Film: Call of Life – Fellowship of Humanity    

Film: Call of Life

Posted by Humanist Hall on August 25, 2012as , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,




Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 pm

Call of Life

by Species Alliance, including

David Ulansey and Monte Thompson




All over the world species are becoming extinct at an astonishing rate, from 1000 to 10,000 times faster than normal.  The loss of biodiversity has become so severe that scientists are calling it a mass extinction event.  Call of Life is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity.  This unique film examines the collective and individual responses that will be needed to mitigate the impacts of the mass extinction.  It makes clear the critical choices we have before us.  We face the potential of the natural world devastated beyond recognition, with the loss of human life in the billions.  Yet, we still have time to avert the worst of the crisis and save much of the biosphere, if we act now.  The first step is to create broad public awareness of the problem — its magnitude and its implications.  Only then can our whole society begin to recognize the systemic changes that will be required. 


Researchers have identified six primary direct drivers of extinction and all are the result of human behavior:  habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, climate change, over-exploitation of resources, and above all — the factor that magnifies all the others — human overpopulation. Any of these drivers can wreak havoc by itself, but in combination with each other and with other social and environmental factors, their cumulative effects are devastating. The mass extinction will not be slowed or averted until each of these direct drivers is controlled or eliminated.  The solution is clear:  in order to save our planet and secure a future for our own species and all species, we need a new worldview.  We must recognize that technology alone cannot save us.  We must realize that business-as-usual is no longer an option.  Instead, we need to create fundamental change in our culture, our minds, and our hearts.  Unique among all human generations, those of us alive today have been given a great opportunity:  one last chance to preserve the vitality and magnificence of the living planet that brought us into being, and is our only home.



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