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"Racing Extinction:" a sobering look at what man has done to the natural world

If you're looking for a warm, fuzzy feeling that we as human beings can turn this climate disaster around, "Racing Extinction" isn't the film to watch. It's hard to feel hopeful after watching this brilliantly done but heartwrenching documentary-- it's about an hour and 20 minutes of grim reality and about 10 minutes of a small glimmer of hope. However, the bottom line is, there IS hope. There are things we can do to help our ailing planet. But first, we must understand how important our oceans are to the health of the natural environment.

Required viewing: "Racing Extinction"

It's the other-worldly footage of the wonders under the sea that I found the most compelling in "Racing Extinction." In my view, a person just CAN'T turn a blind eye to the environmental crisis when you look at the majestic beauty of a breaching whale, the graceful fluttering of a manta ray, the fierce wonder of a gliding shark. One HAS to want to save these amazing beings from destruction. As the wellness and existence of each of these sea creatures (and millions more) are threatened by climate change and carbon dioxide emissions (a significant portion of which come from livestock), we all have to realize how important it is to take care of our oceans. Without marine life and the health of our seas, our whole planet eco-system will break down.

What the film states so powerfully is that there's so much natural life, particularly marine life, that we as human can't even see or hear. Rumblings, humming, singing, chirping, buzzing, swishing, bubbling...all natural phenomena "under the surface" and all around us that could disappear, species by species. Gone forever. Man's gross abuse and neglect of the natural world around us is the culprit-- our over-consumption of meat (which I previously blogged about here), over-fishing of precious sea creatures like sharks, driving too much, walking and biking too little, planting too few trees, using too much energy, opting for fossil fuel-operated vehicles, choosing single-use plastic bottles instead of reusable water bottles...the list goes on. We know how to make better choices...but the question is, is there enough time?

There's no question that we have to act now. WE MUST. There's just no other option. But we don't have to turn our world upside down. Small changes, they count. Choose one thing to start with. One do-able change that you can make permanently. Here are some suggestions:

*Cut your meat consumption down to only three meals per week.

*Choose not to drive your car at all one day a week.

*Ban single-use water bottles from your home and your life permanently.

*Ride your bike or walk to work once a week.

*Make sure the lights are only on in one room at a time in your home at night.

*Choose an electric vehicle as your next car.

Everyone's lifestyle is somewhat different; some changes make sense for you while others make sense for your neighbor. The expectation is not perfection, but rather PROGRESS. "Racing Extinction" is scary to watch, but also eye-opening and if nothing else, truly a call to action. We're all in this together, we must work to save our "common home."

2 comments

Feb 09, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Would like to see that film and thank you for the suggestions. They are helpful tips.

Jan 08, 2016 • Posted by John Carter

All but the electric car I do all the time now and the car will definitely be next

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