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Kids Share Message for Planet's Future in New HBO Documentary

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A new HBO documentary takes a look at how some students are doing their part to protect the planet. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

It's a message from kids to kids.

"Saving My Tomorrow," a new HBO documentary, features kids sharing their hopes for the future of the planet.

"It's about planet Earth, and it's about the human society, the human race, how are they going to inherit this planet, what is the planet going to look like when our generation is going to be the future leaders of the world," said 12-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. "So I believe that this has a really huge way to change people's minds."

"It's very deep and very moving, I find, listening to kids and hearing their optimism and their hopes for the planet," said Amy Schatz, director and producer of "Saving My Tomorrow."

The documentary is a collection of songs, activism and tips for protecting Earth.

HBO Documentary Films partnered with the American Museum of Natural History on the film. It features some of the museum's scientists teaching their young co-stars about how climate change affects plants and animals.

"A fish at home in an aquarium, and the water warms up, you'll see the fish gulping for air. That's because warm water doesn't hold oxygen very well. Cold water carries a ton of oxygen," said Mark Siddall, curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. "What's going to happen to these species if they can't adapt or if they can't move from one place to another where it will be cold? What if there are no more cold places?"

For the students, it's a chance to make a difference.

"Being a part of a movement is an amazing thing, and I believe that this will spread that message of positivity, of hope, of creation, of, you know, that we do have the power to make a difference, we do have the power to change the world," Martinez said.

For more information on the movie, head to hbo.com.

To see more science, technology, engineering and math stories, check out "It Ain't Rocket Science, this weekend at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m Saturday and Sunday on NY1.

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