Remembering Lost Species

Signposts in the Mist

The 30th of November is Remembrance Day for Lost Species. It was established in 2011 as a response to the immense loss of species occurring as a consequence of anthropogenic climate change and ‘is driven by a growing coalition of artists, educators, celebrants and writers’.

It aims to ‘create new rituals for remembering and mourning what we have lost, and for celebrating and making commitments to what remains.’

We are currently living through the Sixth Mass Extinction. Unlike the previous five (Ordovician-Silurian, Late Devonian, Permian, Triassic-Jurassic and Cretaceous-Tertiary), which were caused by environmental factors and a fallen meteor, it is driven by humanity and is therefore also referred to as the Anthropocene Extinction.

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Scientists have traced its origin to the end of the Ice Age, when humans eradicated the mammoths. Other animals hunted into extinction by humans here in Britain include: elk (1500BC), Eurasian beaver (1500BC), aurochs…

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