The Life Cairn

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The Life Cairn is a type of public memorial built around the world for species rendered extinct by human activity.[1] The first Life Cairn was raised on Mount Caburn, near Lewes in East Sussex. The inaugural opening ceremony was held on 22 May 2011.[2] A Life Cairn was dedicated to Lonesome George at the Galapagos National Park on July 26, 2012[3][4] and an additional Life Cairn is being raised in Stockholm.[5] The Life Cairn memorial programme was started by BBC TV presenter Reverend Peter Owen Jones,[6] known for his TV series Around the World in 80 Faiths and Andreas Kornevall the Director for the environmental charity, the Earth Restoration Service (Registered Charity No. 1118951).[7][8]


  1. ^ Symington, Martin (2011). Sacred Britain, A Guide to places to Stir the Soul, p. 28. Bradt Travel Guides, London. ISBN 978-1841623634.
  2. ^ Kornevall, Andreas (March 31, 2012). "The Life Cairn project". Earth Magazine (Sharon Blackie). Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "A memorial stone for "Lonesome George"". El Telgrafo(The Telegraph). Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Edmundo Perez. "A memorial for "Lonesome George"". Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lars Epstein (September 23, 2012). "A moment of silence for the extinct river otter". STHLM. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Peter Owen Jones plants a seed of peace and calls for change in understanding of what progress is -
  7. ^ Charity Commission England and Wales -
  8. ^ Interview with Andreas Kornevall at Eco-Now blog:

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