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Sigourney Weaver – Swimming In A Sea Of Acid

October 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Sigourney Weaver Acid Test movie tackles the issue of rapid ocean acidification brought about by our wanton burning of fossil fuel.

Sigourney Weaver’s article at Huffington Post about her latest movie, a documentary called Acid Test, is quite frankly a sobering read. Produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and originally aired on Discovery Planet Green, Acid Test is a groundbreaking documentary focusing on the rapid acidification of our oceans. She says scientists are “freaked out” by this problem, I am and you will be, too, after watching the film.

All along, we were thinking that the main problem we’re facing, in relation to the world’s oceans, are the rising sea levels brought about by melting polar ice caps, due to global warming. Acidification is an equally bigger threat and strikes at the very core of marine life diversity since it will ultimately destroy the ocean’s food webs, as we know these today.

Carbon dioxide mixed with seawater will increase that water’s acidity. Every day, 22 million tons of carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuel (coal and oil) in our vehicles, factories, and power plants, mix with the ocean water. At this rate, by 2100, the acidity of the ocean is projected to double the level of acidity in pre-industrial times. What this means is that shelled organisms, like planktons and corals will be totally decimated. Without these two – plankton food and coral shelter – all the other marine creatures will also die.

Scientists are hopeful that we will all come to our senses and move to prevent this catastrophe from happening, before it’s too late. On the personal level, we can all contribute in the drive to reduce carbon emissions by walking or biking more than you drive, recycling, and avoiding conspicuous consumption.

On a larger scale, we all have to move in unison and help others be informed about this danger of ocean acidification, and persuade our senators to pass a vigorous climate bill now.

Take action now.

You can go to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) web site and petition your senator to take immediate action on the climate bill. If you want to arrange a family viewing of Acid Test, you can also request for a DVD copy and action kit to be mailed to you.

Most of us won’t be around when this disaster will be full-blown at the turn of the century. But, if we do nothing today, we are gravely endangering the lives and well-being of our children and grand children who will most certainly be there.

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