Chasing Ice, the acclaimed documentary that received an Oscar nomination for best original song, will be screened for free on campus March 4 at 7 p.m. in CEMEX Auditorium. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the film’s producer and director, Stanford alum JEFF ORLOWSKI, as well as Stanford Woods Institute fellows TERRY ROOT, NOAH DIFFENBAUGH and MICHAEL WARA.
Chasing Ice chronicles the story of photographer JAMES BALOG and his mission to gather evidence of our changing planet. With a team of young adventurers, Balog deployed time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture the world’s glaciers as they melted over the course of several years. The result is a haunting visual record that compresses years into seconds and documents ancient mountains of ice disappearing. Chasing Ice is ”full of stunning images in addition to being timely … as watchable as it is important,” according to the New York Times. It has won nearly 20 awards at film festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Award for a U.S. documentary.
Orlowski, who graduated from Stanford in 2007, is the founder of Exposure, a film company dedicated to socially relevant films. Root, who is featured in the film, works on large-scale ecological questions with a focus on the impacts of global warming. Diffenbaugh is an assistant professor of environmental Earth system science. His research is centered on the dynamics and impacts of climate variability and change. He recently released the results of a snowpack study that predicts this source of fresh water could shrink drastically. Wara, associate professor of law and an expert on environmental law and policy, addresses the performance of the emerging global markets for greenhouse gases and mechanisms for reducing emissions, especially in developing countries.
The Yost House student residence is hosting the event in collaboration with the Stanford Woods Institute.
—ROB JORDAN, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment