19 November // Tachwedd – 28 December // Rhagfyr 2018
RemembranceDay for Lost Species, November 30th, is a chance each year to explore the stories of species, cultures and habitats driven extinct by unjust power structures and exploitation, past and ongoing.
It emphasises that this Sixth Mass Extinction is rooted in violent, racist and discriminatory economic and political practices. It provides an opportunity for people to renew commitments to all that remains, and supports the development of creative and practical tools of resistance.
2018 is the 250 year anniversary of the extinction of Steller’s sea cow.
Steller’s sea cow was first seen by Europeans in 1741 in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia. It was massive reaching lengths of up to 9m dwarfing its closest living relative – the dugong. It fed on kelp and communicated with sighs and snorts. Evidence suggests it was monogamous and sociable living in small family groups. Within 27 years of its discovery by Europeans, the slow-moving and easily caught mammal was hunted into extinction.
Emily Laurens, co-director of Feral Theatre and co-founder of Remembrance Day for Lost Species, is a multi-disciplinary artist based in West Wales.