‘Climate change’ was in the spotlight Sunday afternoon (January 6th) at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers with the showing of ‘Chasing Ice’, a movie about the melting of glaciers in Iceland, Greenland and other areas of the Arctic, and a community forum that followed presentation of the film.
Sunday’s showing was one of several at the Riviera for the film that features the work of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog who, in the spring of 2005, headed to the Arctic “on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.” As noted on the ‘Chasing Ice’ website, “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 that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.”
Two St. Joseph County residents – Carol Higgins of Mendon and Rob Sisson of Sturgis – worked with the Riviera Theatre to offer the community forum in conjunction with Sunday’s showing of the film. Higgins chairs the board of the St. Joseph County Conservation District and Sisson is president of ConservAmerica, an organization that is “working to restore conservation and environmental stewardship as fundamental elements of the Republican Party’s vision for America.” They joined moderator Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal in conducting the forum.
During an interview following Sunday’s activities, Higgins said, “Anytime even one person stands up and says they’re going to try and make a change or they’re going to tell their friends or get more people involved in an issue that they’re concerned about, it’s a success. . . . There was a good turnout today of concerned people and of people who saw something that they wouldn’t have ever had an opportunity before, and how our climate is changing and the glaciers are the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for a lot of us.” (Carol Higgins audio clip – :36)
Sisson also participated in the interview and said, “I think it’s impressive that the Riviera Theatre hosted this film and have had and will have multiple showings of it here in the heart of the most Republican county in Michigan. I guess sanity and common sense is making some inroads now.” And he said, “I was very encouraged with the questions afterwards in the forum. I think people came with the mindset – ‘I want to learn what I can do to help spread this information and get more people interested in the topic’ so that’s exciting to see.” (Rob Sisson audio clip – :31)
Additional showings of ‘Chasing Ice’ at the Riviera Theatre are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 through Saturday, January 12. Admission is $6 Adult, $5 Child/Student/Senior.
For further insights regarding ‘Chasing Ice’ and Sunday’s community forum on the film, click on the following link to hear the interview with Carol Higgins and Rob Sisson, a conversation recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal: Carol Higgins & Rob Sisson interview (5:13 – 4.77 MB)