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Chasing Ice

CHASING ICE documents how, by deploying time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, James Balog sets out to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.

Director: Jeff Orlowski
Year: 2012
Time: 75 mins

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Share this film. Give others the chance to learn, and be inspired by it.

Place great importance on our changing climate by voting for political leaders who act on climate legislation. Make sure they have a record of acting on climate legislation, rather than just talking about it.

Purchase a fuel-efficient, low-greenhouse gas vehicle, and try to use your own energy to get yourself around as much as possible by walking, biking, jogging, car-pooling, and using public transportation.

Support organisations like 350 , Greenpeace and Union of Concerned Scientists, that work to reduce climate change through active measures and research . Consider donating to them, sign petitions and spread the word! 

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Glaciers are disappearing because of our overuse of Earth’s natural resources. Think before you buy, compost food waste, and recycle as much as you can.

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Time Lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss at TED

CHASING ICE photographer James Balog shares his image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.

Watch his talk on the playlist “Climate change: Oh, it’s real” along with seven other fascinating TED Talks addressing the issue. “We still have a lot to learn about climate change, about why it’s happening and what that means…. These talks provide a primer on the issue of our times.”

“People kept asking us…So what? Why does it matter if the ice melts?”

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman discusses the film and the topics it raises in this fascinating interview with photograher James Balog and director Jeff Orlowski

Science struggles to change minds…

…can CHASING ICE? Whether or not the film converts climate change skeptics, it surely will get the conversation started.


Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.

National Geographic Discusses What’s Next with James Balog

“Since 2007, he’s deployed solar-powered cameras alongside glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains to produce irrefutable visual evidence that ancient glaciers are disappearing. Now, the photographer behind the award-winning documentary CHASING ICE has headed south.”

Read the full National Geographic interview here.

The United Nations and Climate Change

“Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow.  But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.”

Check out the UN’s website for the latest news and research on climate change.

What Is the Roll Of The Sun and Solar Cycles In Climate Change and Global Warming?

Curious about climate change basics? NASA addresses the fundamentals and answers our frequently asked questions.

A Look into Climate Change Skepticism

“While the public is well-versed in arguments for human-induced climate change, let’s examine what some skeptics believe..”

10 Solutions for Climate Change

“The enormity of global warming can be daunting and dispiriting. What can one person, or even one nation, do on their own to slow and reverse climate change?..There are personal lifestyle changes that you can make too that, in some combination, can help reduce your carbon impact. Not all are right for everybody. Some you may already be doing or absolutely abhor. But implementing just a few of them could make a difference.”

Read Scientific American’s suggested actions here.


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