AP: What was it like watching the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland come apart?
Orlowski: It was just the two of us (Orlowski and Extreme Ice Survey field coordinator Adam LeWinter) watching this monumental event happen and nobody else was there to observe it or to see it. We felt very fortunate that we were at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment. ... There’s a juxtaposition of emotions that you feel. When you’re out there with the camera, you’re really excited to capture that and you want that to happen so you can record it and document it, but when you look back at the footage you realize how horrific the story is and what it’s actually telling.
AP: James, you were once a climate change skeptic. Were you as skeptical as Sean Hannity?
Balog: Nooo, no no no. Let’s not overstate that. No. Look, 25 years ago I thought that maybe there was a lot of hyperbole around this. I thought that the science was based on computer models which I knew at the time were relatively sketchy. Computer models are quite good now. Also like almost everybody else on this planet back then, it never occurred to me that humans were capable of altering the basic physics and chemistry of the planet.
AP: Why do you think this film might have a different impact than other climate change documentaries like “An Inconvenient Truth”?
Orlowski: What James has been able to accomplish is taking this invisible subject matter of climate change and making it visual, making it emotional and so people can see it for the first time and when you can see it, you understand it in a different way.