Camilla Schofield placing sticks in the North Sea in memory of angel sharks killed by trawl fishing, Remembrance Day for Lost Species. Photo courtesy of Camilla Schonfield.
This year, Radical Joy for Hard Times is honored to partner with nine pioneering organizations whose work inspires and complements our own. Each month we profile one of these organizations in Radical Joy Revealed. Today, we introduce Remembrance Day for Lost Species, an annual project of our partners ONCA in Brighton, England and Extinction Witness in Montana, USA.
We’ve all heard the statistics:
The numbers alone are heartbreaking. How can we possibly cope with the reality?
One way is to join others on November 30 to remember and honor those vanished creatures of land, water, and air. Remembrance Day for Lost Species began in 2011 as a way to rally people on one day each year to pay tribute to extinct beings through art, processions, ceremony, tree planting, and other creative expressions.
The actions people contribute are personal and heartfelt. In Norfolk, England, for example, artist and historian Camilla Schofield placed sticks in the sandy shoreline of the North Sea in memory of the angel shark, decimated by trawl fishing. In Ghent, Belgium Rachel Porter led a group of pre-school children in a story and simple ritual in remembrance of the thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger. And in New York City, Bibi Calderaro and his band played music in the Union Square subway station to bring attention to lost species and violence against women and girls.
Check the Remembrance Day for Lost Species website to find out how to join an event near you or create one of your own, then share what you did.
By supporting us humans in expressing our grief over the beautiful lives that have been lost, Remembrance Day for Lost Species enables us to be more mindful, protective, and in awe of those that remain.