National Film Board's 'Losing Blue' Chronicles Alarming Alpine Lake Changes Amid Climate Crisis

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) presents "Losing Blue," a poignant documentary delving into the profound effects of global warming on Canada's iconic glacier-fed alpine lakes. These lakes, renowned for their unique blue hues shaped by mountains and ice, face imminent threats as climate change accelerates environmental shifts, leading to the disappearance of some of these spectacular blues.

In collaboration with Living Lakes Canada, an award-winning water science and stewardship NGO, the NFB will host an exclusive online "Losing Blue" screening on Wednesday, January 31, at 5 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. MST / 8 p.m. EST. The 16-minute and 40-second short film, celebrated for its stunning cinematography, immerses viewers in a visual journey through ancient mountain lakes while prompting reflection on the significance of losing these ethereal blues. Recently recognized as the Best Canadian Short Film at the 2023 Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival in Toronto, "Losing Blue" is poised to captivate audiences with its powerful narrative.

Renowned filmmaker Leanne Allison, known for her award-winning NFB documentaries "Being Caribou" (2004) and "Finding Farley" (2009), will introduce the film. A Calgary native now based in Canmore, AB, Allison draws inspiration from extensive wilderness journeys in remote parts of Canada, shaping her impactful work.

Following the screening, the audience will be treated to a 15-minute scientific exploration of the film by Losing Blue's science advisors, limnologists Janet Fischer and Mark Olsen. Both advisors also play pivotal roles in Living Lakes Canada's High Elevation Monitoring Program. The film's genesis emerged from Fischer and Olsen's nearly two-decade study of lakes in Canada's Rocky Mountains.

The event will culminate in a Q&A session, offering audience members an opportunity to engage with the filmmakers and scientists, gaining deeper insights into the impacts of climate change on mountain lakes and watersheds. As "Losing Blue" unfolds, it stands as a testament to the urgency of addressing environmental challenges and the importance of raising awareness for the preservation of these natural wonders.

Matt Weingarden, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Tilbury Times Reporter, Tilbury Times Reporter