Monday, January 07, 2013

Dramatic Change

You can read a lot of dull statistics or listen to learned professors drone on about climate change, or you can literally have your eyes opened by a well-crafted movie that brings you face-to-face with dramatic changes taking place in our world.

The film is “Chasing Ice.” It currently is being shown at select theaters in the U.S., UK, and Canada.  You can find a list of theaters by going to Local blog readers can see “Chasing Ice” at 4:25 p.m. showings today through Thursday at the M-89 Theaters located between Plainwell and Otsego.

“Chasing Ice” is a documentary by acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog who, in the spring of 2005, headed to the Arctic “on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.”

According to the film's website, “Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change.  But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.”

If you want your eyes opened wide about climate change, take a few minutes to find a showing near you. You won’t be disappointed.


Kay said...

Every time I see another report about climate change and the melting of the polar ice, it scares the bejeezus out of me. I just hope I live far enough above the ocean level.

Tom Sightings said...

Just watched the trailer ... looks very intense. Now, if we could only get the climate change disbelievers to watch it!

PiedType said...

What a shame that movies like this usually end up just preaching to the choir.

schmidleysscribblins, said...

Climate change is real and the climate has been changing since the gitgo. Warming, freezing, warming. What is not clear is how much if any is the effect of manmade pollution.

Hard to measure the contribution from humans when 1. all the statistical records we have except for ice cores come from after 1800 and the Industrial age, and 2. a vast coal reserve in Austrailia has been burning for centuries and polluting the air; Ditto China; 3. a seam in the ocean floor off the coast of California leaks oil into the ocean and gas into the atmosphere. I could go on but you get the idea.

Of course we all want clean air. On the East Coast where I live we had horrible air inversions before the Clean Air Act was introduced. I am sure you knew about them in your line of work.

I wish Hollywood would get its facts straight before they make "propaganda." I personally think both nuclear and fracking have much to offer and prefer the electricity from either over coal. I also like mass transportation, however around here, it favors the wealthy suburbs.