Target: National Geographic photographer James Balog
Goal: Applaud and encourage documentary study of changing glaciers due to global warming
It may be hard to believe, but presently there are still those who deny global warming and the negative effects that humans have on the earth. Many scientists still deny atmospheric and physical changes that the earth is experiencing; here to match this skepticism is National Geographic photographer James Balog. Balog has studied and documented glaciers and their sizes since 2005; the result of this dedication is found in the documentary “Chasing Ice.”
James Balog, along with a team consisting of one engineer, a climatologist, glaciologist and videographer, journeyed across the northern part of the globe to study glaciers. The group put cameras in Greenland, Iceland, Montana, Bolivia, Canada and Alaska, with the goal of automatically taking continuous pictures of the areas for six-month increments. The photos were made into time-lapse videos to study the changes that the glaciers underwent. What this team discovered through these videos is incredible and terrifying. All of the studied glaciers shrunk on a massive scale, some eleven or so miles within years. The glaciers do not build back up substantially during colder months; the ice continuously recedes, because it is unhealthy, and will end up causing significant problems for areas such as the Gulf Coast and Greenland.
James Balog started this project with the goal to raise awareness; his desire is to become a messenger for the earth and convince people that global warming is real, and we must work to save what is left of the glaciers. Our world’s glaciers are telling us that we are in trouble. If we do not attempt to change our ways, thousands of people will be displaced due to their coastal homes sinking under water, and natural disasters will continue to wreak havoc on the earth. By signing this petition you commend James Balog for his incredible work, and vow to research and do your part to reduce your own carbon footprint and save our Earth.
Dear James Balog,
Your documentary film, “Chasing Ice,” is an incredible testament of the impact that humans have on the earth. It is breathtaking and undeniably real. Thank you for risking your life, sanity and credibility by trekking across the northern part of the globe to capture melting glaciers. Because of your courage and passion, humans will have a better understanding of how devastating our current lifestyles are to the earth. Because of your dedication over the course of seven years, more people will believe that global warming is real, and more will actively work to change the condition of the earth.
Thank you for all that you do. In your honor I vow to reduce my carbon footprint to help the earth survive.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Marianocecowski via Wikipedia