"Chasing Ice" was a powerful and inspiring documentary that centered around James Balog, an environmental photographer, who was hired by National Geographic to take pictures on the Arctic to convey climate change. He placed cameras in different areas of the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's various glaciers. His time-lapse videos captured various ancient glaciers and frozen lakes melt and vanished in a matter of seconds, which was shocking and breathtaking.
Professor Thompson said that because the glaciers melt and the sea level rose, the intensity of natural disasters such as tsunami, thunderstorm and tornadoes increased and became more destructive than ever before.
Professor Selby said that all scientists in the scientific community agreed global warming existed, all they argued about was how great the outcome was going to be. "Unfortunately, this became a weird political debate among people who didn't understand the facts, and we need to move that back to facts and data, rather than the politics, or we are going to be in very...well, we are already in serious enough trouble, we'll have a lot more trouble in the future."
Professor Tower said a woman told her that "what we want this film to demonstrate to people is that everybody has a place in this cause. Everybody has an expertise in something, or have a passion about something, and in some way you can bring efforts toward this cause." She also reiterated what Jame Balog had said in the film, that there was no time for politics or debate about whether global warming was real or not. She wanted the audience to feel empowered because never before had there been such a big and aware young generation and so much technology available, so she encouraged the young people to "get to it."
In the end, the professors encouraged students to join the community of experts, faculty, staff and students, including Santa Monica College's very own EcoAction club, and be educated of the different ways they could do to help make the world a better place to live.
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