Documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart doesn’t believe there is any such thing as a lost cause. In 2007, he released a film that aimed to rehabilitate the image of sharks—feared and hated after Jaws and other scary movies—so that audiences would think twice about the widespread mistreatment of many endangered species due to overfishing. While he was underwater with the sharks, his eyes were opened to the dismal outlook for all the creatures of the sea—including mankind.
On Earth Day, April 22, Stewart’s environmental documentary, Revolution, will be released in U.S. theaters and VOD. The film focuses on the ocean’s rapidly depleting marine habitats due to acidification caused by the burning of fossil fouls, carbon dioxide pollution that has already done significant damage to fisheries, reefs, and phytoplankton—natural and essential resources for the oxygen humans need to exist. Stewart and many ocean scientists believe we’re close to a tipping point—perhaps as soon as 2048—when ocean life could collapse to a degree that would have dramatic consequences on life on Earth.
Revolution debuted to acclaim at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, and the upcoming release includes more than 15 minutes of new footage. “The conservation movement is the biggest that has ever existed,” says Stewart, in a statement. “It should be winning the battle to save our world… all that’s missing is awareness. We hope by releasing Revolution in this exciting way that we can help educate and empower everyone to get involved.”