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CLIMATE CHANGE : THE MELTING GLACIERS (CREATING AWARENESS) part 1

August 23, 2016

We all talk about the climate change, the global warming but when it comes to common people (pretty much like me), we fail to understand the impact it will have in the coming years and how we as individuals (yes you read that right) are contributing to it every second.

I had read a little about it 2014 and had witnessed some time lapse photos of the melting glaciers but it wasn’t till today (to be precise) that I realized how very foolish we are being by not understanding the implications of this climate change.

Thanks to netflix, I recently saw this documentary called ‘CHASING ICE’. Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Chasing Ice reveals Balog’s hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers across the Arctic, all while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history.

Chasing Ice is a feature documentary about one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, by helicopter, canoe, and dogsled, to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether, risking both his career and his well-being. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labor. But his hauntingly beautiful videos compress those years into seconds. His Extreme Ice Survey captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist doing everything in his power to deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.

 

Once we see the time lapse videos and the images, do we realise how we are damaging the climate of our planet and how it doesn’t look like a very convincing future for our coming generations. We must all take a step to bring down the carbon emission and do all we can to slow down the melting of the glaciers.

BY –

Shruti Sharma

PHOENIX FEATHERS (SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANCY)

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