Remembrance Day Joy Giving / by Megan Hollingsworth

Healing Scars / Grieving Discovery - Lost Species Day ; Photo Copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt

Healing Scars / Grieving Discovery - Lost Species Day ; Photo Copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt

Dialogue with Linda Lombardo, founder and host at Voice of Evolution Radio.

Linda and I discuss joy giving: 108 bell rings as practiced during International Remembrance Day for Lost Species - November 30th, responsible witness, the power of mourning ritual to end avoidable atrocities, and more.  

Please note that I misspeak the estimated rate of present-day species extinction, which is well above the resting background rate of species extinction, estimated to be about 10 species lost each year. In this conversation, I say, "an estimated 75 to 200 species lost each year". The present extinction rate estimate is rather 75 to 200 species lost each day.

Also, I briefly mention grief is praise. For me, this teaching originates of Martín Prechtel's work. Though I've not read Martín, I've listened to him speak and greatly appreciate his offerings. Please see Martín's book The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise.

The Guardian 11.19.2016 article Linda refers to is 'Why don't we grieve extinct species?' by Jeremy Hance (link). Infinite gratitude to Jeremy for beautifully weaving a chorus of voices together within publication requirements, to Persephone Pearl, Lost Species Day co-founder and ONCA co-director, for her tenacious caring and breadth of devotion to creative mourning ritual, to the whole lot of those forwarding and participating in ritual November 30th, and ultimately to those who call us together now in "grief and praise".

This Lost Species Day dialogue us also available at Voice of Evolution Radio.