Lost Species Day was first held in November 2011. Since then, thousands of people have taken part in a wide range of events exploring the stories of extinct and threatened species, cultures and communities each year. Over the past decade the project has evolved, with its advocates hoping for it to serve as an opportunity to learn about and respond to structural oppression and inequity, as well as being a recurrent space for contemplating biodiversity loss and emotions arising.
To mark ten years of RDLS, the theme for 2021 is interdependence. Focusing on single species as a tool for conservation has proven flawed (as discussed in this brilliant conversation between Sadiah Qureshi, Suzanne Dhaliwal and Audra Mitchell for RDLS 2020), arguably contributing to harms to places and ecological communities and driving human communities from their homes. This year, we invite RDLS participants and organisers to consider and celebrate:
- specific relationships and lives
- particular ecological / bio-cultural collectives and webs
- examples of care, commitment and solidarity.
Please visit our Guidance for Organisers page for a brief guide to the kinds of activities and processes we encourage for Lost Species Day. We offer these suggestions in a spirit of collaboration and learning. There are many ways to participate in Lost Species Day – please do whatever you prefer. If you would like to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your plans, we will add them to the map of events.
How to join RDLS 2021
- Join and share the FB event
- Like and share our FB page
- Let us know if you hold an event, and we can help promote it
- Document your event and share any images, text etc with us via Twitter or Instagram @lostspeciesday, or email us at email@example.com. Use the hashtags #lostspeciesday and #lostspeciesday2021
- We also welcome blog posts for this website.
About Remembrance Day for Lost Species
Remembrance Day for Lost Species, November 30th, is a chance each year to explore the stories of extinct species. These stories lead to the stories of critically endangered species, ways of life, and ecological communities. Set up in 2011 in response to species extinctions resulting from human activity, Lost Species Day is an opportunity to make or renew commitments to all who remain and to collaborate on creative and practical solutions. The primary intention of the day is to create spaces for grieving and reflection. Previous activities have included art, processions, tree planting, building Life Cairns, bell casting and ringing, Regenerative Memorials and more. Explore this website for examples of past events.
Lost Species Day is a voluntary initiative supported by a loose collective of artists, activists and charitable organisations.
Image credit: Wren by Jackie Morris