About ten years ago, Rob Stewart was making the film Sharkwater under his questionable conviction that, "If people knew shark populations were decreasing by 90%, they'd do something."
A question from the audience at a preview changed everything for him: "What's the point of stopping shark finning if fisheries will collapse by 2048?"
Stewart immersed himself in the larger issues with the ocean, until he got to the point of recognizing that, "The only thing we can do which will control ocean acidification is to stop burning fossil fuels." So then he got on the climate change activism path until he recognized, "We know what to do... it's down to political will," and that "We don't just have a climate problem; we have a human problem." It took most of the film before he realized that all the planes he was taking to go around the world to talk about these issues and film animals might actually be adding to the problem.
All of the current problems are interrelated, and he didn't even touch on poverty and inequity. We do have to fix them all, but we can jump in anywhere. As we work we soon find the threads leading to the next issue. It can be overwhelming, but we just have to stay afloat and keep on track to slow down our own fossil fuel use while we work together to motivate politicians and corporations (by whatever means possible) to change the system before it's too late.
The film has beautiful images that remind us of what we're going to lose if we don't get our act together. It makes it all the more devastating.
You can buy or rent the movie here. For every movie sold, $1 will go to World Wildlife Fund.
Stewart also made a series of short educational videos. Here is more information on...
Ocean Acidification World Issue Video from Rob Stewart on Vimeo.
Deforestation World Issue Video from Rob Stewart on Vimeo.
Climate Change World Issue Video from Rob Stewart on Vimeo.
Overfishing World Issue Video from Rob Stewart on Vimeo.
Same the Humans:
Save the Humans World Issue Video from Rob Stewart on Vimeo.