Last week I was going through some documentaries on Stan and Netflix and I came across Chasing Ice in the former. It is just over an hour long but it was worth watching. I love it when you find something that you can’t stop thinking about and you want to share it with everyone. This is what Chasing Ice did for me.
It is a documentary about climate change, but it is also a story about a photographer and what he went through to show how the glaciers around the world are retracting as the planet gets warmer. The photographer is James Balog and, with the help of National Geographic, wanted to help find a way to show people what is happening to the planet. He decided the best way, was to show how the ice was melting and the rate it was happening. He started Extreme Ice Project and it is through this that he does all this work.
Through time-lapse photography you can see it happening for yourself. He set up cameras in four areas around the northern hemiphere at different glaciers so he could record what was happening.
It is really interesting watching how he went about doing the project, and you also get to see the failures as well. It is amazing how he set it all up and managed to get it to work. On top of that you get to see him taking incredible photos of what he finds on those glaciers. I would love to take some shots like that, but I know I would never be game enough.
With his time lapse images he does lectures using his science degree to help him educate people with what he has seen happening. He says that people can deny what is happening as much as they want, but the evidence is there in the glaciers.
Here is a trailer for the show.
I finished watching it wishing I could do something like this. It was so inspirational and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It must fantastic to be able to do something like this and I do envy James Balog.
I hope you can find the show somewhere to watch. If you are in Australia it is on Stan, and, it seems it is also on Netflix, so it may be available on it in other countries as well. If you have seen it, or do see it, let me know what you thought.
For those that would like to see more I found this link for you, James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss.