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WMEAC to screen "Chasing Ice" at Loosemore Auditorium

The WMEAC Film Series presents a photojournalist's journey to catalog climate change in the Arctic.

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Chasing Ice

On Tuesday, February 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) will host "Chasing Ice," at Grand Valley State University's Loosemore Auditorium in Downtown Grand Rapids. The film is the third of WMEAC's 2013-2014 Film Series.

The film follows National Geographic and environmental photographer James Balog through his journey across the Arctic. After seeing what he deemed as evidence of drastic climate change, Balog created and embarked upon an "Extreme Ice Survey," an expedition into the Arctic to capture receding glaciers on film. Balog uses time-lapse cameras across the Arctic over multiple years to record the world's changing glaciers. A team of adventurers and filmmakers come along to share the story of Balog's pursuit.

Beyond cataloging shrinking glaciers, Balog and his team also tackle the growing question of climate change and humans impact on the environment.

"Chasing Ice" has won numerous awards including the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the Excellence in Cinematography Award for a U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

An interactive discussion with Kevin Strychar from Annis Water Resources  Institute and Kim Walton from Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center will follow the film.

Disclosure: The author is currently an intern for WMEAC, in collaboration with The Rapidian's internship program.

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