Between climate change and a burgeoning international wildlife trade, biodiversity is in big trouble. We’re in the midst of Earth’s sixth mass extinction, losing species at a rate up to 100 times higher than normal. But much of this massive disappearing act happens out of sight—and therefore, out of mind.
A new film by the Ocean Preservation Society and director Louie Psihoyos, the same team behind the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, makes the loss of life impossible to ignore by putting it on the big screen.
↓ Racing Extinction: Introduction
Racing Extinction follows a team of activists and artists as they go undercover to expose how human activity is decimating species around the globe, documenting everywhere from a restaurant in Los Angeles illegally serving whale meat to an Indonesian fishing village slaughtering manta rays. The scenes are grim, but the takeaway is one of hope: Human beings got us into this mess, and we can get us back out…but the clock is ticking.
↓ Racing Extinction director on his motivations for creating the film.
Clara Chaisson’s post first appeared in OnEarth.