"Psychologists have not begun to ponder the emotional toll of the loss of fellow life. Nor have theologians reckoned the spiritual impoverishment that extinction brings. To forget what we have had is to forget what we have lost. And to forget what we have lost means never knowing what we had to begin with."
Mark Jerome Walters, The Nature Conservancy (1998)
go about our daily lives, a mass extinction of fellow lives and other species evolutions
is happening - the sixth in the history of planet Earth. We are the cause of what is now called the Sixth mass
extinction, or the
Anthropocene extinction. Scientists at the
U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity have concluded that every day as many
as 150 species are
lost. They suggest that as many as 30 to 50 percent of
all species may be going extinct by 2050.
Dia de Los Muertos is about remembering the Beloved Dead, those that are gone. I propose creating a memorial shrine on this special day to remember the many Beings gone and leaving us, to our great loss and impoverishment. Proposal is for a Shrine no larger than 45" x 30" composed of paper panels listing the names of extinct and vanishing Species, with Centerpiece, Narrative, Visuals of species included in tableau.
Lauren Raine, July 30, 2021