Artist's Statement: The present mass extinction of species can be allayed, a near term human extinction can be avoided, and many who are now on the edge of existence can be revived. Let's see if R. Buckminster Fuller was correct in his assertion that all human beings can enjoy the essentials of comfort if more is created from less. Let's see everyone included in the equation, to see human genius put to the test for everyone's benefit and celebrate that. Let's grieve together that our others actions may be free of heroism that costs everyone more as heroes are applauded, yet extravagance continues. I practice to my greatest ability what I preach and offer what I can and all of myself in service to peace. - meg
Joy is the gem of experience from which sorrow grows.
It is Joy that sorrow protects.
Driven by a reasoned sense of urgency, Extinction Witness fosters peaceful conflict resolution
and catalyzes the current shift to a universally compassionate exchange of goods and services.
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Brief Project Origin & Philosophy
PROJECT ORIGIN / Initiated December 2011, Extinction Witness was inspired by desire to connect with and support those who are informed about the 6th mass extinction, know the climate science, and live in “a world of wounds”. (November 2013 Interview - 52 second excerpt at Vimeo).
As well, to celebrate and amplify the range of compassionate responses contributing to cultural and biological revival, allaying species extinction, which is now estimated to be 1,000 times higher than natural background rates of extinction and yet accelerating.
'Witness' in Extinction Witness originates from the Quaker witness practice.
"Extinction wasn’t a cost of progress;
it was an unnecessary cost of carelessness.
Humans could work around the needs of these birds,
and these creatures could exist around development.
But it took some thinking, some hard work, and some tinkering."
- Carl Safina, In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters via Yale Environment 360
Extinction and biodiversity loss do matter. This is not just a matter of human subsistence but of an intelligence born and lived uniquely through each individual.
The present mass extinction of species can be allayed, near term human extinction is an uncertainty, and biological and cultural diversity can and are being revived. Still, we are in the midst of massive loss with more, as always, to come.
There is non-dual reality. Death is and is not real. Peace is ever present and accessible always.
Essence carries on. Yet, each body is a unique channel of this essence.
With each body's birth, profound joy. With each body's presence, an essence uniquely expressed and experienced. With each body's pleasure and pain, suffering's greatest potential. With each death, profound sorrow.
Happiness in life is a matter of being alive with care. Everyone's happiness matters - influences the whole.
As with water shortages and all physiological dysfunction, warning signals, when heeded, prevent crisis and catastrophe.
The global situation coupled with the realness of all we carry in our own lives is an incredible lot to navigate. We ought to be very gentle with ourselves and one another as we continue healing long-lived wounds while enduring fresh wounds daily.
The real loss, we grieve.
The growing practice of creative mourning rituals for lost and endangered species and cultures represents a healthy, healing, and hopeful response to awareness of mass species extinction.
Embodied grieving, including through the arts, relieves the emotions associated with past, present, and anticipated loss so as to maintain spiritual vitality and avoid suffering despair and the consequences of revenge. Thus, Lucille's Regenerative Memorials, a cooperative peacekeeping effort fostered by Extinction Witness and Pollinator Posse to honor mothers of all walks for everyone’s benefit.