“There must be something I can do … to help our children, to help my grandchildren…. I thought it [global warming] was bullshit … and that is because I listened, I believed Bill O’Reilly … and I saw this movie and now I will apologize to anyone I ever talked into not believing in global warming.”
A NOTE from me – @justin_kanew – the guy who shot it:
People have been asking me if this video is set up. I promise it isn’t. I was at the theater helping with the release of the movie all weekend, mostly managing the guest list. Many people came out of the movie emotional, but none as emotional as this lady. She started talking to me in a very real way, with tears in her eyes, essentially apologizing to me for her previous position on the subject and letting me know she was a Fox/O’Reilly watcher who just had her mind changed by the movie. It occurred to me that that was a pretty powerful moment, and one you don’t see every day, so i asked her if she would mind telling me that on video. She said she wouldn’t, so I pulled out my camera, and what you see here happened.
I’m a supporter of the project, and the subject, but I would not call myself a climate change activist… however I do know a powerful moment when I see one, and this was that. There’s no editing here, and this woman is not an actress. I would swear to it on the Bible, the constitution, or anything else you put in front of me.
Privately, a quite prominent climate activist — who has written excellent books and gotten himself arrested and … — sent a group of us a note that I am certain he wouldn’t mind my sharing:
Last night, at the E Street Theater in DC, I finally got the chance to see the much-talked about, very beautiful, very terrifying, deeply moving film called Chasing Ice. It’s the story of photographer James Balog’s effort to capture the astonishing retreat of the world’s great glaciers due to rapid global warming. Finally, someone has managed to put into images the greatest crisis modern humans have ever faced. You absolutely must see this film.
I’m regret that I haven’t seen it yet … but clearly I need to change that.
People ask what President Obama can do about climate change in the face of a House run by extreme cases of Anti-Science Syndrome Haters Of a Livable Environmental System. Many have proposed using the Bully Pulpit. And, within that Pulpit, include invitations to the White House (remembering that even Bachman went to the White House to have a photo with the President).
How about inviting members of Congress for popcorn and a film … Chasing Ice.
Moviegoer: I’m just — let me, just let me say what I have to say: that I watch Bill O’Reilly every day. I love Bill O’Reilly, I’m proud to be an American, but I saw this movie Chasing Ice today, and it hasn’t just changed me about global warming, it has changed me as a person.And, there is something, I don’t know what I can do, I’m sixty years old, but there must be something I can do, to help, to help our children, to help my grandkids.
But I’m gonna change it. Because this movie was fantastic. Every human being in this world should watch this movie. Everyone.
Offscreen: And you didn’t believe in global warming?
Moviegoer: I did not believe in global warming. I am going to be sixty on December twenty-one, and every time someone mentioned global warming to me, I told them, if they wanted to remain in my home, they needed to step out. Because I said it was bullshit. I didn’t believe it. Excuse my language.
And that is because, I listened — this is the truth — I believed Bill O’Reilly.
Offscreen: And now you saw this movie…
Moviegoer: And I saw this movie, and I apologize to anyone I ever talked into not — into believing there was no global warming. I have talked every friend, every person I know, into believing there was no global warming.
And now I have to undo my damage. And I will. From the moment I go to my car, go to home, go to my computer — it has changed my life.
Offscreen: Wow, that’s great, that’s really — .
Moviegoer: Thank you. Thank you for giving me this moment. It was a great movie.
Offscreen: Ok, thank you.
And here’s a trailer for the movie that rocked this devoted denier’s world to the ground: Chasing Ice.