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 http://www.chasingice.com/ for more information and ways to get involved.