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Racing Extinction

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction, activating change by instilling a sense of beauty and hope in every one of us.

Director: Louie Psihoyos
Year: 2015
Time: 90 min

 Racing Extinction
(2015) on IMDb

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Share RACING EXTINCTION with those in your life. In addition to our discussion guide, the film team offers a wide variety of engaging resources and guides to help bring the film to life through their website.

Take the RACING EXTINCTION quiz to see just how you are impacting the environment. The results offer a great opportunity to reflect on your actions and consider the far-reaching effect of your daily decisions.  

Embark on the Five-Day Carbon Cleanse, a way to begin fighting extinction through small actions. The challenge breaks the issues down into the categories of diet, energy, seafood, transportation, and advocacy.

Identify what triggers and inspires you into action by exploring the different ways in which the planet is affected by our lives and lifestyles. Visit the film’s Find an animal to save page to learn about some of the animals faced with extinction.   

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Humanity’s Role in Mass Extinction

“Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and his team of activists and innovators that made The Cove are back with a new mission to save more endangered species.”

Read the interview with the filmmaker here.

RACING EXTINCTION in Partnership With Discovery Education

“Incorporate this gripping film into your classroom instruction to inspire your students to tackle one of the most critical challenges facing their generation and ground them in the science behind these topics.”

Check out the Educational tools here.

The Five Worst Mass Extinctions

“Time periods in the history of life on Earth during which exceptionally large numbers of species go extinct are called mass extinctions. These extinctions are quite different from the rate of extinction, which occurs even when the diversity of life is increasing. Many species vanished in five cataclysmic mass extinctions and today, 99.9 percent of all species that have existed on Earth are extinct.”

Find out more here.

‘Case is Made’ for Anthropocene Epoch

“There is little doubt now that we have entered a new geological age, believes an international scientific panel.”

Continue reading on BBC.

How Leilani Munter Uses Racing To Raise Environmental Awareness

“I haven’t been to a gas station in a year and a half,” said Munter, 41. “The only time I go to a gas station now is if I want to buy a lottery ticket.”

Read the full article on ESPN.

Bioacoustics Research Program

“By listening in on the world’s creatures, we make it possible for their voices to be heard on critical conservation issues.”

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