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Sharkwater Week – Remembering Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater Extinction (premieres in Canadian theatres Oct 19th. Celebrate earth’s real-life Aquaman with never-before heard interviews from the  launch of his 2013  documentary, Revolution, as Rob talks about big dreams, fighting for the future and why kids will save the world.

Any revolution in the past has been led by the people most directly impacted by the atrocity… now it’s going to be kids because they’re going to be the ones that are impacted by it. It’s their future that we’re taking.”

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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World….

Sharkwater Extinction

Show notes:

Tickets in Canada:
  • How Mark met Rob in Barcelona
  • How Sharkwater Revolution came to be
  • Climate reckoning and human survival
  • How backlash against shark fin soup was caused by Sharkwater, China’s ban on shark fin soup at state functions and 120 million people watching Sharkwater in China
  • The Sharkwater watch
  • Working with Andrew Weaver and the Collapse Prevention Report (CPR)
  • Inspiration and direction from kids
  • What to do to reduce environmental impact, staying optimistic
  • About making movies
  • Moving to LA
  • Solutions and big dreams
  • And more….

Significant quotes

“If people knew that our life support system was in jeopardy, the human species could potentially go down this century, and future generations and millions of species are at stake because of it, then there would be a vote determinative issue.”

“What percentage of the planet would you say, knows about ocean acidification, knows about over consumption, that 75% of the forests are gone, 90% of the fish are gone, that, you know we face this world. Three percent? 90% of our food species are gone. This is happening.”

I keep optimistic because I think we’ve got the greatest opportunity here. They always say in movies, the hero is only as good as his villain. We’ve got the biggest villain possible.”

A hero is only as good as the villain, and we’ve got the biggest villain possible, and it’s part of us. We’ve got the biggest crisis, potentially, that we’re facing, and to defeat it we’re gonna have to grow and we’re gonna have to evolve and we’re gonna have to step it up and learn what it is to be human—to care more about other people and other species than we have in the past.”

“I think the way I can best serve the planet and the environment is just educating people. If I bring everybody up in their knowledge of what’s going on, then they’ll elect different people.”

“What’s next, what’s bigger? Well, save the humans.”

“The reason why we can survive on this planet is because of life. That gives us our food our water and our air… oh my god, all these systems that we’ve built are destroying our food and our water and our air.” “Before, when we set up the systems, when we had 300 million people on earth, we could whatever the fuck we want. And now that we’ve got 7 billion of us, we’ve eaten everything.” [03:36]

“Any revolution of the past has been led by the people most directly impacted by the atrocity. It was women for women’s rights, it was black people for racial equality. It was them that hit the road and put their hands in the air. Now it’s gonna be kids, because they’re the ones that are going to be most directly impacted by it. It our future that we’re taking. So I expect kids will be a much bigger role in this than adults.”

“For adults it’s confronting the realization that you’re inherently bad for the planet… and everything you’ve been doing for most of your life has been bad for the planet… it’s tough to let that sink in.”

My favourite aspect about making a movie is giving the public the information they need to make better decisions.” 

“I think I was passionate about [sharks] from having a goldfish. From the time I was zero, onwards.”


YouTube: Sharkwater Extinction (Official Trailer)
YouTube: Rob’s Legacy (30-sec)
Instagram: @teamsharkwater
Twitter: @teamsharkwater
Relevant Hashtags: #FinFree #SharkwaterExtinction
Campaigns: Wild Aid
Fin Free
Book: Save the Humans
Sharkwater Extinction (Official Trailer)
Revolution (Website)
Sharkwater (Website)
Books on Amazon

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