February 2020 SR Movie
CALL OF LIFE: FACING THE MASS EXTINCTION
When: Wednesday, February 12, 7 pm
Where: Peacock Hall
CALL OF LIFE investigates the growing threat to earth’s life-support systems from the loss of biodiversity. If current trends continue, scientists warn that half or more of all plant and animal species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. Call of Life investigates the scope, the causes, and the predicted effects of this unprecedented loss of life, but also looks deeper, at the ways in which both culture and psychology have helped to create and perpetuate the situation. The film not only tells the story of a crisis in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more complex and threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.
60 minutes, with captions.
Our Speakers: Chase Martin and Maureen Forney
will share information about solutions and actions to take, and legal battles that have been successful. Chase worked with the Center for Biological Diversity on last year‘s petition drive to save the Endangered Species Act and has a professional background in Historic Preservation and lobbying. Maureen is a Certified California Naturalist and volunteers with both the Center for Biological Diversity (www.biologicaldiversity.org) and Great Old Broads for Wilderness (www.greatoldbroads.org).
The CBD is an international nonprofit organization which promotes legal actions, global policy advocacy, scientific studies, and creative media with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. Working to secure a future for all species of animals and plants, great and small, these advocates want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
If current trends continue, scientists warn that half or more of all plant and animal species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. In the words of the famous biologist Paul Ehrlich, “When we wipe out populations and species of other organisms, we’re sawing off the limb we’re sitting on”.