After hosting hundreds of screenings of Chasing Ice around the world, our team believes that the only way to make progress on climate change is to get our political leaders to understand the science.
To that end, in the Spring of 2014 we launched the Chasing Ice Ohio Tour in an attempt to use the film to shift the political conversation around climate change. As a society, for us to address climate change properly, we need our leaders in Washington to stop debating about whether or not it is actually happening and start taking action. So we decided to take Chasing Ice to one Congressional district, where Congressman Pat Tiberi (OH-12) had denied climate change. http://ofa.barackobama.com/climate-deniers/#/state/oh
In partnership with National Geographic, the Chasing Ice Ohio Tour shared the story and visual evidence of our changing climate to central Ohio residents through free screening events that provided climate education to the public. Our goal was to support Congressman Tiberi through the voice of his constituents, and provide him with the information he needed to understand and embrace climate-change science And it worked.
During Ohio Tour in Spring 2014, Congressman Tiberi responded to numerous constituents as well as the Chasing Ice team about his stance on the issue:
“A global problem requires a global solution. An effective solution requires that all countries agree to participate together. I would like to see us address climate change in a balanced manner, on as broad of front as possible.”
The Chasing Ice Team thanks Congressman Tiberi for his updated comments, yet there is still more work to be done. This Tour serves as a case study for what can happen when constituents use their voice and connect with their political leaders. We encourage the constituents of Ohio District 12 and citizens nationwide to continue to share their voice with their elected officials. That is the only way we can address the reality of climate change.
Our Impact So Far
-There have been over 90 screening presentations hosted in central Ohio.
-8,035 residents of District 12 and surrounding areas have attended screening events.
-Marketing and networking events have reached an additional 1,405 Ohioans.
-In total 9,440 central Ohio residents have learned about how climate change is impacting Ohio.
-Over 300 Ohio resident's have shared their messages with Congressman Tiberi.
-Press and media have real eased over 35 articles or event announcements about the Ohio Tour between April-May 2014.
-Collaboration from over 70 local venues/ organizations, as well as 8 national collaborators represent a wide range of concerned citizens.
-Organization that have joined the movement include many different faith-based communities, 6 high schools and 7 universities, 4 rural and urban farming organizations, 7 art and cultural venues, and 46 various other non-profits, local libraries and communities venues.
-The Chasing Ice team and local collaborators have distributed 5,500 copies of the Chasing Ice DVDs that feature a written call to action specifically created for Ohio residents.
Arctic Action Team
Big Green Head
Bishop Watterson High School
Boy Scouts of America Ohio
Byrd Polar Research Center
Camelot Wine Cellars
Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Church of Resurrection in New Albany
Columbus Capital Square Rotary Club
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
Columbus State Community College
Corpus Cristi Center of Peace
Earth Vision Trust
Environmental Professional Network
Evangelical Environmental Network
Four Seasons City Farm
Gateway Film Center
Green Energy Ohio
Green on the Green
Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots
Lakewood Public Library
League of Conservation Voters
Licking County Library
Martin De Porres Center
McConnell Arts Center
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Mom’s Clean Air Force
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Interfaith Power and Light
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
OSU Adventure Outdoor Center
OSU Students for a Sustainable Campus
Roots Camp Ohio
Schimmel-Conrades Science Center
St. Charles High School
StrongWater Food and Spirits
Sunbury United Methodist Church
The Strand Theater
The WILD Foundation
U.S. Green Building Council Central Ohio
University of Colorado Natural Hazard Center
Westerville Central High School
Westerville North High School
Westerville South High School
Worthington Christian School
Young Evangelicals for Environmental Action
Zane State College