Photographer James Balog shoots in Ilulissat Bay, Greenland, March 2008.

Photographer James Balog shoots in Ilulissat Bay, Greenland, March 2008. From the film Chasing Ice.

The ground breaking film Chasing Ice is now widely available online, on DVD, in cinemas and on TV.  In fact, quite a few screenings are scheduled in the UK this autumn. It is also possible for education institutions to host a screening of this amazing film.  It is really a film that should be seen on the big screen, but at the same time those who see it should think carefully about what it portrays so elegantly. The disappearance of the Earth’s glaciers in the Arctic has large implications for how it will affect the future of human societies, not to mention the ecosystems we depend on for survival.In this TED talk given by James Balog, who is the subject of the film, he presents documented evidence of the world’s receding glaciers.  Interestingly, it’s Balog’s passion for scientific exploration along with his concern and love for his family (future generations) that grabs your attention.  This has also been expressed by others involved in communicating climate change, such as James Hansen.

There is an important narrative here for how if climate change persists the way it is currently then there will be no future or an unwanted future for our children and their children.  The expository film Beyond The Tipping Point? touched on this somewhat in exploring apocalyptic thinking about climate change, such as present day ‘climate tipping points’ that have been projected to create unavoidable, and irreversible environmental devastation.  But Balog’s story is much more simple, easier to relate to and proactive about addressing climate change.  Some of the best scientific thinkers are also optimists.