ex·tinc·tion wit·ness

personal and planetary peacemaking
through compassionate creative witness
to unnecessary loss, inevitable change,
benevolent genius, and mystery

ex·tinc·tion /ikˈstiNG(k)SHən/
    PHYSICS reduction in the intensity of light.

wit·ness /ˈwitnis/
    to see.

bare /be(ə)r/  com·pas·sion /kəmˈpaSHən/
    expose something. ‘with’· ‘desire’; ‘with’ · ‘love’.

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Species extinction, as with all death, is elemental to life.

Right now the rate of species extinction exceeds that of past mass extinction events. Relative to one human lifetime, Earth entered the present – or 6th - mass extinction a while ago. World Wildlife Fund’s Living Blue Plane Report 2015 suggests that Earth has lost half its non-human population in the last 40 years. Human population increased by 55% in same time period.

In the absence of human and societal healing and transformation, ecologists estimate 95% terrestrial species loss (Win-Win Ecology: How Earth’s Species can Survive In the Midst of Human Enterprise – Michael L. Rosenzweig, 2003).

Driven by human insecurity, competition, and innocent ignorance, this mass extinction event is proving to catalyze mass transformation of whole human institutions and operating systems equivalent to the transformation of ecological communities since the industrial and technological revolutions began.

With friendship in practice lending to radical change in the market place, this mass extinction event can be allayed - biodiversity and associated cultural diversity can be revived.

biodiversity is social diversity

Absolute misery is not the absence of amenities, but the absence of community for it is by way of thriving community that basic amenities are provided for all.

To protect the most vulnerable and vital remaining intact communities and regenerate thriving local economies, individual relationship patterns are changing. In recognition that humans need one another and other species, consumption of fuels and materials is being adjusted to accommodate everyone’s needs.

Intimacy with the losses and suffering of disenfranchised community members, the vast majority of whom are not human, encourages genuine personal and societal transformation required to make living a lot less painful for everyone. Grieving communal losses is a healthy, healing, transformative first response to awareness of mass species extinction and ongoing genocide.


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