Voices for Biodiversity

Nature is Dying

If nature stops breathing, then so do we... – Nature is Dying

In the fall of 2012, Izilwane teamed up with American University and the School of Communication's Visual Literacy (COMM 105) class, taught by Kimberley R. Williams. The curriculum is developed to teach students about the aesthetics and production of visual images and build an appreciation of the significance of images in communication and advertising. Each semester, the class partners with a nonprofit organization; in its most recent semester, COMM 105 paired with Izilwane. The objective of the collaboration was to have the visual literacy students' work on public service announcements in the form of posters and films that highlight the issues that contribute to biodiversity loss. After watching the film Call of Life – which examines the science and human psychology behind the current biodiversity crisis – students determined that the targeted contributors to biodiversity loss are:

Population
Over-exploitation of Resources (Consumption)
Habitat Loss
Climate Change
Pollution
Invasive Species

In this public service announcement, these students use dramatic filmmaking to represent the effects of human behavior on the global ecosystem.

Ford Fischer - Director, Editor
Alexa Johnson - Writer
Also thanks to Eli Fosl and Zoe Crain
Photo Images courtesy of Jack's Travel Albums - jackstravelalbums@sfly.com

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