This might be the most important thing I put on @instagram. These films have changed my life because I was ignorant for a long time. I certainly don't know everything but these films made me need to learn more and led me to change in many ways.
Here's the short version: my wife and I fell in love with scuba diving on our honeymoon. Experiencing this whole new world beneath the surface was incredible. Naturally, when we got home, I wanted more.
Getting my first scuba cert wasn't enough. I wanted to be surrounded by the ocean all the time. So, I started watching documentaries about the ocean. First, #PlanetEarth, then #BluePlanet, and one after another, until I found @racingextinction.
I had no idea one film and one message would affect me so deeply.
The thing I'd come to love - the ocean - was dying. The ocean, the animals, the whole planet, really. And it took that movie for me to see it. I watched it at least 20 times. I had to go deeper. I researched and watched more. The Cove, Mission Blue, Cowspiracy, Virunga, What The Health, Before The Flood, The Ivory Game, Chasing Coral... I had to make a change. Start with 1 thing... First, meatless Mondays. Then, no beef. Then, meatless, period. Straight vegetarian. That was almost 3 years ago.
The point is that I was willfully ignorant, and lived life that way. If I chose not to listen or learn or care, I'm not obligated to do anything, right? Wrong.
Now, I know. And yeah, it kinda sucks. In March, the last male white rhino died. The last one. There won't be any more. They're gone. At the beginning of 2017, there were about 30 vaquita left in the world - the world's smallest porpoise. Now, there are about 12 . The ocean could cover the Maldives soon, not to mention Miami. The Great Barrier Reef is dying. 90% of the world's sharks are gone. The Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra is being cleared out for palm oil (the crap in snack foods that's already killing you from the inside). The only place in the world where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist, might be gone soon, too.
There's certainly some good happening, thanks to those who care but we could all do more. Please do. #startwith1thing #earthday