The movie Racing Extinction is a film which presents some hard facts about extinction of our race, planets and its beings.
Oscar winner of the best documentary in 2009, (THE COVE) Louie Psihoyos has partnered with some very interesting artists and activists to bring out another powerful commentary on the increasing extinction of species of our planet and the potential extinction of the human race itself.
The film is well crafted, with various styles mixed together in his direction. Secret meetings with known criminals in the line of smuggling and trading of endangered species, companies who exploit loop holes or public ignorance of the dire situation facing our oceans and the life therein, individuals who flaunt their ego in the celebration of safari murders and the like.
The scenes are disturbing for anyone who has a heart for animals or the beauty of our planet. The cruelty and ignorance shown about the massacres of the marine life below and above the ocean unbelievable. The way traders, poachers and dealers attack the whale, the elephant, the shark, the manta ray of the bigger mammals is shocking and a wake up call for all of us.
But there is also the tragedy of the smaller beings. In the movie we can witness the last living entity of a type of frog, a bird both of which have since died and therefore the line of their ancestors too.
While the information is tragic, the dedication of the crew is inspiring and there is a hope that comes through the apparently helplessness of the situation. But as director Louie points out all too clearly – WE NEED TO ACT NOW – on every level albeit how small.
We all need to take decisions on a daily basis to offset the enormity of the task to reverse the death of the oceans, the reefs, the species and ourselves. That we all cut down on our selfish tastes especially if it be shark fin soup, ray mousse or whale meat. Better still become vegan!!!
Methane gas accounts for a lot more than carbon dioxide pollution. Too many cows across the planet being harvested for the meat industry at the expense of our all too important tropical rain forests. Plus the dangers of methane gas that is starting to be released from enormous reservoirs below the polar caps. The gradual warming of the ice caps has evidence now of increasing methane gas bubbles.
Plankton is also a key. Without plankton our oxygen will eventually disappear, killing everything we now on the planet. (Everything that is except AI technology and the hybrid race of humanoid-robots which are being developed as we live now.) Plankton is down by 70% over the last thirty years so there is no time left to just wait and say mañana. Action has to be taken immediately.
The movie was made and released last year already so this is already OLD news. It was nominated for best documentary in 2016 but Louie Psihoyos did not win this time.
The climax of the movie come with a refreshing way to announce the problem in a way which will bring interest and joy. Some highly sophisticated projections of images connected to the theme with phrases, slogans and a myriad of images portraying those species and creatures in danger. on such impressive sites as the Empire Sate Building, and the UN.
This is a also a great way to inspire the apathetic crowds who have to wake up to the plight of the animal kingdom and soon our own. Message without the didactic finger wagging.
Full marks to this movie that has to be seen by everyone on this planet. Please make it your duty now to see this film and take action today.
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