Were no longer creeping towards the Earths sixth mass extinction , nor are we on the cusp of it: were in it. Youve probably not even noticed, but it doesnt take a cataclysmic tragedy to trigger one of these events, such as an asteroid impact or supervolcano eruption. Although arguably, there has been a fairly recent catastrophe for our planet: the arrival of humans.
Species are disappearing at 1, 000 times the normal background rate of loss. Why? Deforestation, agriculture, anthropogenic climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and overharvesting, simply to name a few.
Perhaps the working day humen will have the tools to fix some of their missteps, but an event on this scale cannot be undone. And while we have already passed the point of no return, that is not to say we should give up and continue business as usual.Now is the time for change, to do something, and Discoverys phenomenal new movie is certainly spur the most belligerent of us into action.
Called “Racing Extinction, ” Academy Award-Winner Louie Psihoyoss film premieres on December 2 in more than 220 country level territories. And its no coincidence that this coincides with the Paris Climate Conference COP2 1, which was eventually choose the fate of our planet.
The name is a bit of a giveaway, but here is a brief synopsis: In Racing Extinction, a squad of artists and activists exposes the concealed world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the route we ensure countries around the world. Think over-fishing, shark-finning, illegal trade of animal products, whaling, agriculture, etc.
If youve considered Psihoyoss award-winning movie The Cove, you will know that his work is not for the faint-hearted. IFLScience has already seen the cinema, and there was scarcely a dry eye afterwards. You can write the longest essay about why our actions are wrong, and no one will do anything. You have to physically show people, and we wholeheartedly encourage every single one of you to give up two hours of your day to watch this, because it genuinely will change the route you look at your home planet.
Image credit: International Fund for Animal Welfare Animal Rescue/ Flickr( CC BY-NC 2.0 )
When I started this project I had no idea there was a mass extinction event going on right now, Psihoyos told IFLScience at a screening event at London Zoo. Its the biggest, most important tale in the world bar none. And its occur before our eyes. And for Psihoyos, this movie was never about winning trophies or money; its about getting minds and hearts on the same page so we can change the biggest problem in the whole world. And at Discovery we have a chance of doing that.
Laziness is not an excuse, but what can you do to help? The take home message is do something, even if its simply one thing, do something and stick to it, animal proponent Dr. Brian May told IFLScience at the screening. None of us are perfect, but we can do a lot. We truly can.
For Dr. May, it starts with reducing our meat and dairy consumption, and extending our respect for the beings that inhabit the Earth. Its tough giving up meat, but if everyone did it for simply the working day a week? There would be a massive change to the world.
Indeed, as Psihoyos points out, raising animals for human consumption makes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector blended. So if you wanna change the world, he told, change your diet. But it’s more than that: Collectively, we need to stop the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products, reduce our dependency on fossil fuel, and treat countries around the world with respect. No one person can make a difference, but together we can drive change.
The movie will air at 9:00 p.m. EST on December 2 on the Discovery Channel, but you can also pre-order it on DVD, iTunes or Amazon.
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