2014 Films: Thin Ice

(NZ | 2013 | 74 min | Dir: Simon Lamb & David Sington)

Monday 31 March 2014 6:00 pm

Thin Ice is a joint initiative between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (VUW), and London-based DOX Productions.

The project began over a cup of coffee at a Climate Change and Governance conference in Wellington in March 2006. Peter Barrett (VUW) suggested to Simon Lamb (Oxford) that he make a film about it with his friend David Sington (DOX Productions)

The aim from the outset was to give people from all walks of the life the chance to see the astonishing range of human activity as well as scientific endeavour that is required to help us understand our changing climate. Our idea was then we would all be better able to decide both individually and collectively how we might deal with it.

Both Universities have active programmes with worldwide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research. For Oxford see www.climateprediction.net and www.eci.ox.ac.uk, and for VUW see www.victoria.ac.nz/antarctic and www.victoria.ac.nz/climate-change.

We visited researchers on four continents and the ocean as they studied the changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets through measurements (from instruments, satellites, ice and rock) and computer modelling. We have to think not only in human time scales (hundreds of years), but also Ice Age time scales (tens of thousands of years), and even beyond (before 2-3 million years ago) when Earth was naturally warmer.

Dr Guy Midgley, Chief Director of the South African National Biodiversity Institute‘s Climate Change and Bioadaptation Division and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as Michael Baillie from Greenpeace Africa participated in an informal audience discussion after the screening.

Courtesy of the directors.

Screened with A Wave Ahead.

Visit the Thin Ice website.