Rob Stewart Starts a Revolution
Rob Stewart‘s goal is to “morally bind you to making better decisions for the future.”
The shark protector and GreenHero recently spoke at the Royal Ontario Museum on World Oceans Day to promote his message of conservation: each of us has the power to enact change. The key is to become aware of our impact, know how we can change things and then make informed decisions.
Rob said that most people wouldn’t consume shark or do other environmentally dangerous activities if they knew that such practices seriously threaten the fish, corral and other things underwater that we depend on.
The shark finning industry has made it difficult to avoid shark fin soup. One shark food item’s dishonest title can be translated to “fish wing soup” — people don’t even necessarily that it contains shark in it and so can’t avoid it without being aware.
Shark fin has been banned in cities and other places all around the world. The various campaigns to ban shark fin prove that, by speaking out, citizens can help the earth. Rob showed a very moving film about a class of grade six students in Saipan who, inspired by Sharkwater, wrote to their Governor to ban shark finning, a key in prompting the second shark fin ban in the world.
But Rob’s work involves much more than raising awareness about the importance of sharks. At the talk he promoted his upcoming documentary Revolution, a story about “the evolution of life on earth and the Revolution to save it.”
The message of the film, slated for a fall 2012 release at the Toronto International Film Festival, is that we must balance ocean ecosystems if we want to protect what we need for survival. Rob provide a page of sustainable fish for human consumption at the event.
Rob showed clips of Revolution at the event. The footage is stunning. Check out his photographs of the making of Revolution from the Facebook Page for the film.
Watch Rob’s talk online.
Learn more about what you can do to help our world’s ecosystems by checking out Rob’s non-profit organization United Conservationists.