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Posted: April 18, 2013

Chasing Ice and more for Earth Day weekend

In celebration of Earth Day weekend,  Wildsight is bringing the documentary Chasing Ice to the big screen in Kimberley and Cranbrook.

Once a skeptic about climate change, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was shocked at his time-lapse images of disappearing Arctic ice. Chasing Ice is the story of Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by releasing undeniable evidence of climate change. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Chasing Ice won awards at many film fests, including Sundance,  SXSW,  Hot Docs,  and Boulder.

“The before and after imagery of Balog’s project speaks for itself,  with the power and strange beauty of the evolving landscape strong evidence that something is indeed happening,  now and fast,” wrote the LA Times.

The film is showing on Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. at McKim Theatre in Kimberley and on Sunday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. at Key City Theatre in Cranbrook. Admission is by donation.

Join Wildsight on Earth Day weekend to see this stunning film on climate change. “But we won’t just leave you feeling depressed after the film,” said Sander-Green. “We’ll also tell you what you can do to help our climate.”

You can watch the trailer at .

In addition to screening Chasing Ice, Wildsight has daytime events on tap for Earth Day Weekend.

There will be free composting workshops and open houses showing simple home energy-saving upgrades, in both Kimberley and Cranbrook.

Introduction to Composting Workshops, Wildsight’s free introduction to composting workshops are aimed at people wanting to start a backyard compost or to improve their existing compost. Compost expert Sonja Seher will demonstrate the simple hows and whys of home composting, and in one hour participants will be ready to compost food scraps and yard waste in their own backyard.

Early registrants will have the opportunity to purchase an Earth Machine-composters from the Regional District of East Kootenay at a discounted price of $30. “You might be surprised to learn how much you can reduce the amount of organic waste you send to the landfill,” said Sander-Green “and how much that can reduce your carbon footprint.”

Workshops run on Saturday,  April 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Kimberley at the Allotment Garden next to Centennial Hall and 2 p.m. in Cranbrook at the Public Produce Garden.

“We’ve already had to add a second workshop in Kimberley,” said Sander-Green, “so please sign up right away to be sure to secure a place.”

Registration is available online at or by phone at 250-427-2535 x227.

Home Energy Renovation Open Houses

“We all know how expensive it can be to heat a home in the Kootenays,” said Sander-Green, “so Wildsight has made some energy upgrades at two demonstration homes to show what people they can easily do themselves.”

Over the past two weekends, volunteers have helped two local homeowners make simple energy efficiency upgrades that will save money and energy for years to come. Now, Wildsight is inviting people to see the improvements for themselves and learn how and where to apply them in their own homes.

The open houses run from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at 321 12th Ave S in Cranbrook and on Saturday,  April 20 at 721 5th Ave in Kimberley.

See for more information or call 250-427-2535 (x227).

“We’ll be on hand to show you what we’ve done at the demonstration homes,” said Sander-Green, “but also to talk about specifics that you could do in your own home. From air sealing and insulation to heat recovery ventilation and LEDs, we have steps that everyone can take.”

There is no better time to connect with Wildsight than this year’s Earth Day weekend for Chasing Ice and the free workshops and open houses.


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