withNature2020 was conceived in the Autumn of 2018, as a response to the extinction crisis.  It was a collaborative artwork realized by an international network of voluntary participants; both individuals and established organisations. The aim was to engage people with the vital need to protect the diversity in their local ecosystem no matter where they are, and to create a visually memorable mass event in an effort to convince world leaders that people care about nature and its protection.

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 was to have assembled people around the world on 22nd May 2020, to stand in formation in coloured clothing and create giant images of locally relevant endangered plant and animal species.  The images would have appeared in sequence, unfurling a tapestry of species through time and space, from east to west across the day.  

Due to Covid-19, the event was postponed and reconceived.   It eventually took place on 22 May, 2021, the international day for biodiversity, and is the subject of a BBC radio documentary.   Giant mosaic images, made using a variety of materials, were created for 17:00 local time, in locations from east to west, filmed aerially and webcast in a 19-hour live broadcast on YouTube.  The highlights are still available to view, along with a variety of films giving ordinary people the chance to inform themselves and help the situation.  We urge as many people as possible to do so before the COP15 UN biodiversity conference in October 2021.   In conjunction with the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, COP15 will determine the future of life on our planet. 

Please take a moment to follow @withNature2020 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or look for the hashtag #withNature2020.

The loss of biodiversity is an issue that transcends race, colour, gender, and nationality.  It threatens our ability to continue producing food, and upsets the ecosystems that regulate our air, our water and which can help in mitigating the changes we are starting to experience in our climate.    

The fabric of nature; of which we are part, on which we depend.

* 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.