Darwin's Nightmare

This past Wednesday we went to see Darwin's Nightmare.

"Darwin's Nightmare is a tale about humans between the North and the South about globalization, and about fish" (From the film's website)

Done in a documentary style without any overbearing narrative - it paints a picture of the complexity of a cycle of poverty. Starting with the introduction of a non-native species of fish (Nile Perch) to Lake Victoria, it explores the myriad of issues facing different types of people living off the business by the Lake. Old planes go from Europe to Tanzania to pick up tons of white fish for consumption but what do they bring to Africa? Some say empty but really how likely would that be? The answer few are willing to give to this is ARMS. Our airline meal fish supports various conflicts and wars in Africa.

Yes, it does not answer all the questions it raises but by watching it hopefully more people will realise how the rich lifestyle we want to maintain is really off the backs of people in developing nations.

A must see for anyone interested in human rights, children's issues, the arms trade, the environment, poverty, women's issues, the legacy of colonialism or Africa.

Some interesting links for people interested in making a difference:
World Changing - ending the small arms trade

Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
http://coat.ncf.ca/

Control Arms - act now page
http://www.controlarms.org/act_now/

Info on the global arms trade
http://www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/ArmsTrade/CodeOfConduct.asp

Write a letter, make phone call tell your friends.
Us all doing something small adds up to a lot in total - but we all have to do something.

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