The "Extinction Sucks" series and Other Ecological Films
Tasmanian Devil crossing. Photo via Flickr: by BotheredbyBees
Two Australian friends throw a "Missing Horn" funk night at the local pub to drum up funds for anti-poaching teams in Nepal saving the one-horned rhino. Ashleigh Young and Aleisha Caruso are on a crusade to help save wildlife from loss of habitat and drought due to climate change, poaching, plastic and other threats to endangered animals. That's the premise of this original web series, called "Extinction Sucks" on Babelgum's web platform. The eco-pals explore a different creature each show, from sea turtles to Tasmanian Devils, gallivanting around the world and panhandling for the cause with a charming sort of outrage. In association with the WWF International, the two single-handedly rev up concern over marine life choking on plastic bags and the remaining 2,500 rhinos. The informative and entertaining webisodes on Babelgum are webcast on its Our Earth channel, which also posts the film "Downstream," by Leslie Iwerk, about Canada's oil sands operations, written about recently in treehugger, plus Eco-Action, 146 videos, from two to 15 minutes, about everything from Iceland's melting glaciers to greening Britain's soccer fields.
Reduce your "ecological backpack" with reused Ts. Photo via Flickr: by TeecyleTim
The 3-year-old website also has channels for short films, videos, and music, as a low-cost way to present "content." The second annual Babelgum Film Festival Awards, chaired by Spike Lee, were recently presented at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. The shortlist and nominees are available for viewing. Check out "Rebel with a Cause" which tells tales about the t-shirt and its "ecological backpack" (the amount of resources used to produce the 200 gram garment) and why it's called "the shirt of the dead whites" in Africa.