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Undeniable Evidence

Heather Matheson

This past weekend New Yorkers had another opportunity to see and experience our changing climate, fortunately in the comforts of a local movie theater. The documentary film “Chasing Ice”  opened Friday in NYC, and more cities will be screening it in the coming weeks. The film, directed by Jeff Orlowski documents National Geographic photographer James Balog’s tireless work capturing undeniable time-lapse images of the world’s changing glaciers. The New York Times called the film “stunning…and undeniably convincing imagery.”

Sandy was very real for thousands along the Eastern seaboard. The widespread and visible devastation has provided another wake-up call. The blunt article “Its Global Warming, Stupid” and Mayor Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama highlight this reality. Like Hurricane Sandy, “Chasing Ice” presents another part of the visual story of Earth’s changing climate. Balog’s images demonstrate the power behind capturing the real thing.

As more people see and experience the impacts of our changing climate and resource challenges, innovation in clean technologies is more important than ever.  We’ll continue to need innovation in global mitigation as well as new ways to adapt locally and prepare for future impacts. From improving our electric grid, addressing storm surging areas, to solving water and drought conditions the challenges have never been bigger.

I was lucky enough to help out with the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last winter. The images are “insanely, ridiculously beautiful,” as Balog describes the region but also frightening to see the dramatic changing landscape.  Meeting the crew was inspiring knowing all the work they put into capturing visual evidence of what is happening in the Arctic region. But after seeing the film, I felt even more motivated to work on solving the global energy and resource challenges we face.

See it with your own eyes.

Opening in select theaters Nov 16th! For a full schedule and to buy tickets go to:

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  • Andrew Charles Jackson

    Looks like an amazing documentary. Thanks for the preview, Heather. You should also check out Rob Stewart’s fantastic documentary ‘Revolution’ about climate change and the acidification of the oceans. If you haven’t seen it, here is a clip: