Extinction Parades

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Photo: Steve Bloom/Caters. Source: metro.co.uk

GOOD DAY. And welcome to the energy of Extinction Parade.

 It is high time that we roll up our shirtsleeves, gird our loins, endorse our reality check and get to work/play with our job as self-determined stewards of our space ship, old Ma Earth.

As any semi enlightened/educated/aware/conscious being knows, Earth’s precious and precarious eco-systems are under severe attack, with countless innocent species threatened with extinction as well as our entire way of being. No longer can we just roll our eyes, stick our heads back in the sand and sigh about the situation we are handing down to our grandchildren – the bills are coming… due now.

“Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife – birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes – by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year, sends out cards praying for Peace on Earth.”

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THE TIME IS NOW

We hear, over and over, how dire it is all becoming – indeed, our newspapers are full of frightening reports of neverending strife and ongoing disasters, with more to come. And nobody, it seems, is doing much more than applying band aids and cheap platitudes.

Interesting enough, there is a simple solution. But first, we need to address the situation – we need to really understand the whats and the whys of the problem to then embrace the solution.

So what is the problem on the Earth, this third rock from the sun? It is the pollution caused by the consumptions of one species that is attacking eco-systems, threatening entire species with extinction via the attendant habitat destruction, and at the same time, fuelling the hate of the have-nots.

(Hint: do not be fooled by Republican assurances that ‘We’ can handle this scientifically – we cannot.)

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Photo: Stephen Earle. Source: 121clicks.com

 

AND THE SOLUTION?

Simple: Cease consuming the nonessential products that so clutter our lives.

Not so simple: Getting people around the world to understand how consumption (read: pollution) not only needs to be controlled, but is also, arguably, not necessary from the viewpoint of life enjoyment.

WHERE TO START?

Our children – via concerned and involved parents, teachers, coaches, extended family.

HOW?

By educating us all to this tremendously important understanding of what is happening NOW to our Mother Earth, how it is happening, and that there is a solution.

And since we don’t want out lovely babies to lie down in front of the bulldozers, in comes Extinction Parade.

Extinction Parade consists of a costumed stroll through community streets to the town park. Participants can dress up as either extinct beings or endangered species. Signs can also be carried with information regarding the situation on Earth and some to-do items such as behaving more responsibly and more lovingly to protect the remaining species and Mother Earth from the depredation caused by our pollution. In preparation for the Parade, children are educated as to the specific species they are representing as well as the precariousness of the threatened ecosystems and how precious they are for life enjoyment – for life itself.

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Photo: Bill Maynard. Source: photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca

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HOW TO EFFECT AN EXTINCTION PARADE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Easy. Get a couple of parents and teachers together to do a campaign with local business and social groups to lend a minimal support via donations. In return for few bucks they get representation in the Parade and resulting media attention.

The money generated is used to procure costumes from the thrift shops, used stores, closets and storage facilities so that the kids and participants in the Parade can dress up to represent species who have either gone extinct, or are threatened with extinction.

This is fun!

Then get some free media interest and make the march down the Main Street with lots of kid-made signs sharing the news of how consumptions and attendant poisons are killing things: creatures, habitats, oceans, forests, airs, earths, waterways, turtles, little cute owls, etc, etc. Make up some music and play it as your march.

Then end up in the park with a pot-luck lunch of leftovers and music for dancing.

Hand out kid-made pamphlets inviting one and all to do their best to reduce unnecessary consumptions.

Make suggestions on how to live with less and how a simpler life is a better life and that the other species who share the Earth ride will thank us.

Send them here to our site – and share with them how kids of all ages are assuming an ambassadorial role to defend their young from the onslaughts of ‘progress’.

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Photo: Steve Bloom. Source: stevebloom.com

Part B of this is Ego Revolution – check it out on the website and really have fun!

Organizers are invited to retain half of the sponsorship monies raised as an incentive to get this going.

Additionally, there will be a yearly contest for the best video of your EP (Extinction Parade). The winning entry will split the submission income with JAG.

These videos will be featured on this site – additional reason to get involved and stay tuned.

 

Thanks, from all the unrepresented brother and sister species who are on this mothership ride with us, and thanks from Ma Earth as well – she needs a break.

 

At some point Extinction will apply to pollutions and poisons.