Students Sell T-Shirts to Preserve Wetlands

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 1, 1997 | Go to article overview

Students Sell T-Shirts to Preserve Wetlands


Byline: Jennifer Jirka

"Think globally, act locally."

Lately, the Environmental Club of Schaumburg High School has embodied this conservationist slogan by sponsoring many projects through which students can become more aware of the environmental issues and concerns about our planet and its natural resources.

The Environmental Club, or Students Against Violating the Environment, is an after-school group that organizes fund-raisers to promote conservationist issues.

SAVE's latest project is a T-shirt sale to support The Nature Conservancy's Adopt An Acre and Rescue the Reef campaigns. In these campaigns, The Nature Conservancy, a worldwide environmentalist organization, supplies T-shirts depicting wildlife and endangered habitats. The T-shirts are then sold in fund-raisers. Proceeds from the sales are pooled, and the money goes toward the purchase of undeveloped rain forest lands and wetlands, which they hope to save from commercial use and destruction.

This year, the project will focus on the purchase of land from two Guatemalan areas, Sierra de Las Minas and Cerro San Gil, where more than 880 species of mammals and trees are in danger of extinction.

In support of the project, SAVE sponsor Tom Egan said, "It is a good idea to buy rain forest land while it is in its natural state. Once a developer wants it, the price of the land goes up."

Students were able to order T-shirts for this project from SAVE members at SHS through last Tuesday. For every 10 sold, one acre of rain forest land will be purchased and remain in a primitive state. …

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