Climate Change – coming to a cinema near you!

James Balog is the founder of an environmental activist group called Earth Vision Trust whose mission it is to create “innovative visual evidence of our impact on ice, air, water, forests and wildlife”.

 

Balog and his team have spent the last 5 years in Greenland, Iceland and North America, filming ice bergs and glaciers forming, and falling back into the sea. They believe that they have found definitive proof that climate change is causing our glaciers to melt – our seas to rise, our temperature levels of change and rise, and our global environment to change drastically.

 

“The only way that you can really try to put it into scale with human reference, is if you imagine Manhattan, and all of a sudden, all of those buildings just start to rumble and quake and this whole massive city just breaking apart in front of your eyes.” – Quote from James Balog in ‘Chasing Ice’.

 

‘Chasing Ice’ is the result of the past 5 years of work that Earth Vision Trust has put into filming hard, cold (no pun intended) evidence that climate change is the reason for the changes in the environment, in temperatures, and in weather patterns, that we have begun to experience globally over the past decade, and becoming ever more frightening in the past few years.

 

Australia has always been subject to extreme weather conditions – droughts, floods, cyclones, bushfires. But as of late, is no secret to anyone that these extremities in our weather, have become a lot more frequent and a lot less far between. This list, which is not exhaustive, illustrates the intensity of extreme weather events, that have occurred in Australia over the past 8 years:

2006

–      January; Central Coast Bushfires; NSW

–      March; Cyclone Larry; Queensland

–      March; Cyclone Monica; Queensland

2007

–      June; Hunter Valley Floods; NSW

–      June; Gippsland Floods; Victoria

2008

–      February; Mackey Floods; Queensland

2009

–      February; Black Saturday Bushfires; Victoria

2010

–      March; Queensland Floods

–      September; Victorian Floods

–      December; Carnarvon Floods; WA

2011

–      January; Queensland Floods

–      January; Victorian Floods

–      August; Gippsland Floods; Victoria

2012

–      February/March; NSW Floods

–      February/March; Victorian Floods

–      February/March; Queensland Floods

–      June; Gippsland Floods; Victoria

2013

–      January; Victorian Floods

–      January; Queensland Floods

 

Yesterday’s edition of Triple J’s, ‘Hack’, talked about Climate Change in Australian politics, and the film ‘Chasing Ice’ – if you have a spare half an hour, and like me, understand the impacts of climate change, but don’t necessarily understand how it all happens, then it comes highly recommended.

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/daily/hack_thu_2013_4_4.mp3

 

‘Hack’s Sophie McNiell, talks to National Geographic photographer, and director of the film ‘Chasing Ice’, Jeff Orlowski about what it was like to watch polar ice caps melt before his eyes, and glaciers the size of Manhattan city just fall into the sea. The team made this incredible documentary using time lapse cameras which they situated on top of glaciers in some instances, and collected their film and data over half a decade, and have now made the most compelling piece of evidence for the impacts of climate change, and the first recorded instance of this occurring.

As Orlowski says, Balog set out to “visualize something inherently invisible”, and that is exactly what the film does. ‘Chasing Ice’ was screened for the first time last night in Melbourne, and opens across selected states (including NSW) on April 18.

 

Check it all out at http://www.chasingice.com and if you don’t see the film, do the extra reading – it’s homework worth doing. 

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