2019: ORIGINAL NAMES

Call for participants

Rather than focusing on a particular species story, RDLS 2019 invites people to celebrate the ways that humans have named, loved and lived with their human and non-human kin. An aim of RDLS 2019 is to highlight the histories and current importance of indigenous people and traditional cultures as ecological stewards.

The recorded names of now-extinct and endangered species were often given to them as part of the extractive colonial processes that are responsible for ecological crises worldwide. Many of these animals and plants would have had local names already, but what were they? RDLS 2019 may offer participants paths to restorative knowledge and place-based practice through exploration of the local names, stories and knowledge of extinct and endangered species.

There are many different ways to participate – here are a few examples:

  • Find out about and share stories that are local or relevant to you (eg local names of lost or endangered species)
  • Make art
  • Host a ceremony or event
  • Research your indigenous language/s
  • Learn about the languages of animals and plants
  • Additionally, on days before or after RDLS, organise or participate in personally and collectively restorative activities (e.g. beach and waterway cleans, tree planting, gardening with pollinators and soil in mind).

Or do whatever you prefer. Please contact us to let us know your plans, and we will add them to the map of events.

How to join RDLS 2019

  • Like and share our FB page – https://www.facebook.com/internationalremembrancedayforlostspecies/
  • Let us know if you hold an event, and we can help promote it
  • Please document your event and share any images, text etc with us via Twitter or Instagram @lostspeciesday, or email us at info@onca.org.uk . Use the hashtags #lostspeciesday and #lostspeciesday2019
  • We also welcome blog posts for this website.

Image: Wren by Jackie Morris – illustration from The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris