New Display: Connection

This display was inspired by the legacy of an environmental filmmaker and conservationist that has had a huge influence in both my personal life and academic career. Rob Stewart, often referred to as the Michael Moore of the sea, is best known for his monumental 2006 release, Sharkwater, where he captures the hearts of viewers across the globe by illuminating the beauty and importance of sharks as apex predators in the oceans. As more than just a riveting tale of the global shark trade, Rob’s infectious determination and vivacity supported a call to arms. Sharkwater demonstrated to a generation of viewers that change is within their reach.

Sharkwater, however, was just the beginning. As a true testament to his commitment to the cause, Rob released his second feature film in 2012 titled Revolution. Six years later, his third and final film, Sharkwater: Extinction, is set for release in theatres on October 5th. Tragically, Rob perished in a diving accident off the coast of Florida while shooting for his upcoming film. Since then, his friends, family, and many supporters across the world have rallied to complete the project. The theme of this display, connection, is the reflection of an underlying theme in all of Rob’s works. Conservation is not just the preservation of wildlife and nature, but the preservation of humanity as well. In his view, the two are inseparable.

Rob is one of the many influential filmmakers whose work has shaped the trajectory of my academic career at Quest. The exploration of my question, “How can creative storytelling assist conservation efforts?” is fueled by the knowledge that filmmakers like Rob have already blazed the trail ahead, demonstrating that stories can shape the minds and actions of a generation.

“Fighting for something other than your own wealth, working for someone else’s happiness, saving species, pulling people out of poverty, conserving instead of wasting – this is what really matters, and this is what’s cool.” –Rob Stewart

By Ella Van Cleave

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  • Blackfish. SF408.6 K54 B53 2013
  • The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. GC11.2 B582 2007
  • Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. QB44.3 S34 2000
  • The Cove. QL737 C432 C68 2009
  • Crapshoot: The Gamble With Our Wastes. RA567 C73 2006
  • The End of the Line: Where Have All the Fish Gone? SH329 E64 2009
  • E². Design. Season Three. NA2542.35 E875 2008
  • E². Design. Season Two. NA2542.35 E874 2007
  • E². Energy. TJ808 E87 2007
  • Food, Inc. HD9005 F655 2009
  • Frameworks: Images of a Changing World. TR183 F73 2013
  • Fuel. TN870 F84 2010
  • An Inconvenient Truth. QC981.8 G56 I533 2006
  • The Messenger. QL696 P2 M47 2015
  • No Impact Man. GE197 N6 2009
  • Planet Earth: The Complete Series. QL50 P583 2007
  • Revolution. QC903 R38 2013
  • Sharkwater. QL638.9 S43 2008
  • Sustainable Table: What’s On Your Plate? S441 H434 2006
  • Taking Root. SB63 M22 T35 2008
  • Taking Stock. SH229 T34 2007
  • Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? RA448.4 U53 2008

Image courtesy of Fiona Paton. Big Fish, Little Fish.  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)