RESISTANCE CINEMA Presents “A SEA CHANGE” Niijii Films, Produced and Directed by Barbara Ettinger, Producers Sven Huseby,Susan Cohn Rockefeller, Associate Producer Ben Kalina, 2009, 85 minutes
Guest Speaker: AHMAD SHIRAZI
WHEN: Sunday October 25th, 1:15pm
WHERE: Community Church of NYC Gallery Room 28 East 35th st. @ Park ave.
ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated
Imagine a world without fish.
It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. How will he explain this to his oldest grandchild Elias? His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of. Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.
The film documents how the pH balance of the oceans has changed dramatically since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution: a 30% increase in acidification. With near unanimity, scientists now agree that the burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry. Experts predict that over the next century steady increases in carbon-dioxide emissions and the continued rise in the acidity of the oceans will cause most of the world’s fisheries to experience a total bottom-up collapse – a stae that could last for millions of years.