March of the Penguin | My Earth Changing Moment

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March of the Penguin

The 2005 French nature documentary film directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet, and co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society was astonishing; heart breaking; love affirming; and haunting. The yearly arduous journey of the Emperor Penguins to walk inland to their ancestral breeding grounds in the hopes of finding a mate and subsequently hatching a chick is almost unfathomable. The ritualistic walk has been interrupted and made even more challenging and often insurmountable by climate change. The Antarctic Peninsula is warming faster than any other place in the Southern Hemisphere. Emperor penguins begin to raise their chicks on the sea ice but the ice cracks away as it melts and the chicks who do not yet have their water feathers die in the fidget water. The adults also loose accessibility to other food which increases mortality. For some reason, the plight of these noble, selfless and beautiful animals made it all become real.