In the spring of 2005, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was dispatched to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images that tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. At the time, Balog was skeptical. Even if human-caused climate change is real, can we correct it?
But what he saw on that first trip was too compelling to dispute. Balog had to act and so created the ‘Extreme Ice Survey’, a multi-year project that would, through time-lapse photography, document dramatic changes to numerous glaciers around the world. With stunning cinematography and access to never before seen areas of the Arctic, Chasing Ice documents Balog’s incredible journey to provide incontrovertible proof – at great risk to his own health – that our planet is in crisis and what we do to it matters.
– Shannon Abel, Hot Docs