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Deleted is an artwork about the species extinction crisis our planet is facing. The Golden Toad, the first documented species extinction is attributed to global warming, has become a symbol of the consequences of climate change. Although the extinction of the Golden Toad has generated ambiguous scientific arguments about the reason for its death, the reality is that biodiversity is being threatened by climate change. Not only are amphibians at risk, but so are all living things, including humans. Climate change has been modifying patterns in weather and vegetation and coercing species to adjust and migrate in order to survive. Records indicate that approximately one to five species become extinct annually due to natural phenomena; however, that number has now jumped to dozens of species per year due to climate change. Experts predict that by 2050 one fourth of the planet’s species will have vanished as a result of human activity. Deforestation, air and water pollution, and habitat loss are the driving sources of this crisis. Healthy ecosystems and a widespread approach for abiding biodiversity are essential to stopping these devastating losses. In computing, Delete refers to the act of eliminating a file, text, or other object from a computer’s hard drive or other media. In one swift move, humans can “delete” a species or an ecosystem from our planet. Wouldn’t it be better to use the “control key” instead? As an artist, by removing e-waste from the waste stream and utilizing it as part of my work, I am contributing to lessening its environmental impact. By using these materials, I induce the viewer to think about how technology can be both a contributor to environmental problems and, at the same time, an enabler of solutions. Ultimately, my art is about creating awareness and engaging the public in conversations about our ecological and social responsibilities, while helping them make the connection between art, technology and sustainability.