Watching the Effects of Climate Change Before Our Eyes
Anyone unconvinced about climate change should go to see the film “Chasing Ice.” It is a breathtakingly beautiful film that in a stark and sobering way documents the melting of glaciers throughout the world.
Through the use of computer generated time lapse cameras, strategically placed throughout the world, the scientist and photographers capture the melting ice as it flows into the oceans. It is happening at an alarming speed! Charts vividly depict the meltdown over several years.
The crew faced many extreme weather conditions and often took great risks to accurately chart these happenings. The courage and determination of two crew members, in particular, is astonishing. They camped out on a mountain, in a small tent, for 21 days waiting for a piece of the glacier to “calf,” which is to break off from the large glacier. Thinking that perhaps this was not going to happen, they were becoming discouraged when suddenly one hears a thundering noise. Before one’s eyes, slowly and incredibly, large chunks of ice, the size of towering office buildings, are lifted up from the ocean floor and break into large chunks and float toward the sea. Although the film shows only a portion of this event, the observers filmed the entire 75 minute “calfing” of the glacier.
The film’s creator, photographer James Balog, uses the information gathered by the crew to travel and educate others about the critical issue of global climate change. Audiences are spellbound as they see this meltdown happening on the screen. Through projection photography one can see how if this situation continues how catastrophic it will be for all inhabitants of Earth. The hope is that using visual images, along with solid research and education, people will be moved to action to reverse this trend.
I would have liked to see more emphasis placed on what individuals can do to change this situation. However, that was really not the intent of the creators of this documentary. Their main focus was to document the melting glaciers so that one could not deny the reality.
You can learn more about this film project and view a trailer at: http://www.chasingice.com/ This site will also share ideas about reducing your carbon footprint as well as other ways to actively respond to this Critical Concern of Earth.