What I saw
I can never tell.
A fleeting glimpse,
A flash of a shadow
and it’s gone.
Did you see?
~ Matthew B. Peters
“a poem I call Extinction Witness”
ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is a collaborative personal and planetary peacemaking project engaged in creative witness to unnecessary loss, pain, and suffering, with resolve to forward a universally compassionate marketplace.
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 forecast 95% terrestrial species loss (Win-Win Ecology: How Earth’s Species can Survive In the Midst of Human Enterprise – Michael L. Rosenzweig, 2003).
biodiversity is social diversity
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.
Like an exchange currency, industry and technology themselves are not inherently devastating. Devastation occurs when tools are developed and used for the benefit of a few at the expense of most.
Earth’s society is biodiverse. When Earth’s society is dominated by one species thinking of only one species, and members of that species thinking only of themselves, the whole system fails fast.
A compassionate market place that encourages local trades in a circular economy and prioritizes common vitality can allay species extinction, revive biodiversity and associated cultural diversity.
Rousing heaven from a living hell
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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