[Marxism] The Serengeti Rules | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Fri May 10 14:46:52 MDT 2019
It would be difficult to imagine a more timely film than “The Serengeti
Rules”, which arrived at the Quad Cinema in NY today and opens at the
Laemmle in L.A. next Friday. Last Monday the UN released a report that
made front page news everywhere. The Guardian led with these paragraphs:
Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the
Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s leading scientists
have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough
planetary health check ever undertaken.
From coral reefs flickering out beneath the oceans to rainforests
desiccating into savannahs, nature is being destroyed at a rate tens to
hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10m years,
according to the UN global assessment report.
The biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have
lost about half their area and a million species are at risk of
extinction – all largely as a result of human actions, said the study,
compiled over three years by more than 450 scientists and diplomats.
“The Serengeti Rules” is a profile of a group of scientists that could
be described as the most renowned of those who helped put together the
UN Report. Now in their seventies, by all appearance, they were focused
on researching biodiversity and formulating methods that could be used
to preserve it. The film notes summarize their role in trying to prevent
species extinctions that by the same token has the effect of preventing
the extinction of the biggest threat to biodiversity on the planet today—us.
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