Facing Extinction Together

By Lisa Milavic

Photo by Joel Sartore, http://www.joelsartore.com/galleries/the-photo-ark/

Photo by Joel Sartore, http://www.joelsartore.com/galleries/the-photo-ark/

            In the past decade, there have been memorable policy-changing environmental films such as An Inconvenient Truth and The Cove. This winter, we will be witness to another great documentary of our time: Racing Extinction. Unveiling the hidden worlds of international wildlife trade and oil and gas companies, the film team is going covert to shed light on big drivers of biodiversity extinction on our planet.

But more than just a trip to the movie theatre, Racing Extinction is going beyond the screen and inspiring people to commit to personal challenges to reduce their carbon footprints. Through a 5-day “carbon-cleanse”, you start building habits that lighten consumption and your wallet. You can join here. It's also a fun challenge to do with family, friends or co-workers.

On August 1st in New York City, thousands of people got to see species we are set to lose in the upcoming decades by looking to the sky. The Empire State Building served as a screen for a three-hour show called “Projecting Change” which displayed stunning images with work by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. "Film can change the world," says the film director, Louie Psihoyos. "I call it a weapon of mass construction. I'm hoping with this film and this event, we can raise awareness and start a movement."

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