Pollution. Overfishing. Deforestation.
Poaching. Climate Change. Overconsumption of Meat.
The clock is ticking and time is running out.
If you remember watching an Academy Award-winning documentary called The Cove in 2009 by filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, you will remember vivid pictures of dolphins being slaughtered in the waters of Japan. The Cove brought forth cries of outrage with its exposed footage of dolphins being killed by the thousands for food consumption. Psihoyos is at it again but this time he is bringing extinction to light on a much bigger scale. The Cove is small potatoes compared to Racing Extinction. Premiering tonight on the Discovery Channel (9 pm EST/PST), Psihoyos’ thought-provoking documentary will be airing in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe followed by a special screening at the Sundance Festival plus a limited showing in select theaters. Psihoyos exposes the negative impacts of poaching, meat production and climate change while journeying through over ten countries with over 2,000 hours of film footage shot over a period of six years.
Viewer discretion is advised. Racing Extinction takes you on a journey from a village an Indonesia where Manta ray gills are ripped out and sold to a restaurant in Santa Monica that was shut down after a sting operation discovered it was serving endangered whale to customers. But viewers can find solace in the fact that Racing Extinction be less graphic than the blood and gore that was portrayed in The Cove. “The Cove got the reputation of being a horror film, and a lot of people didn’t end up seeing it that we thought should have,” Psihoyos says. “Racing Extinction is a thriller, but we kept a lot of the violence out of this one. We wanted to create a film that could incite change at all ages, bringing families together to watch and make an impact.”
Psihoyos and his team are hoping that Racing Extinction will open the eyes and ears of all who watch it. The extinction of species not only impacts flora and fauna, but mankind as well. “Humankind is part of a web of life, not a pyramid with man on top,” says Psihoyos. When you start losing the small things…everything else begins to fail.” He wants the audience to realize that there is more than one factor that is driving what scientists are calling the “the sixth mass exctinction.” Not only does Racing Extinction focus on poaching and the black market meat trade, but the documentary also covers how meat production through cows and other livestock is increasing the output of greenhouse gases and climate change.
Fortunately, viewers can also find hope in Racing Extinction. Psihoyos and his team filmed several wildlife activists and their heroic efforts to save various endangered species. In addition, the documentary covers advances in environmental technology that are making a change for the better. What is even better is the challenge Racing Extinction offers to its audiences through the #Startwith1Thing initiative for reducing one’s carbon footprint on a day to day basis.
If you are reading this article, I highly encourage you to go and watch Racing Extinction. After watching the film, I challenge you to find simple and creative ways to reduce your own carbon footprint. Ride your bike to work. Buy a water bottle. Recycle as much as you can. Turn off the lights. Share your carbon footprint reducing ideas with family and friends! The clock is ticking and time is running out to save our home. Let’s build up those muscles and win the race against extinction!
*You can check out the Trailer for Racing Extinction clicking on the link below:
***Also, check out their website:
- Ryan, Patrick. “Discovery Project is racing to stop ‘Extinction”. USA Today. USA Today Online. 1 December, 2015. Web. Accessed 2 December, 2015.