The incredible Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), who previously produced Academy-Award winner The Cove (2009) have done it again with their new documentary “Racing Extinction.” For those of you who may not have heard of this hard-hitting new film, rest assured that it pulls no punches in outlining the severity of the crisis we on Earth face in halting the sixth mass extinction event in known history.

This particular mass extinction, unlike the five that occurred previously, has been primarily caused by human activity, with climate change and environmental pollution topping the list of causatory factors.  In an interview with TheLipTV earlier this year, “Racing Extinction” director Louie Psihoyos said, “I’ve got faith, because documentaries are a powerful, powerful weapon. If you see (Racing Extinction) you have a chance to change people’s hearts. … The point of the documentary is to make a difference.”

And now, you will have a chance to check it out for yourself, as the documentary is at last premiering in theaters across the U.S. Click here for a list of screening locations near you! The trailer can be seen here.

There are many actions you can take to help tackle the problem of mass extinction. Reducing or eliminating your consumption of meat and dairy products, for example, has the power to make a huge impact. Intensive animal agriculture has been a leading cause of species extinction worldwide, largely driven by the deforestation of important habitats such as the Amazon rainforest. Between March and April 2010, a section of rainforest almost ten times larger than the entire Manhattan area was cleared, with 70 percent of this land being set aside for cattle ranching. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent.

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it is One Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future.

By choosing to eat more plant-based foods you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock. With the wealth of available plant-based options available, it has never been easier to eat with the planet in mind. To learn more about how you can help species through your food choices, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign.

The $44 billion dollar palm oil industry, too, has been a major driving factor behind the decline of the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan. Meanwhile, 700 marine animal species are under threat because of the massive amounts of plastic waste that we humans produce every day. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, in particular – which stretches from the West Coast of North America all the way to the eastern coast of Japan – is causing untold destruction to the wildlife of the area, and has been termed “a cancer in the oceans.” Luckily, though, innovative and determined individuals such as Boyan Slat of the Ocean Cleanup campaign are determined to put an end to the catastrophe.

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