Climate issues through a public lens: 4 film and photography events at Climate Week NYC

16 September 2014

NEW YORK: With days to go until Climate Week NYC, we take a look at four affiliate events happening across the city which will give the public an insight on climate issues, through the more accessible format of films, photography and documentaries.

The rise in atmospheric CO2 reached its maximum in 2013, according to a study by the World Meteorological Organization. Authors state the world's CO2 levels are now 142% higher than they were before the industrial revolution, which is leading to potentially irreversible effects on plants, oceans and glaciers, as well as communities and economies.

Furthermore, the US Center for Atmospheric Research predicts that if greenhouse gas emission increases continue at their current brisk pace, then climate change could leave the entire Arctic ice-free by 2040.

In light of such extraordinary forecasts, it's logical the public should want to learn more about climate change and ways to tackle it. Of the more than 120 affiliate events confirmed for Climate Week NYC 2014, many are public-facing, but four events in particular address climate issue through the compelling vehicle of film and photography.

A high-profile photography exhibition showcasing an eight year long survey on global climate change by the internationally-acclaimed Brazilian photographer, Sebastiaio Salgado, will be held on September 18. The exhibition will share over 200 black and white photographs curated in a way that highlights the impacts of climate change.

Then on September 24, Chasing Ice, an award-winning documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and a nominee at the Academy and Emmy awards, will be screened. The documentary is based on the renowned environmental photographer, James Balog’s breathtaking venture into Iceland where he collects staggering data on the rapid depletion of glaciers. Depicting glacial erosion, the film is a work of incredible photographs woven together as videos. The screening is followed by a question and answer session with James Balog.

If you're looking for something more family-friendly, on September 27 and 28, don't miss Eco Heroes Save The Climate, a half hour family film on climate change. Through an adventure storyline it throws light on the adverse impact of carbon dioxide and methane on climate and the counter-habits that can be adopted. 

And on September 27, visitors will be taken on a tour to the Natual History Museum in Queens to witness the famous Panorama of the City of New York. The tour aims to enlighten visitors about the challenges that a changing climate poses to urban planning. A documentary, showing projections on panorama’s back wall, will follow the tour. 

See what's happening near you at ClimateWeekNYC.org or follow the global conversation on #CWNYC.

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By Shuvait Koul

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