Chasing Ice Film Screening: Two Nights in Arcata

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Monday, April 29th, 2013

EPIC presents the award winning film Chasing Ice–a documentary, which shows the dramatic transformation of the world’s glaciers as a means of telling the story of the Earth’s changing climate. This film drives home the true planetary ramifications of deforestation Redwood Country.

MAY 1 in the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University:
EPIC and the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB-HSU) host renowned forest ecologist and conservation scientist Dominick DellaSala to lead a discussion with the audience about climate change. Reception from 4:30-5:00, followed by a 30-minute presentation from Dr. DellaSala with a question and answer period and then the film at 5:30pm. Suggested donation: $3-5.

MAY 2 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge:
EPIC, Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Baykeeper present Chasing Ice in conjunction with Ocean Night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 7pm. Suggested donation: $3-5.

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Chasing Ice SYNOPSIS:

chasing-iceIn 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.
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DominickDellaSala_0Dr. Dominick DellaSala: a brief profile

President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon and President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section.

Dominick is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers, including the award winning “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World” (www.islandpress.org/dellasala). Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations (Earth Summit II) and at HSU’s Biodiversity Conference 2012.

He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” and several PBS wildlife documentaries.

He has testified in congressional hearings in defense of the Endangered Species Act, roadless area conservation, national monument designations, forest protections, and climate change among others.

For his efforts to help foster national roadless area conservation and support designation of new national monuments, he received conservation leadership awards from the World Wildlife Fund in 2000 and 2004, the Wilburforce Foundation in 2006, and was twice nominated for conservation awards for his work as a whistleblower while on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spotted owl recovery team.

His rainforest book received an academic excellence award in 2012 from Choice magazine, one of the nation’s premier book review journals.

Dominick co-founded the Geos Institute in July 2006. He is motivated by leaving a living planet for his daughter and all those to follow.