Environmental Center

Supporting Las Cruces Teens Making a Difference

Bringing a Student Perspective to the Border Wall Controversy

During summer 2019, a team of high school students from border town Las Cruces, New Mexico used their creative talents to draw attention to the harmful effects of the border wall construction on local communities and wildlife. With guidance from the Southwest Environmental Center and funding from the Olseth Family Foundation, one team of students designed a billboard and one student created a short documentary film. The billboard on I-10 displays a link to a simple website with the film and a petition so citizens can take action. The artwork has the potential to influence thousands that travel this highly-trafficked corridor in the border region. The project is timely as Congress is gearing up for another budget battle, as the wall continues to be built using military funds under Trump’s emergency declaration.