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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:34 PM
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Species Exinction: "Entire Ecosystems May Face Irreversable Chain Reaction Collapse"
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 12:11 AM by Turborama
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpxmTZ02FXg
 
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JMO But I strongly feel that this must be one of the most important video clips ever uploaded to YouTube.

If current trends continue, one half of all species of life on Earth will be extinct in 100 years.
(E.O. Wilson, The Future of Life, p. 102)

One quarter of all mammal species face extinction in 30 years.
(United Nations, http://news.bbc.co.uk /)

For every person in the world to reach present U.S. levels of consumption we would need 4 more planet Earths.
(Wilson, http://www.lectures.org/wilson.html & The Future of Life p. 23)

Humans currently consume 50% of the Earth's available freshwater, leaving what's left over for all other species.
(World Wildlife Fund, http://www.panda.org /)

Humans currently consume 40% of all organic matter produced by photosynthesis on Earth, leaving what's left over for all other species.
(E.O. Wilson, The Future of Life, p. 33)

Every species of great ape on the Earth (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos) is in imminent danger of extiction.
(United Nations, http://news.bbc.co.uk /)

Every species of tiger on Earth is in imminent danger of extinction.
(World Wildlife Fund, http://web.archive.org /)

The number of lions left in Africa has fallen 90% in 20 years -- there are now only 20,000 remaining.
(BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk /)

90 percent of all large fishes have disappeared from the world's oceans in the past half century.
(Nature Magazine, http://www.cnn.com /)

On or about October 12, 1999, the world population reached six billion. It has continued to climb at an annual rate of 1.4 per cent, adding around 200,000 people each day or the equivalent of the population of a large city each week. The rate, although beginning to slow, is still basically exponential: the more people, the faster the growth. During the 20th century more people were added to the world than in all of previous history. In 1800, there had been about one billion; and in 1900, still only 1.6 billion.
(E.O. Wilson, excerpt from "The world is not enough", full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/f... )

Human population is expected to increase by at least 50% over the next 75 years.
(United Nations Population Division, http://www.enviroliteracy.org /)

From: http://www.speciesalliance.org/facts.php



Documentary Film

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is a documentary film that explores the mass extinction, its six main causes, the cultural myths and values that drive it, the psychology that underpins it, and the latest insights into natural systems that could help us turn back the tide. The mass extinction is the cumulative result of many causes, all of which are related to human activity. In interviews with eminent scientists and field biologists, we present the facts and evidence of the shocking decline as we consider the six primary drivers of extinction.

In interviews with leading psychologists, historians and anthropologists we examine the inextricable links between the extinction crisis and our social and economic problems, and explore the ways in which culture and psychology have conspired to determine our collective and individual response to this situation.

The film bridges disciplines to weave science, psychology, and cultural history into a clear and accessible story of our changing world. The audience is taken into the depths of the human psyche, through the toughest problems of our times and into the cutting edge of what nature has to teach us. The mass extinction is possibly the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced, and it is those of us alive today who have been given the responsibility - and great opportunity - of stopping it.

Public Relations Campaign

The feature length documentary film Call of Life will be submitted to major festivals and be made available for theatrical distribution. Comprehensive press packages, including DVD's, CD graphics and photographs, reviews, and feature story possibilities, will be distributed to national and regional newspapers, media trade periodicals, news magazines, wire services, and syndicates as well as to broadcast and online news outlets.

From: http://www.speciesalliance.org/projects.php


(I've been trying to find out when the full documentary is being released with no luck)
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 04:53 AM
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1. Nicely made video. Now, how much would it cost
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 04:54 AM by Ghost Dog
to ram that message home to the majority through the MSM cable-TV propaganda system in the US? ... Or, would it be necessary to take down the corporate-owned media, and then build more honest, open and peer-reviewed communications systems first?

Unless internet and other forms of samizdat prove to be sufficient.

Then, we might see some action.
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 05:55 AM
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2. Impressive-and frightening.
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