Erin Dorney

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Chasing Ice

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Ice is something I have accepted as a nuisance in my life. I grew up along the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York where crippling ice storms and slippery roads are the norm. Up until last week, I couldn’t have imagined wishing for more ice or considering it to be one of our most beautiful natural structures…

That changed when I saw Chasing Ice, a documentary that follows environmental photographer James Balog on his Extreme Ice Survey. Balog used time-lapse cameras to capture thousands of images of Arctic glaciers, providing evidence that these glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. I was in New York City visiting a friend and was able to catch this limited release on its opening weekend. Director/producer Jeff Orlowski and James Balog himself joined the audience for a Q&A following the screening.

No words that I could write here would come close to describing the devastating beauty of this film. All I can say is please go see if you live in a major city and if it’s not playing near you, petition your local theater. At the moment I am looking into the possibility of bringing Chasing Ice to my campus for a screening. It seems like the perfect conduit for introducing a discussion about climate change among students. Throw in a response panel of earth science, environmental studies, geography, economics, and government faculty members and library showcase of print and electronic resources for information on climate change and you’ve got a nice little program on your hands. One that makes students think and question.

Check out for more information and ways to get involved.


Written by Erin Dorney

November 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

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  1. […] read a great blog post by Erin Dorney promoting the film Chasing Ice and had to repost it along with my own promotion of the film. It was […]

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