Documentary Film: Revolution

May 29, 2015

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Film Review of Revolution
By Barbara Spring author of The Dynamic Great Lakes

As a young man who loves the oceans, and Earth’s living things, Rob Stewart has produced an award winning documentary film to show us what is being destroyed by the hand of man. The film is personal and heartfelt. It is eye opening and needs to be seen.

The photography is beautiful and shows coral reefs, tropical rain forests (the lemurs in Madagascar are especially enchanting) and just when I was entranced by all the beauty, the film shows the devastation of coral reefs caused by global warming and the effects of too much CO2 in the air; how the rain forests in Madagascar are being cleared due to human population growth and the need for more housing so the rare animals are losing their habitats.

Shocking film of the tar sands operations in Canada show how the forests are being burned and toxic wastes released into the air, earth and water. As a Canadian Stewart takes this personally

He shows some very basic ideas: how phytoplankton in the oceans produce the oxygen we all need and the loss of phytoplankton through the acidification of the oceans.

The documentary makes the point that corporations which profit immensely from polluting the Earth and governments that should be regulating these operations cannot be counted on to change: it is up to us. It is up to us as citizens to educate our communities.

Youth has the most at stake. A sixth grade teacher in the Orient taught her students about finning sharks, the practice of removing shark fins for soup.They worked to get this practice changed. (I know grass root changes such as this can work since I have worked on the ban of DDT where I live. Eventually DDT was banned in the U.S. and Canada.)

Stewart encourages us to work together to get corporations and government bodies to make changes. The problems are world wide and we are all in this together. He admits that in making the film he flew to many areas burning CO2 as flew in jets.

The film’s sound could have been better—I missed a few spoken words here and there—but it is a powerful film. I hope Stewart will continue in this important work.


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