James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special, Extreme Ice.
In 2009, he served as a NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen. In 2014, he was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal.
A revolution is happening, yet few people know about it. James Balog’s lifelong adventure as a photographer, explorer and scientist has given him the opportunity to witness that revolution. Despite beliefs deeply embedded in Western civilization to the contrary, the human race is permanently altering the earth’s operating system. We are the dominant force of evolutionary change to the air, ice, forests, grasslands, wildlife, oceans, and reefs. As such, we are part of nature and integral to it. In recognition of this new understanding, science has coined a word for our epoch of geologic time: “Anthropocene” (Anthropo = human, cene = period). ‘Human Tectonics: Ice, Fire and Life in the Anthropocene’ explores the collision between people and nature through Balog’s encounters with elemental substances—lava, forests, wildlife, ice, fire. Balog’s first-hand accounts and photographic testimony make for a provocative and riveting multimedia presentation celebrating the amazing beauty of the world we all share; at the same time challenging us to create a new relationship with the non-human natural world. The lecture will take place at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW on Wednesday 2 December. The lecture will start at 1830 (the Cinema bar will open at 1730).
To book tickets please visit the RPS website.