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Documentary Holds Out Hope That It’s Not Yet Too Late to Reverse Effects of Climate Change


By Jim Carey

The political leaders most able to do something about it continue to ignore climate change. While the cataclysmic effects of global warming become ever clearer, scientists and significant swaths of the public are trying to make a difference. That’s the focus of Ice on Fire, an eye-opening documentary that will be shown Monday at 1pm in the Quinta Hotel TV room. It focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming. Ice on Fire focuses on the cutting-edge research behind today’s climate science and innovations aimed at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which could pave the way for a reduction in the global temperature rise and a benefit to the planet’s life systems.

With sweeping cinematography of a world worth saving, Ice on Fire was filmed across the globe, in places like Norway, Alaska, Iceland, Colorado, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Connecticut. The film highlights firsthand accounts of people at the forefront of the climate crisis, with insights from scientists, farmers, and innovators. Ice on Fire is directed by Leila Conners and narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ice on Fire emphasizes the importance of an immediate, two-pronged approach to reversing the crisis: first, reducing carbon emissions through traditional renewable energy sources and new ones, like tidal energy, and second, implementing “drawdown” measures, focusing on methods for drawing down and sequestering carbon, including direct-air capture, sea farms, urban farms, biochar, marine snow, and bionic leaves.

While much of the political and economic focus has been on the energy sector, the film points out that drawdown (pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and oceans and sequestering it underground or into new materials) is perhaps the best hope for mitigating climate change.

The film visits places like the Usal Redwood Forest Foundation in northern California, highlighting a carbon-storage project that focuses on reforestation and creates “biochar” to put CO2 back into the soil; Ron Finley’s urban farm in Los Angeles, where members of the community grow nutritious food that takes carbon out of the air; Climeworks’ nimble direct-air-capture machine in Zurich; and Thimble Island Ocean Farm off the coast of Connecticut, where owner Bren Smith grows shellfish and seaweed that soak up more carbon than land-based plants and can be used for food, animal feed, and fertilizer.

Ice on Fire finds that while the risks and urgency may be higher than ever today, there are also greater opportunities for innovative solutions, offering a realistic but hopeful perspective on a key global issue that demands our attention. However, the question remains: “Is it game over or game on?”

Join us Monday. All our events are free, open to everyone and followed by a discussion.

Meeting and Film

OccupySMA presents

Ice on Fire

Mon, Aug 26, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Calle Loreto 15, Centro



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