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The name is a bit of a giveaway, but here is a brief synopsis: “In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet.” Think over-fishing, shark-finning, illegal trade of animal products, whaling, agriculture, etc.
Perhaps one day humans will have the tools to fix some of their mistakes, 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 Discovery’s phenomenal new movie will surely spur the most belligerent of us into action.
We’re no longer creeping towards the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, nor are we on the cusp of it: we’re IN it.
You’ve probably not even noticed, but it doesn’t take a cataclysmic disaster to trigger one of these events, such as an asteroid impact or supervolcano eruption. Although arguably, there has been a relatively 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, just to name a few.
Now, before any of the half-witted deniers of the human impact on our planet creep in to waste any more of our precious time
originally posted by: Aqualung2012
Just finished watching it, and I have to say I did learn a few things, and I did get that chill you get when you're reminded that people, (and likely the entire ecosystem) is totally screwed. But honestly, I wasn't really all that impressed.
Maybe that's indicative of my being desensitized to the subject, since I "realized" the weight of what's going on months ago, which actually caused a bit of a break-down for me at the time. Maybe it's because I'm a disgusting human tumor like the rest of us and I can't really grasp it... but it was more beautiful and "cool" in its cinematography that it was "shocking" or "moving."
I'm going with the tumor bit though.
Anyone who stands to say everything's fine and we're not completely trashing our Planet is a "half-wit" at best, and this film will be a testament to that fact. (I'm all for a spirited debate, and I'm not above changing my viewpoint should it be proven false, but this is not an example of one of those times.)