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April 16, 2014

Otsego Land Trust to screen 'Chasing Ice'

The Otsego Land Trust, in partnership with the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College, will be hosting a screening of the documentary “Chasing Ice,” on April 18 at 6 p.m.

An award wining documentary, “Chasing Ice,” follows James Balog, a national Geographic Photographer, as he travels to some of the world’s coldest places in order to document the effects of climate change, accomplishing this by taking time lapse photographs of glaciers.

“I think it’s an incredible service, not only to give us those pictures but also to give us that information,” said Otsego Land Trust Executive Director Virginia Kennedy.

“As a land trust we find that climate change is on the forefront on what we do here every day,” said Sarah Schereen, outreach coordinator for the Otsego Land Trust. “We’re just trying to spread the awareness and the immediacy of these issues.”

The screening will take place at the Vaudevillian building at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta, which is located on the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College. 

This is not the first time The Otsego Land Trust has screened chasing Ice, as it sponsored the film’s inclusion in last year’s Glimmerglass Film Days film festival. After the screening, there was a discussion on the film with Otsego Land Trust Executive Director Virginia Kennedy.

“It was very successful at Glimmerglass in engaging people in a conversation about climate change,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy noted, however, that the audience at the festival was mostly older. She said that the Otsego Land Trust is trying to do more outreach to young people this year, and showing “Chasing Ice,” to a younger audience is a part of that.

“We wanted to get it in front of college kids,” said Kennedy, which is why she said the land trust has partnered with the environmental campus for this screening.

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