Photographing the Rate of Climate Change

 Illustrating Rate of Climate ChangeThis week I stumbled on a video that was jaw dropping. It was a video about a glacier calving a section about the size of lower Manhattan. Whoa! The video is an excerpt from a documentary called Chasing Ice.  Could a photographer be key in illustrating rate of climate Change?

“In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Artic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to hep 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…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. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.” From

A few summers ago, my kids and I saw some of the glaciers around the Inside Passage of Alaska. This sounds horrible to say, yet we wanted to see them while we still could. They are retreating at a very fast rate. The picture above is of Mendenhall Glacier outside Juneau, Alaska. You should see them, any of them. They are breathtaking. They are a huge part of the wonderful systems of our planet.

Americans’ concerns about climate change are trending slowly but steadily upward

Also this week, we recorded a Green Gab podcast with Suzanne Shelton of the Shelton Group. The Shelton Group is the nation’s leading marketing communications firm focused exclusively on energy and the environment. They poll regularly to get the pulse of public sentiment and we talk about a shift that has come about. “Americans’ concerns about climate change are trending slowly but steadily upward. A strong majority now believe climate change is human caused and 90% believe the average American should be taking action to minimize his or her environmental impact.” From energypulse™ 2016 Special Report. Click on the linked title to download the report.

The common good has been getting a lot of attention lately. Is it time for us to recognize the common good of taking care of our planet, our home?

So the big question is how do we in the green and energy efficient industry help? How do we inspire you, home owners, residents, and building owners and occupants to want to do what you can to slow down, or better yet, stop the rate of climate change we are experiencing? I hope we can start a conversation that inspires us all to take action.

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