A virtual reality visualization of our disappearing planet.
The Sixth (or Anthropocene) extinction is the ongoing event during our present time (the Holocene epoch) of species becoming extinct, mainly due to human activity.
Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, its regular occurrence is at a background rate of about 1 to 5 species per year. Scientists estimate that the modern extinction rate could be as much as 45,000 times higher.
In this experience, every star in the landscape represents a mammal species that’s either extinct, critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable according to the IUCN Redlist. Learn about each species by gazing at its star, and learn ways to take action if you are interested!