Monday, September 28, 2015

Chasing Ice

If there are still any climate change skeptics out there, I highly recommend a documentary called Chasing Ice. It's the story of a National Geographic photographer James Balog who captured hundreds of thousands of images over a span of 3 years from 25 cameras mounted in extreme conditions around glaciers in the northern hemisphere. The purpose? To create time lapse videos that put a visual to the retreating glaciers that are indicative of a changing climate and ultimately contributing to sea level rise that scientists have been predicting for years. Not everyone responds to data. The imagery is undeniable.

Watch James talk about the film here:

Now, he's set up 8 time lapse cameras in Antarctica to see what's happening at the South Pole.

Just like the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then fiancé in the face in an Atlantic City casino elevator - the visual evidence is a metaphorical punch in the gut. You need to see this to better understand the changes that are happening beyond the focus of our daily lives.

I'm late to the party on this. Chasing Ice came out in 2012. Who knows how much more has changed since then. Please check it out, it's on Netflix and is a little over an hour long - well worth the time.

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