“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King
Last night on Discovery Channel we watched “Racing Extinction”, a sobering documentary by filmmaker, Loui Psihoyos, along with activists, scientists, photographers and others which shines a light on mankind’s role in a potential loss of at least half of the world’s species. The following reflects our thoughts about this important film.
It seems… all the people we know are already doing something by being a voice for conservation on both land and sea, as well as, making considered changes in their daily living to help conserve natural resources. We believe it is our government officials who are selling out the world by not enacting, and strictly enforcing, conservation laws. So long as we can have a dentist from America purchase a license to kill a lion in Africa, the problem will persist.
SHARK FINS BAKING IN THE SUN
We’re certain seeing all those shark fins baking in the sun on a rooftop in Hong Kong, sickened us all to the core. Let alone, the futile sound of a Hawaiian male songbird, the last of its species, singing for a female that is no more. Some will comment, “I can’t watch it. It is too hard to watch this documentary.” This is understandable. Yet, we see it all as being somewhat on par as when WWII, General Eisenhower ordered every citizen of Gotha, Germany to tour the local concentration camp. After touring the camp, the mayor of the town hanged himself. People must watch, otherwise, it is too easy for some to deny personal responsibility and their ignorance by saying, “Hey, I only killed one lion. I did not kill them all.”
RACING EXTINCTION: THOUGHTS
Change can and will happen if others are made to watch. Our friends are the first to watch and embrace the cause. But, the ones who need to watch, are the modern day equivalent of the wartime citizens of Gotha. We congratulate the filmmakers for making a captivating documentary that is both necessary and thought-provoking. Mother Earth is singing. Answer her call…