New Films About the Arctic and AntarcticBy Rocky Thompson on October 24th, 2011
I’m a firm believer that the more people know about the beauty of the planet’s wild places the more they’ll work to protect them. I also know that not everyone (including myself) can afford a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica. We learn about them from scientific reports and news articles on climate change. But what we really need is something that bends our minds and tugs at our heartstrings. And it seems that stories about polar bear swimming 426 miles between melting ice floes and Manhattan-sized chunks of Antarctica breaking off aren’t doing it for us. That’s why I’m really looking forward to the release of Frozen Planet, a BBC show that’s in a Planet-Earth-style nature doc on the poles. Also, next year we’ll see To The Arctic in IMAX, from OneWorldOneOcean.org. Hey, Ken Burn’s National Parks doc got people to go to the parks; hopefully this gets people more interested in saving the planet’s polar regions.