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Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

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Louie Psihoyos

Writer:

Mark Monroe
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louie Psihoyos ... Himself - Undercover Investigator
Heather Dawn Rally ... Herself - Undercover Investigator (voice) (as Heather Rally)
Michael Novacek ... Himself - Curator of Paleontology
Christopher W. Clark ... Himself - Johnson Senior Scientist (as Dr. Christopher W. Clark)
Kirk Johnson ... Himself - National Museum of Natural History
Ady Gil ... Himself - Protester
Shawn Heinrichs ... Himself - Marine Conservationist
Paul Hilton ... Himself - Photojournalist
Charles Hambleton ... Himself - Undercover Investigator
David Doubilet David Doubilet ... Himself - National Geographic Photographer
Jerry Greenberg ... Himself - Underwater Photographer
John Veron ... Himself - Former Chief Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science (as Dr. J.E.N. Charlie Veron)
Elizabeth Kolbert ... Herself - Author of 'The Sixth Extinction'
Synte Peacock ... Herself - National Center for Atmospheric Research
Alan Barton ... Himself - Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery
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Storyline

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for "Racing Extinction". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that ... Written by OPS

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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John Veron: A mass extinction is driven by a change in the environment. And we are changing the environment precisely along the lines that can trigger off one of these great catastrophes. There's been five mass extinctions, and they've had different causes, but there's been one common factor in all of them: a massive increase in carbon dioxide. And you've never had a carbon dioxide spike like is happening now.
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This should be mandatory. Everybody obliged to watch this.
19 February 2016 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

This should be a mandatory documentary in schools or on television. Everybody should be obliged to watch Racing Extinction. Not tomorrow but today. Even though I think it is already too late. Not that we could not change everything if everybody would act and think rationally. But that's the problem of our planet. Most people are driven by greed, possession, having everything as fast as possible, mass consumption etc... Nobody seems to care what the future will be for their children. I have none, and will never have any, but I'm still concerned about what we are doing to our planet. We humans are the parasite of the Earth. It could be reversed but I honestly have not much hope. Anyways, watch this, it's sometimes beautiful, sometimes very hard, but it's the truth. I cried like almost a third of the documentary, but it was worth watching it. I can only recommend this highly!


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