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’.





ex·tinc·tion wit·ness

a collaborative art project
offering creative witness, revolving monthly,
with groups being and becoming extinct.
read the project statement

Species extinction itself is an ongoing part of life.
Right now the rate of species extinction
exceeds that of past mass extinction events.
Ongoing, accelerating loss commands
a humble and brilliant response,
for which grief is elemental.

Many are exploited and exterminated to maintain status quo.
It is not enough to support conservation groups with funding. Individuals must make their own regeneration efforts, keeping in mind what it is to live in extreme hardship. Staying in touch with the miserable circumstances others endure is the ticket to actually accomplishing the changes required to make living a lot less painful for everyone.

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is:

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is an expression of sorrow. This is because an estimated 75 to 200 species pass each day, and more so because many individuals endure inhumane circumstances and suffer intolerably violent deaths.

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is a creative online grief ritual. ex·tinc·tion wit·ness produces short poetic films and monthly witness posts honoring the disenfranchised who experience the edge of extinction. The monthly witness is offered with a sense of urgency. The Pacific is screaming.

Read thoughts on the distinction between sorrow and lamentation.

Read thoughts on a necessary change of attitude.

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is not:

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is not a source for detailed information on the present mass extinction event, names and numbers, statuses etc. This information is provided elsewhere on websites, and in films, and books.

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is not a place for learning about physical actions that are taking place to allay the present mass extinction event. However, this information is pointed to through monthly witness posts and is provided elsewhere on websites of those individuals, businesses, and community groups engaged in physical acts of ecological and cultural regeneration.

ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is not an expression of a despairing belief that nothing can be done to allay the present mass extinction.

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