Chasing Snow – Mission Impossible among the Climate Change

Feelings — 28.12.2015

I’m from Finland. I’m at home. There should be snow. But there is only a little, just covering the yard. Probably melting away soon. This Christmas was just slightly white. Two years ago it was black – and the lake in front of our house was all open water. Normally it’s totally frozen. All the lakes are in this land of thousands of lakes. But not now. Something is happening. That something is called global warming. I’m afraid if there will be white Christmas anymore in future. Climate change has surrounded our home. It’s not only a big pity that we can’t go sledding hill with my nephew – it is very scary too, how will it be for the future’s kids then? Do people realise the concern even we are starting to see the climate change right in front of us just like this – by losing the winter wonderland? I’m not sure if we are understanding the whole term and taking it seriously. Not the mention knowing the consequences. I remember when I first heard the word global warming, I thought “Wihii we will get a proper summer in Finland…” Shit, I’m ashamed now. But by the years I have got to know a lot more, grown anyway and have become responsible for the ecological things, by doing the best I can. My New Year’s wish is that as many people will walk the same path and I have a small proposition for the New Year’s vow: promise yourself to watch a very interesting document called Chasing Ice – it is so broadening and helps to understand what’s going on. Tell about this document to others too. All the people should watch this. In the end, We Are Responsible for Climate Change. And this helps to realise it’s occurring. The change starts from admission.

Just a weak ice and a thin layer of snow on half of the lake. Farther no ice at all.
Just a weak ice and a thin layer of snow on half of the lake. Farther no ice at all.
Trees are all naked
Trees are all naked
No snow on trees
No snow on trees
Christmas Day 2013
Christmas Day 2013
Our strand on Christmas Day 2013
Our strand on Christmas Day 2013

Chasing Ice document – summary

In the document, you will see the global warming in real action since the nature photographer James Balog has been taking a continuous timelapse film with more than twenty cameras on the Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and Montana glaciers. He has been shooting the melting ice for many years by now and is visualising the change. His project is called the Extreme Ice Survey – and he’s explaining that the glaciers matter because it’s the place where you can see the climate change happening. In the film you get the real picture of the ice loss, glaciers are literally dying. The Columbia Glacier in Alaska, for instance, retreated 4 kilometres in three years. This is scary because the normal situation would be that glaciers melt during the summer but grow during the winter. In the past decades, they basically have just kept melting. The document team has also managed to capture whole glacier islands collapsing. Like Mr Balog is telling in the film glaciers have been calving (= collapsing) for hundreds of thousands of years, but what is happening now is that they are thinning out and dumping more and more ice and water into the sea. So what? Besides this being a significant sign of climatical catastrophe it also will affect straight to the way and where we live.

I was talking with my grandparents yesterday. They were saying they don’t remember the news being so full of environmental issues in the old times. It’s not only about a fast flow of information and developed measurement systems now. It’s a real fact that nowadays weather is more fucked up than it used to be. In the document glaciologist Dr Tad Pfeffer (University of Colorado) is explaining how huge glaciers like Greenland and Antarctic preserve climate records – similarly to tree rings. The climate history – looking at the chemistry of ice and the bubbles of ancient air that ice preserves – is strongly showing how the carbon dioxide amounts have grown in a relatively short period, man made of course, and they go hand in hand with the air temperatures and global warming. Today the carbon dioxide amount of the air is already 40 percent higher than it was when the amount still varied for the natural reasons. Even the global temperature has raised after the year 1850 a small sounding reading of 0,8 Celsius; the scientists are concerned how this has affected the weather and caused some crazy stuff. Like it comes up in the film the scientist are much more horrified about the climate change than the normal people, because they see it, but normal people don’t perceive it yet.

Easy snuffing for my do Peppi when there's no banks of snow
Easy snuffing for my do Peppi when there’s no banks of snow
At least the sun is shining...
At least the sun is shining…
Old times parents said "don't eat snow" - how is it in future...
Old times parents said “don’t eat snow” – how is it in future…

One thing that everyone understands is that we need to breathe to live. But the fact is that the air that we are breathing is changing. And that’s affecting on us. Killing us softly. Plants and animals are already dying to extinction, and that happens hundreds of times faster than a thousand year ago. After a few hundred years this could mean a mass extinction. All the pieces fall into place when watching the document and realizing everything. There are possibilities after we get each others to realise this. The most important thing now is to perceive the climate change, understand the weather changes we are seeing just in front of our noses and affect on each others to understand the truth.

All the data is from the document.

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