The Mojave Desert Land Trust and Los Angeles-based artist Ed Lum have teamed up to create illustrations inspired by our vision of dark night skies, clean air and water, and an abundance of native plants and animals throughout the California deserts. These designs are available as limited-edition notecards that celebrate the daily actions we can take to support desert conservation. Each card measures 4’’ x 6’’ and is printed on 14 pt matte cardstock. Sold individually or in packs of 6, envelopes included, these notecards allow for smooth writing with a ballpoint pen (gel pens not recommended unless you have time to wait for the ink to dry). Our variety pack features 2 each of the Protect Pollinators, Dark Night Skies, and Wildlife Corridors designs. Card packs are tied together with twine in an effort to cut down on single-use plastic. Envelopes are included with each card.
Every sale supports MDLT’s mission to protect the Mojave and Colorado Deserts’ ecosystems and their natural, cultural, and scenic resource values.
Protect Pollinators – Pollinators are an especially important part of the Earth’s ecosystems because they are responsible for ensuring the reproduction of most of our planet’s flowering plants. We can protect pollinators by planting native plants that help them thrive – and in turn, they’ll protect us too!
Keep Night Skies Dark – According to the International Dark Sky Association, light pollution is increasing twice as fast as the global population. Fortunately, light pollution is the easiest kind of pollution to fix. Shielding lights, reducing wattage, and turning outside lights off when not in use is helpful to improve the circadian rhythms of wildlife and humans alike.
Defend Wildlife Corridors – Wildlife corridors are pathways that help maintain genetic diversity in wildlife populations by allowing plants and animals to move, mate, forage, and migrate between larger protected areas like national parks and wilderness areas. These corridors are becoming increasingly important to conserve as overdevelopment continues to fragment the landscape.
About the Artist:
Ed Lum is a fourth generation Chinese American and the youngest sibling of three; born in 1966 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital and raised in El Sereno, just seven miles from downtown Los Angeles. He currently lives in the Monterey Trailer Park, which was awarded Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument status in 2002. Ed’s gifts as an artist were evident as a young child and throughout his school years. While taking art courses at various colleges and searching for something different, his love of everything vintage began and would come to influence his life and work. A talented graphic artist, Ed’s artwork has qualities reminiscent of early 20th century travel posters and the WPA artists of the 1930s and 1940s. See more of Ed’s work at MisterLum.com.