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13 March, 2016

Racing Extinction

Scientists predict that humanity’s footprint on the planet may cause the loss of 50% of all species by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction in Earth’s history, following the fifth great extinction which took out the dinosaurs.

Our era is called the Anthropocene, or “Age of Man,” because evidence shows that humanity has sparked a cataclysmic change of the world’s natural environment and animal life. Yet, we are the only ones who can stop the change we have created.

The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), the group behind the Academy Award-winning film The Cove, is back with a new groundbreaking documentary. Joined by new innovators, this highly charged, impassioned collective of activists brings a voice to the thousands of species teetering on the very edge of life. The director has crafted an ambitious mission to clearly and artfully pull into focus our impact on the planet, while inspiring us all to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving, biodiverse world for future generations.

A documentary by Louie Psihoyos.

Watch the trailer:

Oncoming screenings

Place: Thessaloniki, Greece

Screening room: OLYMPION: Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 23:00

Screening room: OLYMPION: Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 18:00

The documentary coincides with a very promising new discovery which may provide a real solution for one of the most serious ecological problems: the accumulation of plastic and its serious impact on many species. According to a group of biologists in Japan, the newfound species — named Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 — breaks down the plastic by using two enzymes to hydrolyze poly[ethylene terephthalate], or PET, into its two environmentally benign monomers, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

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