Louie Psihoyos, renowned photographer, director of The Cove documentary and co-founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), is making a new environmental documentary called The Heist. The film is about mass extinction and species loss caused by humans, with the goal of inspiring a cultural shift toward protecting biodiversity. “The film follows a group of unlikely activists as they carry out a bold mission to bring a voice to the thousands of species on the brink of extinction,” stated OPS. Motherboard called Louie Psihoyos a “real life Steve Zissou,” and Psihoyos himself expressed that the people featured in the film are “kind of an Ocean’s Eleven team.” It sounds like The Heist is action-packed and full of mystery and intrigue–not what you would expect from a typical environmental film. But perhaps that’s just what people need to get inspired to take action.
According to the film’s Kickstarter page, “It’s estimated that half the species on the planet could disappear by the end of this century. But not if we can help it.” Thousands of species on earth could be extinct within our lifetimes, but few people are talking about it. A major cause of species loss is the acidification of the ocean, also known as “the other CO2 problem,” which is changing the chemistry of our oceans. Excess CO2 isn’t just a problem for the air that we breathe; it’s also a serious problem for our oceans.
Extinction is Forever. Loss of species is permanent. The environmental damages that humans are inflicting on the planet have tremendous consequences. The burning of fossil fuels impacts our atmosphere and our oceans in devastating ways. We must act now before it’s too late. We can each make a difference. Get involved. Get inspired. Watch The Heist trailer.