By Marsel van Oosten www.squiver.com
Earth is embarking on its sixth mass extinction phase with animals disappearing 114 times faster than they used to. Not since the age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago has the planet been losing species at this rapid rate, but this time we’re entirely to blame. I’m pessimistic about the future of our planet, considering our species’ never-ending greed and pathological tendency to act only when it’s already too late, but I’m not ready to give up yet. Luckily, there are still people who look beyond their own microcosm and selfie obsession, and see the bigger picture – people like Margot Raggett. When she asked me if I wanted to collaborate on her Remembering Rhinos project, I didn’t have to think twice. We’re about to lose some of our most iconic megafauna: polar bears, tigers, gorillas, orang-utan, and rhino, and there is no time to waste. I honestly don’t know whether this is going to save the rhino, but at least we’re trying to make a difference. If we would all try that, then there’s still hope.
Please visit www.rememberingrhinos.com – Marsel van Oosten
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