Joy is the gem of experience from which sorrow grows. 

It is Joy that sorrow protects.

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness

a collaborative art project with primary focus on personal and planetary peacemaking

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness was initiated in 2012 to support those who are informed about the 6th mass extinction, know the climate science, and live in “a world of wounds”, which has largely been under the radar outside academia and community advocacy circles.

Awareness of mass species extinction is thankfully growing as the situation grows extremely dire. So, we are on the cusp of effective change. ex·tinc·tion wit·ness also, thus, celebrates the rapid response in play at the level of whole systems and localities.

There is profound loss now and regardless of our actions at this point, there is more to come. ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is a recognition that we, humans and all, need one another. We are members of one diverse global community experiencing sea change together.

The first and most imperative step in an effective response to this extreme state of planetary imbalance is world peace. Peace will be accomplished as hearts break open, crushing the mind's defenses against global loss. Thus, the growing practice of creative mourning rituals for lost and endangered species represent healthy, healing, and hopeful first and lasting responses to awareness of mass species extinction.

The present mass extinction of species can be allayed, near term human extinction is an uncertainty, and many who are now on the edge of existence can and are being revived. 

Let's see all walks of life included in R. Buckminster Fuller's assertion that everyone can enjoy the essentials of comfort when more is created from less.

Put benevolent genius to the test and celebrate this. 

Pause. Together please. / ex·tinc·tion wit·ness interview 11.27.2013