December 7, 2017 – The Haverford School- Haverford Pa. Terry conducted a lively discussion and multimedia presentation with seniors on the topic of resource scarcity. He shared his direct experience on water scarcity from interviews with farmers facing the depletion of the High Plains Aquifer in the Midwest of the United States.
November 30, 2017 – Univ. of Pennsylvania – 8 Billion Angels Executive Producer Terry Spahr addressed Professor Irina Marinov’s Global Climate Change Class on “the intersection of human activity and the environment.” Much of the discussion centered on ocean acidification and his filming of the CO2 seep vents off the coast of Japan, and their value to scientists as a window into the future of the seas. Terry shared with the class the scientists’ predictions for the drastically different seas we will see in 2100 from what we have today.
Acidification of the oceans has increased 30% since preindustrial times and is increasing annually. Acidification has been shown to alter the physiology and the behavior of sea creatures and is best known for inhibiting the ability for shelled creatures and corals to grow.
November 14th, 2017 – 8 Billion Angels Executive Producer Terry Spahr was the keynote speaker at investment firm LBC Credit’s annual investor meeting in Philadelphia, PA. His presentation to more than 80 attendees outlined the problems associated with humanity’s increasing and seemingly insatiable consumption of the planet’s resources combined with the daily addition of 220,000 new people to our global population. Among the topics discussed were water scarcity, the collapse of fisheries, pressures on renewable and non-renewable resources and the wastes human activity generates as well as realistic solutions toward sustainability.
As a greater number of investors see the impact economic activity is placing on the earth, there is an increasing interest in investments that meet higher standards of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. While ESG awareness and focus will help in moving us towards sustainability, Spahr emphasized that without recognizing overpopulation as the main driver of our world’s ecological overshoot and environmental crises, we can not close the gap between resource supply and demand.
October 2017 – The IDA (International Documentary Association) and PMC (The Population Media Center have both accepted 8 Billion Angels Productions into their fiscal sponsorship programs. Both organizations recognize the film production as a valuable endeavor making an important social and environmental impact on the world. The sponsorship allows individuals and foundations to be able to contribute to the making of the film through their respective organizations an receive a tax deductible donation.