This is an 18 minute TED talk that renowned photographer James Balog, of the Extreme Ice Survey gave in Oxford in 2009. He talks about his quest to merge art and science together to produce irrefutable proof of the impact climate destabilisation is having on the glaciers of this world. Not only is his (time lapse) photography visually stunning but it is perhaps more compelling evidence than some of the weighty scientific reports on the matter.
James ends his talk by concluding our current inaction on climate destabilisation is one of “perception”, in other words, not enough people really get it yet. They don’t really get the magnitude of change and the danger it will bring. I whole heartedly agree and can only applaud James’s effort to produce material that makes this so abundantly clear.
Check out the trailer of the full length documentary Chasing Ice that tells this same story in a more powerful way. Also check out the in depth interview of James with Bill Moyers.