HCUCC “Chasing Ice” Potluck, Film, Discussion
On April 26, 2014 at 6pm join us at High Country UCC for a free potluck, film screening, and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary “Chasing Ice“. Whether or not you bring food, please come join us for this unusual opportunity to witness glacial ice up close and personal. This 2012 film presents undeniable evidence of climate change through National Geographic photographer James Balog’s extraordinary time-lapse photography of massive scale glacial melting through his “Extreme Ice Survey“.
While the High Country lacks glaciers as visual barometers of our changing climate, other aspects of the same phenomena touch us here too. There are spiritual themes threaded throughout this film as well, and these days more attention is being paid to the ethic we generally hold towards the Earth. As Thomas Berry observed, “All human professions, institutions, and activities must be integral with the earth as the primary self-nourishing, self-governing and self-fulfilling community. To integrate our human activities within this context is our way into the future.”
During our 11 am worship service the next day, Rev Nancy Sehested will explore the necessary intersection of our faith with care for our planet.
Here is the synopsis of the film:
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: 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. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of 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, the photographer 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 to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.