WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ocean Conservancy's
Senior Research Scientist, Wallace J. Nichols, appears in Leonardo
DiCaprio's environmental documentary film, "The 11th Hour," to inform the
film's content on the issues of climate change and the ocean. "The 11th
Hour" premiers today in Los Angeles. Mr. Nichols joins an esteemed group of
thought leaders, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen
Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai in the film. "The 11th
Hour" documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global
warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of ocean
habitats are all addressed.
"It was an honor to be asked to work with Leo and the producers on 'The
11th Hour' because it offers an intensely honest and thorough look at our
planet's most urgent environmental problems and also the real solutions
that exist," said Dr. Nichols. "Climate change is the most pressing issue
we face because it affects most aspects of our environment, including the
ocean and its wildlife."
The ocean's temperature and currents dictate global climate, and
climate change, in turn, affects the ocean by altering the chemical
composition and temperature of the water. Ocean habitats and wildlife are
directly impacted by the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,
for instance, which is making ocean water more acidic, turning the water
corrosive and resulting in oxygen loss. The ocean is also warming, and
ocean life has responded by moving poleward. This change in behavior
results in negative economic impacts for communities that lose sources of
fishing and other ocean-related income. Warmer water is also exacerbating
coral reef bleaching in places where productive ecosystems once thrived
around living reefs.
"We must not forget that, even at this time of great challenge, there
are solutions that we can apply to solve crises in the ocean. The film
presents some important solutions that are beneficial for everyone to learn
about," added Dr. Nichols. "The message of the film is made very clear: the
hope is us, and the moment for change is now."
Dr. Nichols' daughter Grayce also appears in "The 11th Hour" and he
notes that "Grayce will grow up on a planet that is healthier and safer,
thanks to the solutions inspired by my colleagues in this film."
"We are pleased that Dr. Nichols had the opportunity to lend his
expertise in the development of this history-making documentary that
addresses dire environmental concerns," said Vikki Spruill, president and
CEO of Ocean Conservancy. "Climate change is an ocean problem. The ocean is
where climate change impacts are first being felt with higher water
temperatures, acidification, rising sea levels and shrinking icecaps. The
ocean, in fact, is our first line of defense against climate change because
it absorbs enormous amounts of carbon dioxide that would otherwise add to
the problem. But sadly, climate change is damaging the ocean environment
and its wildlife."
"The 11th Hour" is opening on August 17th in New York and Los Angeles.
On August 24th, and in following weeks, it opens in more cities across the
country. For more information on the movie and when it will come to a
theater near you, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/11thhour or
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inspire and empower people to speak and act for the oceans. Ocean
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