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‘Chasing Ice’ Presented by Clarke Environmental Film Series

By Clarke News  |  September 16, 2015

– “Chasing Ice,” the story of one man’s firsthand account of the impact of climate change in the Arctic, will be the second in a series of movies presented by Clarke University as part of its Environmental Film Series during the 2015-16 academic year.

“Chasing Ice” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Clarke will partner with several area agencies to present the Environmental Film Series. Green Dubuque is Clarke’s partner for this film. Each film will be followed with a call to action. For “Chasing Ice,” Green Dubuque asks attendees to make lifestyle changes to reduce waste and consumption in order to lighten our climate impact.

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on assignment for  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 and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

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.

REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources, projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

The remainder of the film schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. – “The Clean Bin Project,” presented by the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency.

    Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. – “The Lorax,” presented by the Dubuque County Conservation Board.

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. – “Last Call at the Oasis,” presented by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. – Showing of top submitted films.

The last film session in April will be unique in that students, families and community members can create their own environmental film. Winners of this film contest will be able to present their video and ideas to others and make their own call to action. The top video will receive a $200 prize. Films must be submitted by March 1.

The Environmental Film Series is open to the public.