SavingSpecies is thrilled to announce that it will offset the carbon costs of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’ new film Racing Extinction! From the Oscar-winning director of The Cove, Racing Extinction’s “team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet.”
The film highlights factors contributing to human-caused species extinctions. Footage and interviews with conservation luminaries expose destructive fishing tactics, clear cutting of tropical forests, and sources of carbon emissions that cause global warming. No surprise, then, that the Racing Extinction production team are acutely aware of the carbon costs of making their film. That’s where we come in.
Calculating a movie’s carbon costs
SavingSpecies first helped the producers calculate their carbon costs. We then assigned part of our project to reforest degraded land in Ecuador to offset the film’s carbon costs. The Ecuador project will sequester carbon from the atmosphere for decades while providing forest habitat for many endangered species. In this way, the Racing Extinction producers are addressing the two big issues their film addresses—the mass extinction currently underway and global warming.
Dr. Stuart Pimm, SavingSpecies’ president, appears in the film. He’s a global expert on extinctions and how to prevent them. He said, “We are thrilled to be a part of this visually-stunning and important film. We greatly admire what Louie and his team have accomplished with Racing Extinction. We are honored that the Racing Extinction chose to partner with us on being part of the solution to the two most urgent environmental problems facing the planet today: global warming and mass species extinction. Through offsetting the carbon costs of the making of the film, Louie is a model of good corporate citizenship and sustainability.”
Racing Extinction’s carbon offset donation will support SavingSpecies’ forest corridor restoration project in the north-west coastal region of Ecuador. It’s a corridor that, once restored, will help protect many species of birds, reptiles and amphibians, and mammals.
Protecting lowland Ecuador
SavingSpecies partnered with Ecuador-based non-profits Grupo Ecológico Jama-Coaque and Third Millennium Alliance, as well as the IUCN-Netherlands, to restore and expand coastal Ecuador’s tropical forests with native trees and vegetation. On the project’s completion, two of the region’s most important forest protected areas will be connected, providing more habitat for plants and wildlife, including several critically endangered species.
The species that will be helped include several that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) deems at risk of extinction on its Red List:
Birds: 260 species including 3 Endangered, 7 Vulnerable, 7 Near Threatened
Mammals: 20 species including 1 Critically Endangered, 1 Endangered, 3 Vulnerable, 3 Near Threatened
Amphibians: 28 species including 1 Critically Endangered, 1 Endangered, 3 Vulnerable, 3 Near Threatened
Reptiles: 47 species including 1 Endangered, 6 Vulnerable, 13 Near Threatened
The project will also help protect countless insect species like butterflies, and hundreds of plant species, including trees and orchids.
It means so much to us that a prestigious production like Racing Extinction has partnered with us to help fight global warming and mass species extinction at the same time!
Please take a moment to watch this visually sumptuous trailer for Racing Extinction.