Fragile Beauty: Australia’s Endangered Species by Soozie Wray

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We are at the beginning of the 6th Mass Extinction on Planet Earth. The previous 5 mass extinctions, over a period of 500 million years, were caused by natural events – asteroid impact, huge volcanic eruptions leading to global warming and related environmental effects, massive glaciation with associated sea levels plummeting.

The 6th and present mass extinction is known as the Holocene extinction. It is also known as the Anthropocene extinction – climate change and extinction of species through human activity. And this time the rate of extinction is happening 100 to 1000 times faster than naturally occurring events.

Since 1970, about 60% of all vertebrate individuals have been lost, with many more expected to go extinct in the next few decades.

Australia has one of the worst extinction records of any continent on Earth. More than 300 animal and 1000 plant species are threatened with imminent extinction.

These facts have played on author Soozie Wray’s mind for years and she has been increasingly drawn to portraying nature in her artistic practice. Now, she finds many of her chosen subjects are already classified as endangered or critically endangered.

‘I want to show you just a few of the beautiful species we stand to lose here in Australia, if we don’t step up and protect our flora and fauna, re-establish habitats, and educate the public about how we can all help to preserve our incredible native species.’

Soozie has depicted many of these beautiful creatures within mandalas, as the symbol for the unification of Earth and Universe, body and soul, mind and spirit.

‘The Mandala represents all that is sacred in us, in our planet, in our Universe. And so it represents the sacred nature of these endangered species – and our sacred duty to protect them.’

We can still act! There’s so much we as individuals can and must do to preserve all life on our incredible Earthly home.

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We are at the beginning of the 6th Mass Extinction on Planet Earth. The previous 5 mass extinctions, over a period of 500 million years, were caused by natural events – asteroid impact, huge volcanic eruptions leading to global warming and related environmental effects, massive glaciation with associated sea levels plummeting.

The 6th and present mass extinction is known as the Holocene extinction. It is also known as the Anthropocene extinction – climate change and extinction of species through human activity. And this time the rate of extinction is happening 100 to 1000 times faster than naturally occurring events.

Since 1970, about 60% of all vertebrate individuals have been lost, with many more expected to go extinct in the next few decades.

Australia has one of the worst extinction records of any continent on Earth. More than 300 animal and 1000 plant species are threatened with imminent extinction.

These facts have played on author Soozie Wray’s mind for years and she has been increasingly drawn to portraying nature in her artistic practice. Now, she finds many of her chosen subjects are already classified as endangered or critically endangered.

‘I want to show you just a few of the beautiful species we stand to lose here in Australia, if we don’t step up and protect our flora and fauna, re-establish habitats, and educate the public about how we can all help to preserve our incredible native species.’

Soozie has depicted many of these beautiful creatures within mandalas, as the symbol for the unification of Earth and Universe, body and soul, mind and spirit.

‘The Mandala represents all that is sacred in us, in our planet, in our Universe. And so it represents the sacred nature of these endangered species – and our sacred duty to protect them.’

We can still act! There’s so much we as individuals can and must do to preserve all life on our incredible Earthly home.

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