withNature2020 is a project I conceived in the Autumn of 2018, as a response to dire news of the extinction crisis*.  Humans now dominate the planet to such an extent that we are driving other species to extinction at hundreds of times the naturally occurring rate, inadvertently putting our own survival as a species in peril. 

The project sets out to assemble people around the world on 22nd May 2020 (the United Nations Day for Biological Diversity), to form giant images of endangered plant and animal species. People wearing coloured clothing will stand in formation at 14:00 in each time zone, unfolding a visual panoply of the life we need to preserve, from east to west throughout the day.  

The aim is to engage people with the need to protect the diversity in their local ecosystem, wherever they are, and to create a visually memorable mass event in an effort to convince world leaders that people care about nature.   

This is an issue that transcends race, colour, gender, and nationality. Without biodiversity we have no chance of continuing to produce the food we need to eat, or of mitigating the changes we are starting to experience in our climate, caused by manmade emissions.  The crisis in biodiversity is symptomatic of the pressure we are exerting on the planet; we ignore it at our peril. 

We are looking for four hundred locations across twenty time zones on 22 May 2020. We need organisers and participants; please contact withNature2020@gmail.com and follow on twitter #withNature2020.

 

* The WWF Living Planet Report 2018 reported an overall decline of 60% in population sizes of vertebrate species since 1970, with current rates of species extinctions 100 to 1000 times the background rate. In October 2017, German researchers working in protected areas reported a 75% decline in flying insects over 27 years.  In May 2019, the United Nations estimated that humans are now threatening one million species with extinction.