Chasing Ice Serves as a Wake-up Call
Hurricane Sandy was a natural disaster that New York City hasn’t seen before. Public transit in the city shut down and the electricity and gas problems will continue until November. It is evident that storms like Sandy would be the norm due to climate change.
Chasing Ice is the newest documentary that tackles the changes in global weather. The most recent presidential debates were the first since 1988 that didn’t mention climate change. An Inconvenient Truth was launched six years ago. It won two Oscars and got people talking about the issue.
Despite the conclusion by most scientists that climate change is happening, there are still people who dismissed it as untruth. This frustrates environmentalists such as James Balog. Chasing Ice is made in order to convince the public that something is going on with the world. Al Gore’s documentary is just the first step.
Balog is trained as a scientist. He has an impressive career as an environmental photographer. He is convinced that climate change is really happening and he tries to prove its effects to the world. The documentary shows the collapse of glaciers in Alaska, the thawing of permafrost, and the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey in 2007. He takes photographs and videos of the drastic changes to the landscape. His crew placed cameras around the glaciers in Alaska, Greenland, Montana, and Iceland. The cameras are set to photograph the ice each hour of daylight. They are maintained for several tears. The story of EIS is documented in Chasing Ice.
Director Jeff Orlowski followed Balog and his team across the frozen landscapes. While videos of the team are nice, the most compelling part of Chasing Ice is the photographs captured by Balog’s cameras. They are easy to the eyes and really show the changing landscapes that are due to climate change. Chasing Ice is solid and serves as a wake-up call for people to learn about climate change and its effects on the environment.