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See documentary 'Chasing Ice' to learn about global warming

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  • National Geographic photographer James Balog surveys the state of a vanishing glacier in Greenland during the shooting of "Chasing Ice." The documentary will be screened twice Monday, April 22, in Crystal Lake.

      National Geographic photographer James Balog surveys the state of a vanishing glacier in Greenland during the shooting of "Chasing Ice." The documentary will be screened twice Monday, April 22, in Crystal Lake.

  • Video: "Chasing Ice"

 

Submitted by Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

On Monday, April 22, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will present the documentary "Chasing Ice" at McHenry County College's Luecht Conference Center, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

An afternoon showing is planned for 1:30 p.m., and an evening screening at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The screenings are free and open to the public; donations to help cover costs are accepted.

"Chasing Ice" follows acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog as he heads to the Arctic on assignment for National Geographic. His goal is to capture images that help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate.

A skeptic about global warming when his journey began, Balog discovers undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. The film provides a way to visualize climate change in progress.

An Academy Award nominee, "Chasing Ice" has received many awards since its release last November. This will be the first screening in McHenry County.

This event is sponsored by Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and MCC Down to Earth. It is hosted by MCC Sustainability Center and the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute.

Glacier retreat is the most visible indicator of climate change in the world today. Glaciers are excellent gauges of climate because their retreat, growth, or stasis reflects regional temperature and precipitation patterns.

The vast majority of glaciers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania are retreating due to warming temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns, with the rate of ice loss accelerating in recent decades

Humanity is directly and immediately affected by glacier retreat through water resources, sea level, and ocean circulation. It also acts as an early warning of other climate change impacts now accelerating worldwide.

For more information, see "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States," U.S. Global Change Research Program, at www.globalchange.gov/usimpacts.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides community residents with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use, and energy and natural resource conservation. Donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

For more information, visit www.mcdef.org or call (815) 338-0393.

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