Several years ago, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images that would document the effects of global warming.
The result of his quest, the documentary Chasing Ice, is screened on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Directed by Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Ice follows Balog -- initially a skeptic on climate change -- as his travels convince him of the impact humans have on the planet.
Within months of his first trip to Iceland, Balog initiated the Extreme Ice Survey, an expedition to collect data on the seasonal changes of glaciers. Utilizing time-lapse photography, Balog and his crew captured a multiyear record of the world's glaciers as they erode and, in many cases, vanish.
The expedition was plagued by technical problems and camera malfunctions, not to mention threats to Balog's personal health. But he came home with footage of a glacier calving,(the breaking off of chunks of ice around the edges of a glacier) at Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland that lasted 75 minutes, the longest such event ever captured on film.
The event is co-sponsored by Organizing for Action.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.