Movie Review of Rob Stewart’s Revolution

I was asked to review the feature length documentary Revolution by Rob Stewart. The movie takes you on a journey under the water and around the world to see the impacts of climate change and the damage that we are doing to our planet.Revolution

The videography and imagery underwater is breath taking.  The movie gets off to a slow start as Rob tells his story of how his life changed and why he has devoted everything to making films like Revolution.  I found it well worth getting past the first 25 minutes of the movie to get into the real discussion of climate change and pollution.

Coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef has declined by 36% over the last 25 years. That's an enormous loss. Photo © Rob Stewart. From the documentary film Revolution.

Coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef has declined by 36% over the last 25 years. That’s an enormous loss. Photo © Rob Stewart. From the documentary film Revolution.

Rob takes you from the Corals of the Great Barrier Reef to the Island of Madagascar to COP 16 explaining how climate change is effecting everything and how we need to act now or face even worse consequences.  He shows how even the littlest creature are linked to the bigger system of life.

Sifaka on tree

Sifaka, Madagascar. Lemurs are primitive primates, and exist only in Madagascar, where their isolation has kept them from being out-competed by other primates like monkeys!

I appreciated that the movie features 25 experts from around the world discussing various aspects of climate change, planetary systems and the impact humans are making in the world we inhabit.

Protesters with tape over their mouths at COP16

Protesters getting kicked out of the UN Climate Conference, 16TH SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES (COP 16). Their taped mouths represent their voices being silenced. Photo © Tristan Bayer From the documentary film Revolution

Two stories were particularly powerful for me in Revolution.  

One is the story of the Canadian Lynx as a model for humanity, complete with overpopulation, over consumption and their near extinction.  The other is the story about how a sixth grade class was able to change the fishing practices of their entire country by speaking up and contacting their elected officials.  Everyone can make a difference and Revolution presents a number of ways that we as individual global citizens with no special authority can make changes and push for a better world.

Canadian Lynx eating snow shoe rabbit

The Canadian Lynx. Ontario, Canada. With abundant food, the lynx overpopulate and over consume, until their prey, hares are almost gone, forcing their own populations down. Lynx and their prey boom and bust every 14 years. Photo © Rob Stewart. From the documentary film Revolution.

The publisher provided me with a free viewing to watch and post an honest review of the movie. I recommend that you watch the movie! It is well worth the $4 to rent it. You can click on the video below or go to their website to play it!

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I haven’t worn antiperspirant in 3 years and no one noticed

Thai Crystal DeodorantA few years ago, my mom gave me crystal deodorant as a gift.  I was skeptical as I am typically wary of the “green” things she gives me, as she has a tendency to fall for green washing. I had been using traditional deodorant & antiperspirant since puberty, and I really wanted to get away from it because of the rumors I had seen on the internet linking the aluminum compounds in antiperspirant to Alzheimer and the parabens to breast cancer.  See below for scientific research that debunks these rumors.  

Regular deodorants and antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat glands.  The salt based crystal deodorants work by providing an environment where the bacteria that make body odor cannot survive.  I have sensitive skin and I think it is gentler to put salt on it than something that blocks up the pores.  However, I’m a big guy that generates a lot of heat (ask Alicia) and I sweat a lot to keep my body cool.  Would the crystal deodorant work for me?  What about the sweat stains under my arms?  In order to answer these questions, I gave it a try for a couple weeks. I was surprised how well it worked for me.

Every morning after my shower, I wet the crystal and rub it under my arms and then go about my business. Believe it or not, no smell! There was an added, unadvertised bonus too, while occasionally I end up with wet areas under my arms, and it shows on some of my shirts, I have actually found that my shirts are no longer ruined by the hardened yellow arm pit area that results from the build up of traditional antiperspirants after repeated wearing.

Salt crystal deodorant in my hand

After almost 2 years of use – still lots left

After the two week trial, I continued the experiment for a month.  I had kept my deodorant/antiperspirant as a backup, but eventually tossed that.  The crystal deodorant has worked so well that I’ve been using it for 3 years and no one noticed.  I will admit, on the rare occasion that I forget to put it on, I can usually tell by the pungent aroma of BO by about noon, so I know it is working when I do use it.

Alicia’s experience with it has been less successful as she does not shower every day and sometimes the crystal deodorant can build up some unpleasant odors if not applied to clean underarms.  We read that rinsing the crystal with vinegar and washing under your arms before applying resolves this for most people.  So far, it has worked well for us. Alicia has been more careful about rinsing the crystal after applying it as well as before in order to avoid a smell build up on the crystal.

Another benefit of the crystal deodorant is that it lasts for ever a long time. I’m only on my second stick (after dropping the first one) in 3 years.  I used to have to buy new antiperspirant every month or two.

So, if you are interested in ditching traditional deodorant/antiperspirants but don’t want to stink, try the Crystal Deodorant.  You can buy a small travel size to try out for a couple weeks or months.

Here are the two articles you should read that thoroughly debunk the rumors about deodorants and antiperspirants causing Alzheimers and Breast Cancer:

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