On Thursday, May 12th, the Darien Land Trust was pleased to sponsor a showing of the documentary Chasing Ice (96% rating, Rotten Tomatoes) at the Darien Library.
Chasing Ice is a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog to publicize the effects of climate change and was directed by Jeff Orlowski and filmed in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska,
Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but after his first trip north, he becomes convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and becomes committed to bringing the story to the public. Within months of the first trip to Iceland, Balog initiated “The Extreme Ice Survey,” an expedition to collect data on the seasonal changes of glaciers. Balog and his team deployed cameras that utilized time-lapse photography to capture a multi-year record of the world’s glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at an alarming rate.
Traveling with a team of young adventureers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risked his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
The Darien Land Trust was proud to co-sponsor this film along with the Darien Library, the Garden Club of Darien, and the Darien Nature Center.
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