Thursday, July 16, 2015

It's Time for a Revolution

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In his 1961 inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy stated:
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life."
It's fifty-four years later and we now have the power to abolish ALL forms of life. Period. Unless we change now.

Photographer/biologist, turned movie-maker, Rob Stewart made his documentary debut in 2007 with Sharkwater. In it, Stewart shows us how sharks have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. His remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

Stewart's latest effort is RevolutionIt premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already gone on to win ten awards, including the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film covers a variety of topics including ocean acidification, climate change, deforestation, and pollution. Alarming statistics are presented to illustrate the gravity of our current environmental situation, and how humans have negatively impacted our planetary health. Stewart maintains:

"We don't have a carbon problem, we have a human problem."
With 75% of the world's forests gone to deforestation, world fisheries due to collapse by 2048, and the daily extinction of plant and animal species, one has to ask: What major calamity has to occur before we humans decide to make the changes necessary to reverse, and heal, the damage we have created? And will it be too late to do anything about it?

"No civilization has ever survived the ongoing destruction of their natural support systems. Nor will ours."-Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute)
Rob Stewart's Revolution reminds us that we need to begin by evolving our mindsets and concepts, and harnessing the power of individuals to cooperate with each other to affect change.

Watch the movie. Share it. Save the planet and save ourselves.

Until next time...become the change you imagine.


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