‘Chasing Ice:’ Gathering Evidence of Climate Change
Transition Town Manchester’s One Earth Film Series presents ‘Chasing Ice,’ Saturday, October 12, at 7, at the Riley Center, Burr and Burton Academy. Tickets are on sale now at the Northshire Bookstore.
In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been skeptical of climate change, and a cynic about the nature of academic research. 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.
‘Chasing Ice’ is the story of his mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.
It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
General admission tickets are on sale at the Northshire Bookstore. $10 for adults; $5 for students. Proceeds to benefit BBA Student Council, Mountain Campus and Girls’ Ski Team. Find out more at TransitionTownManchester.org.