 nongovernmental organizations dedicated to reducing the poaching and deforestation that threaten the species.
If less money goes to supporters of the more endangered species, they’ll create a second artwork of the same species once the first one sells out. So far they have raised more than $4,000 and donated to 11 organizations. Now they are expanding by lining up guest artists who will draw a variety of animals and plants, including the charismatic Vaquita, a miniature porpoise that lives in the Sea of Cortez in California. —Vanessa Schipani

The issue also included a thorough (and frightening) look at geo-engineering as a possible solution for climate change. You can pick up a copy, with it's great polar bear cover, at your newsstand. Thanks to Vanessa for the write-up!

Oh, and by the way, since the article was published, ESPP has raised it's total funds earned for conservation to almost $5,600 and the number of organizations we're supporting to 17!

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