At the Montclair Public Library tonight, the feature documentary Call of Life: The Role of Mass Extinction” will be screened, offering a sobering look at how gravely the loss of animal species will affect the world and its peoples.
In the trailer, I was surprised to hear that in 10 years earth may lose one half of the species currently on the planet and, at least according to one expert, “this is the biggest crisis since we came out of our caves ten thousand years ago.”
The documentary has gathered several awards, including from International Wildlife Film Festival, Santa Cruz Film Festival, and the Reel Earth Film Festival, and is described on its website an examination of the ” collective and individual responses that will be needed to mitigate the impacts of the mass extinction and makes clear the critical choices we have before us. We face the potential of the natural world devastated beyond recognition, with the loss of human life in the billions. Yet, we still have time to avert the worst of the crisis and save much of the biosphere, if we act now.” Included are thought provoking interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders.
An open discussion will follow the film, which is brought to the public by the Green Film Series, hosted at the Library on the third Thursday of each month by the Montclair Environmental Affairs office and Community Green.
Screening gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue. All events at the Library are free.