[Marxism] The Serengeti Rules | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2019/05/10/the-serengeti-rules/

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