Last night I watched a newly released documentary titled Chasing Ice. It was both beautiful, and harrowing. I encourage you to watch it.
The documentary follows acclaimed photographer James Balog on his quest to capture, using time-lapse photography, the multi-year retreat of glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and Montana — where they placed a few dozen cameras in extreme conditions and left them to capture thousands of images over entire seasons. The project is called the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), and is "the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted."
Mr. Balog, formerly a climate change skeptic — he couldn’t believe that man could be ‘powerful’ enough to change the climatic function of an entire planet — no longer has an ounce of doubt about where humanity is heading if it doesn’t rapidly change course.
Where science and local weather observations fail to penetrate to the depth of people’s minds, and thus to their behaviours, these hard-fought-for images tell a much more compelling, graphic tale. Seeing is believing.
Just to entice you further, I’ll place Balog’s TED Talk below.