Free Film Screening, “Chasing Ice,” Hosted By Councilman Bullock On April 29

“All are invited for great nature photography and a discussion.”  -- Tom Bullock

In honor of Earth Day and greater awareness of conservation throughout the month, Lakewood Councilman Tom Bullock invites residents to join him for a discussion and screening of the documentary film, "Chasing Ice" at Lakewood Public Library (main branch auditorium) at 7 p.m. on April 29. The screening is free and open to the public, thanks to a grant by National Geographic.

"Chasing Ice" is an Academy Award-Nominated documentary that captures visual evidence of climate change impacts on arctic glaciers through the use of time-lapse photography. The film features the work of a National Geographic photographer and an Ohio State University polar science researcher.

“We’re a week late, but it’s ‘Earth Day’ all month in Lakewood,” joked Councilman Bullock. “We’re lucky that the "Chasing Ice" film happens to be touring central Ohio right now and the film director agreed to share a copy for screening in Lakewood. I’ve seen it once and the photography is stunning, on top of the important conservation message the film delivers.”

The official movie website gives the following synopsis: “Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. "Chasing Ice" reveals Balog's hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers across the Arctic, all while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. The film debuts the original song by J. Ralph, performed by Scarlett Johansson.” A trailer and more information about the film can be viewed at www.chasingice.com.

“Anyone curious about climate change impacts can watch this film to see the evidence for themselves,” said Bullock. “You can see with your own eyes that climate change is already impacting the arctic. We’re feeling impacts in Ohio, too, that may not yet be as immediately noticeable, but will impact our drinking water, farms, food, and city budgets in ways we need to prepare for and mitigate, if possible.”

Bullock said he plans a follow-up forum to analyze a University of California at Berkeley study that ranked Northeast Ohio zip codes by carbon footprint. Bullock noted that Lakewood failed to make the top ten, a fact which may surprise Lakewood residents.

Tom Bullock

Tom Bullock serves Lakewood residents as their at-Large representative on City Council. Share ideas or concerns with Tom at 216-337-1318 or tom.bullock@lakewoodoh.net.

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