In the last half-billion years, life on Earth has been nearly wiped out five times. These events are known as the Big Five mass extinctions, and all signs suggest we are now on the precipice of a sixth.
A 'biological annihilation' of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction is already underway and more severe than previously feared, according to recent research. Wildlife is dying out due to habitat destruction, overhunting, toxic pollution, invasion by alien species and climate change. Key drivers of all of these factors is reliance on fossil fuels; food production methods; overconsumption; and, human overpopulation and continued population growth. All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life. Added to this, our casual over-reliance on antibiotics has created a crisis. The rapid emergence of resistant bacteria is occurring worldwide, endangering the efficacy of antibiotics, which have transformed medicine and saved millions of lives. The antibiotic resistance crisis has been attributed to the overuse and misuse of these medications, as well as a lack of new drug development.
This work is made entirely from plastic materials, pieces of coal, empty packets of antibiotics and circuit boards and aims to be a visual representation of the sixth extinction.