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Save the Humans [Hardcover]

Rob Stewart
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Aug. 21 2012

In Save the Humans, award-winning documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart tells his captivating life-story-so-far—from self-professed “animal nerd” to one of the world’s leading environmental activists, from a person whose sole focus was saving his beloved sharks to a mission to save us all.
Rob Stewart has always been in love with creatures, the odder or more misunderstood the better. His passion for all living things, including Satan, his 7-foot-long, 80-pound pet water monitor, has led him around the world, as a university student studying zoology in Kenya, as a wildlife photographer in Madagascar and Southeast Asia, and ultimately as a documentary filmmaker in the Pacific shooting his innovative and award-winning documentary Sharkwater. Risking arrest and mafia reprisal in Costa Rica, nearly losing a leg to flesh-eating disease in Panama and getting lost at sea in the remote Galapagos Islands, Stewart is living proof that the best way to create change in the world is to dive in over your head.
His documentary sparked shark fin bans around the world, but his story doesn’t end with saving sharks. Stewart has set his sights on a slightly bigger goal—saving the human species. He has criss-crossed the globe to meet with the visionaries, entrepreneurs, scientists and children working to solve our environmental crises, and his message is clear: the revolution to save humanity has started and the only thing missing is you!

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WINNER 2014 – OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Non-Fiction Award

“[Save the Humans] is chock-full of sobering statistics about the massive depletion of fish populations as well as the wide-reaching threat of ocean acidification. It also details Stewart’s adventure-filled, nature-loving life.”
Winnipeg Free Press  
“A project of passion—part memoir, part rallying cry, it documents how [Stewart’s] love of the natural world made him a conservationist and asks how we can save other species if we can’t save ourselves.”
—CBC Books

About the Author

Born and raised in Toronto, ROB STEWART started his journey to becoming an award-winning filmmaker at the age of 13 when he began photographing the underwater world. At 18 he became a scuba instructor trainer and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology, studying in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya. Before making the award-winning documentary Sharkwater, Stewart spent 4 years travelling to the most remote areas of the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s magazines and as an award-winning freelance photojournalist. Stewart has logged thousands of hours filming underwater, using the latest in rebreather and camera technologies. His first movie, Sharkwater, has won thirty-five international awards, inspired more than a dozen conservation groups and sparked efforts that have resulted in shark fin bans in more than 90 countries around the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read !! May 10 2013
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I love this book ! His movies are amazing and it is fun to see how he made it there ! Most importantly it makes us realize that we need to change something if we want to survive as a specie. Every one should read it because our future is at risk and the only way to change it is to stay informed and do something about it ! Btw : watch Sharkwater and Revolution, they are really worth it !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has both good and bad aspects Oct. 18 2012
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I follow the author's career, and so ordered a copy from Spain. As history is interesting, the problem I see is that virtually no space in the book devoted to talking about the dangers that threaten humankind, is mostly a biography. When I bought the book I expected something else. Yet in the end if there is a small part of the book that addresses this issue, the acidification of the oceans, a topic that should be all into account, and I think that talking about it is very important. Is urgent. Just for that little piece of the book, I'm glad I bought.

As a final comment, I ethically disagree with some tastes of the author (as capture frogs and other wildlife or buy exotic species such as snakes, only because he likes to see that animals in detail). I find that reprehensible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! Sept. 21 2012
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Rob, self proclaimed fish nerd shows the world what we need to know to make the most of the next next 50 years and how we can live through the next 100. Great read,lll read it again.
3.0 out of 5 stars some good stuff here Nov. 7 2012
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Some good stuff here when the author finally writes past his childhood. That part could've been shortened. I enjoyed how his life comes together from a love of nature and adventure. I wanted more action in more diving scenes. I learned a bit about a few things and was shocked how he almost got lost while diving in the Galapagos. It demonstrated how dangerous the sport is even for such a highly qualified diver. I also wanted more emotion ion Costa Rica when the locals got caught with shark fins. The few end chapters are calls to action to save the oceans. The Kindle price is quite expensive because the best part is his diving and photography which is about 2/3 of the book. Good on you, Rob. I love the ocean and snorkeling. Having 3 stars is an okay rating.
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