Archives for April 22, 2009

#EarthDay 2009: The fragile alliance – a journey through something worth saving

Disneynature presents "Earth"
Releasing today,  Earth Day, Disneynature presents “Earth.”
It is a documentary about animals and their dramatic journeys that span various regions of the world.
Filmed by the same people who produced “Planet Earth,” the widely acclaimed and Emmy-award winning documentary produced by the BBC and the Discovery channel in 2007, “Earth” promises to be a ‘breathtaking’ global journey to educate and reiterate just how beautiful and fragile our Blue Planet really is.
Marketed as being even larger than the Oscar-award winning “March of the Penguins,” “Earth” is just the first in a series of films Disney plans to release each year concerning the planet.
In 2010, they plan to release “Oceans” and “Orangutans: One Minute to Midnight” in 2010, both “Big Cats” and “Naked Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth” in 2011 and “Chimpanzee” in 2012.
Examining the power of life, its resilience in the face of danger and ability rebirth itself time and again, “Earth”  presents itself through three stories:

A polar bear falls through thin Arctic ice while searching for food for his family. A humpback whale guides her calf on a perilous 4,000-mile journey. A herd of African elephants in search of water battles a sandstorm in the Kalahari Desert. (CNN)

Disney has promised to plant a tree for each movie ticket purchased during the film’s opening week.

Narration:

James Earl Jones will narrate, replacing Patrick Stewart who narrated the original international version.
The narration is set to make references to all of the environmental changes plaguing the planet by using the three stories to depict the specific threats facing our planet’s wildlife.
For example, we can expect to hear about the rising temperatures in the Arctic causing the ice to melt yielding rising sea levels. This in turn, threatens polar bears and sea lions with extinction (as early as 2030).
“Earth” will touch on global warming as well.
A myth, according to some, that does in fact exist by interrupting the planet’s weather system making patterns less predictable than before.
“Earth” points out that this change poses the biggest threat to creatures like elephants because they travel great distances to reach water. Many of which die out, before arriving at their destination.

The film’s message:
“It’s not too late to make a difference.”

According to the “Earth” filmmakers, they
“wanted to give people this wonderful journey and say, ‘Look, it’s a really beautiful planet and it’s still … worth preserving.”

  • Personally, we can’t wait to see it…especially if it is coming to the IMAX!

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Sasha H. Muradali
runs the
Little Pink Book and SashaHalima PR.

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Just how well (or not) is President Obama Doing?

Copyright S. Christopher 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Michelle & Barack Obama

By: Rachel Steinman, guest blogger

Last week, I was questioned in my Legislative Politics class whether I thought President Barack Obama was doing a good job or not. 

 

After a night of celebrating my own election for Model UN, I could not think up a quick enough response to my professor’s question. 

I honestly did not have a formal opinion on how well or not President Obama was doing since his inauguration. 

Of course the initial couple of weeks after the swearing in, I was elated to see the President reversing many of the controversial executive orders that Former President George W. Bush implemented.

 I was also impressed in his Address to the Union back in February.

Then there were the personal articles that describe how the Obama family was settling into their new home and how Obama runs his administration.

Being a girly girl as it is, I also loved the stories about Sasha and Malia’s scavenger hunt in the White House and meeting the Jonas Brothers or finding out what First Lady Michelle Obama is wearing next (by the way Michelle, excellent choices in Europe, you looked FANTASTIC!)

However back to the original point: How would I grade President Obama’s job thus far.  The answer is simple he is doing just fine. 

Obama ran on a very heavy and lofty platform and he is taking it one day at a time. 

Not even Superman could fix the economy, restore America’s persona abroad, increase job employment, get the troops out of Iraq, deal with the situation in Latin America, and the rest of the many problems the United States President has to deal with in recent history. 

So far, President Obama has been able to push a massive economic stimulus package through Congress and on Tuesday report to the American people that the “first glimmers of hope” are coming through.

 Also on April 12, General Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq he believes that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. 

So for a President that is just about to reach one hundred days in office, Obama is heading in the direction to be this century’s Superman.

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Rachel Steinman is currently a International Relations and History major, with a minor in Art History, at the University of Florida. She is the 2009-10 UF Model United Nations president and she hopes to enter law school in fall 2009.

 

 

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