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'Chasing Ice' Earth Day screening event to highlight
climate change in CNY
Updated April 22, 2013  March 4, 2013

GreeningUSA will show the multi-award winning documentary "Chasing Ice," which tracks National Geographic photographer James Balog's quest to document Earth's changing climate as told through majestic glaciers, on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 7 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse.

Chasing Ice documentary video cover graphic

Advance sales of Chasing Ice tickets have ended.
Tickets may be purchased at the door starting at 6 p.m.
Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets online!

Tickets for online orders will be issued at the door starting at
6 p.m. the night of the event.

Check-in at the door and give the name used to order your ticket(s).

"One of the most beautiful films of the year."
  - Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post

"Stunning…Timely…A solitary quest with global implications."
  - Neil Genzlinger, The NY Times

About the film

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: 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. depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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Doors open at 6 p.m. Green and energy related information from event sponsors, as well as refreshments, will be available.

Immediately following the film a Climate Impacts and Actions in CNY panel presentation will explore the documentary's environmental implications from a local perspective. The panel will consist of Dave Eichorn, meteorologist; Chris Carrick, energy program manager, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board; and Yvonne Rothenberg, founder, CNY chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Moderating the panel will be Chris Bolt, WAER news and public affairs director.

"Chasing Ice" follows nature photographer James Balog as he documents melting glaciers in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Montana. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Called the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog sets up still cameras that have been programmed to take a picture, once every hour, for three years, of the same glacier, from a fixed spot.

WAER's interview with 'Chasing Ice' Photographer James Balog (listen to mp3)

WAER's interview with 'Chasing Ice' Director/Producer Jeff Orlowski (listen to mp3)

The scale of the glaciers, and the almost hallucinogenic clarity of the images, make the resulting footage, based on three years' shooting, most impressive. One piece of ice we see breaking off is said to be the size of lower Manhattan.

The visuals are riveting, and they drive home the point that the film makes in voice over narration by Balog, interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and occasional charts and graphs: Ice is melting at an alarmingly unglacial pace.

The 75-minute "Chasing Ice" has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, including: The Environmental Media Association's 22nd Annual BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door starting at 6 p.m. (suggested donations): $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are free. Please see The Palace Theatre parking information below.

Event sponsors will be staffing display tables in the lobby before and after the screening.


Limited free parking...

The Palace's rear lot (enter from Stafford Ave.)

Pomco building rear lot across from the Palace (enter from North Ave.)

If above lots are full, please use on-street parking (availability permitting) on James St. and along side streets surrounding the Palace. Better yet, carpool or use Centro bus service if possible!

For more information, contact Sam Gordon, 315-422-8276 ext. 204,, or Peter Wirth, 315-476-3396,

This special "Chasing Ice" Earth Day documentary and panel presentation event is sponsored by GreeningUSA, a local nonprofit advocating for sustainable communities, and by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB), a public agency and independent contractor to NYSERDA through the New York Climate Smart Communities Program. Event proceeds will benefit GreeningUSA.

Panel presentation following the film

Chris Bolt, WAER News and Public Affairs Director

Dave Eichorn,
Topic: Changes in Climate, Changes in Variability
Dave will address climate change from a meteorological perspective. How changes in the Arctic affect our climate, in particular the increased variability in our weather and the impact on CNY.

Currently Meteorologist for, Dave was chief meteorologist for WSYR-TV for 20 years and has an M.S. degree in Environmental Science from SUNY ESF. While working on his master's degree, he developed climate science courses for SUNY ESF under a NASA grant.

Chris Carrick, CNY RPDB
Topic: Climate Solutions in CNY
Chris will speak on regional efforts within Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties geared at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering the adoption of clean energy technologies.

Chris manages the Energy Program at the CNY RPDB, a public agency. Chris is the founder and director of the Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program. C2IP provides financial and technical assistance to local municipalities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Yvonne T. Rothenberg, Citizens Climate Lobby
Topic: Creating the Political Will for a Stable Climate
Why would a person leave a relaxed, comfortable retirement lifestyle to take on the hard work of organizing and coordinating climate lobby groups, first in Syracuse and then other upstate N.Y. cities? Yvonne will share why she felt compelled to organize for the Citizens Climate Lobby.

The Citizens Climate Lobby is a national non-partisan organization whose goal is to create the political will for a sustainable climate and to teach individuals how to exercise their political power.

Many thanks to our event sponsors


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