Human behaviors have driven us into a planetwide species extinction crisis that is linked to the rapidly changing climate. To move forward we need interdisciplinary research approaches that protect our resources and a variety of outreach strategies to educate and inspire the public toward sustainable living. We need a public identity shift into the role of environmental caretaker to continue living on this planet and to improve the environmental conditions for ourselves and others. In her current doctoral ecological and arts research, the author draws on themes of motherhood to connect people to these ecological issues on a deep and tangible level. Her hope is to better communicate the complexity surrounding species loss and to motivate sustainable actions.