Film: Racing Extinction

When the buying stops, the killing can too

Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (who also directed The Cove, Academy Award winning film 2010) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues on endangered species and mass extinction by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.

The film deals with several examples of the overarching theme of Anthropocene extinction. This era of Anthropocene extinction which we are currently in has been predicted by Scientists that our human species will be susceptible to the loss of half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe that we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history; the fifth of such took out the dinosaurs.

Giving a voice to the thousands of species at risk of extinction, an unlikely team of activists is out to expose the worlds of endangered species across the globe where they are shown pushing boundaries by infiltrating notorious black markets with guerrilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment.

The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of

creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat surrounds us in the form of secrets kept within the oil and gas companies which makes us oblivious to the ongoing environmentally harmful activities. Director Louie Psihoyos has concocted an ambitious mission to call attention to our impact on the planet, while inspiring others to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations.

This film is essential in inciting a sense of urgency and instilling hope to the cause, as it provides solutions to this very self- destructive activity, which, us humans have been responsible for. This film conveys two important messages; one, that the variety of species on Earth is beautiful and spectacular, and two, that we as humans have a part in conserving it. It is the spark to change the thoughts and attitudes of people to inspire change for the greater good of all.

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