Last week I had the privilege to attend a Discovery Channel film screening at the London Zoo (thanks John Cousins). The main event: Racing Extinction, a documentary about the illegal trade in endangered wildlife, and the mass extinction that humans are driving at this very moment. Wondering if it matters if species are going extinct? Read this.
The director’s last documentary, The Cove, won an Oscar and opened people’s eyes to the slaughter of dolphins that goes on in Japan. This new piece is similarly harrowing – investigative journalism with a very important message. It’s a must-see if you’re at all concerned about the fate of life on this planet.
You can see Racing Extinction on Wednesday 2nd December at 9pm, your local time, on the Discovery Channel.
I’m at it again! Here’s a new guest blog post for SciLogs.com titled ‘Insights of Evolutionary Psychology: Humans Are Not Special’.
“appreciating our position in the grand scale of evolutionary history is key to inspiring people to preserve our planet and the other species we share it with”
Hope you enjoy.
Most people probably don’t realise it but we are currently in the 6th mass extinction event that our planet has ever known! The last one, the K-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) extinction 65 million years ago, wiped out the dinosaurs and 75% of the species alive at the time – another saw as many as 95% of species disappear. The KT extinction was probably triggered by a large asteriod hitting the earth and causing major changes to the global climate, which could have lasted thousands of years. This one has been called the Holocene or Anthropocene extinction and is being clearly caused by HUMAN ACTIVITY. When we think of it in geological terms it becomes frighteningly obvious that we are making very rapid and unnatural changes to the biodiversity on this planet. Most extinction events lasted for thousands of years yet the current one has been noticeable in just the last 50! This does not bode well for the future; this is our warning! It is our responsibility to recognise and react to this devastating situation and start making serious conservation progress, before we see mass ecosystem collapse. It’s not just a moral obligation but a matter of the survival and well-being of our own species as inhabitants of this planet. So spread the word and stop hoping that someone else will sort out the world’s problems.
This symbol represents the current mass extinction, click it, draw it, spread it around and help raise awareness.