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!
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.
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.”