Acclaimed nature photographer and scientist James Balog was a climate change skeptic, until he was sent to in the Arctic on a National Geographic assignment. Chasing Ice is the story of his Extreme Ice Survey team on repeated brave and risky missions to Greenland, Iceland and Alaska to gather evidence of the changing planet through revolutionary time-lapse cameras.
The Emmy award winning documentary debuted in 2013, and has since been screened on all 7 continents. The videos of Arctic landscape compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear – going from snow-covered vistas to utterly bare ground. One iceberg calves a chunk the size of lower Manhattan.
As Roger Ebert said in his 3 star review, “Did some of that melting ice later visit Manhattan in the form of Hurricane Sandy? Does melting ice cause a rise in sea level?”
The Chestertown Environmental Series lectures and films are free and open to the public. They are held the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen St. The series is curated by Margo Bailey, and is sponsored by the Town of Chestertown.
For more information, go to https://www.chestertown.com/environment.