Remembrance Day for Lost Species
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of November, repeating indefinitely
30 November every year. Remembering extinct species; celebrating and making commitments to what remains.
Since 2011, groups in the UK and internationally have met on the last day of November to hold memorials for extinct species. Remembrance Day for Lost Species is driven by a growing coalition of artists and educators who want to raise awareness of accelerating species loss.
One of the key points in WWF’s 2014 Living Planet Report was that since 1970 (ie: in under two human generations) the populations of vertebrate species have reduced by half. It is likely that worse is to come as climate change and habitat loss, much of these due to human impacts, lead us into what could be the Sixth Mass Extinction.
The symbol shown here represents extinction. You can find out more about it on the Extinction Symbol website.
The following film clip, ‘Toll a bell on Remembrance Day for Lost Species’, higlights many of the species that once co-existed with humans, but are now extinct:
Find out more about species that are under threat, and why, from The Extinction Crisis page at the Center for Biological Diversity; or from some of the ‘Threats to Biodoversity’ topics on the Arkive website.
Students could take the opportunity offered by this Day to learn about different extinct species, create art or written work about them, and hold a memorial ceremony in class or as a whole school. You can find examples on the ONCA Gallery website and The Remembrance Day for Lost Species Facebook page.
Taking Action: The Arkive website has suggestions for ‘How You Can Help’ save endangered species.