Thursday, April 22, 2010

Disneynature Sets Out to Save the Oceans - by Stephanie Feldstein

Last Earth Day, Disneynature released the movie Earth. As you might imagine, I've seen a lot of nature shows over the years, but the footage in this film blew me away. It was visually incredible and, in true Disney fashion, told a story that you had no choice but to get emotionally invested in. But the movie was also honest. As they followed three families — polar bears, elephants and humpback whales — they let the animals speak for themselves without resorting to anthropomorphizing. Every animal didn't get a happy ending, because that's how it is in real life. It was an amazing movie, and I'm excited about the next installment, Oceans, released today.

The footage in Oceans shows a world that most people never see, but one that we all impact in our daily lives. The effects of climate change and toxic pollution are devastating on marine life. And all of that plastic in your life? Much of it ends up in the oceans. Off the coast of California, there is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating garbage dump twice the size of Texas, where plastic junk outnumbers sea life 6 to 1. It's impossible to fully clean up. As the Save My Oceans website says, "plastics, like diamonds, are forever." That's not good news for the fish, birds, and marine mammals who ingest or get tangled in the fatal debris.

I saw EARTH last year on Earth Day, and today I will be going to see Oceans with my niece and nephew.  To learn about the different creatures that share this planet with us.  If you want to make a difference for the ocean, please visit WWW.OCEANCONSERVANCY.ORG

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