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Biodiversity vs. Extinction (5/5)

This is also part of this series: Natural Connections Series (5)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 11 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2000
Available in French: No

Edward O. Wilson, known as the "father of biodiversity", explains the significance of the mass extinction of species taking place around the planet today -- the sixth the earth has seen in its long history. The difference between this one and the previous five is that this one is induced by humans. HIPPO is the acronym that succinctly sums up the major factors contributing to this extinction. H stands for habitat destruction, I for the introduction of exotic species, P for pollution, another P for population growth, and O for over-consumption. If we begin to embrace the earth more as a community to which we belong, rather than a commodity belonging to us, we might begin to cherish our natural connections and help our own survival.

Awards: 5 Emmy Awards; Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition; UNESCO Silver Medal, The New York Festivals

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