Seeking Volunteers for Remembrance Day for Lost Species

ONCA is proud to be a key part of the coalition of artists and educators driving the Remembrance Day for Lost Species initiative. We are looking for a volunteer researcher/ project developer to help promote and develop the initiative.

Recent research has shown that Earth has lost half its wildlife in the last 40 years. Worse is to come, as climate change and habitat loss are leading us into the Sixth Mass Extinction. Now is the time to create new rituals for remembering and mourning what we have lost, and for 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. Activities over the five years have included:

  • Cairn building, processions and vigils
  • Performances and poetry readings
  • Centenary memorials for the Passenger Pigeon
  • Bells tolled around the world at the same time

and many more.

Our vision is for Remembrance Day for Lost Species to become an established and familiar part of the broad cultural calendar, in the same way as initiatives like Black History Month, International Women’s Day and Earth Hour. For this to happen requires dedication and energy. We are looking for a special person to work on this project for about one day per week. In the autumn this commitment becomes more intense in the build up to the Day. The role requires:

  • A solid grasp of the issues and drivers of the extinction crisis
  • Use of social media
  • Network building
  • Education outreach
  • Creating resources for use in schools
  • Writing, blogging, speaking about the project
  • Strategic planning
  • An understanding of fundraising.

Ideally you will be based in Brighton and able to come into ONCA for meetings, but the right person may be based anywhere and liaise regularly via Skype/ phone/ email.

To apply for this unique opportunity, please send a CV and covering letter saying why you would like to volunteer by email to Persephone Pearl,, by May 15th 2016.

Funeral for the Caspian Tiger, Feral Theatre: photo credit Bridget McKenzie.

Notes about some coalition members:

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