Getting The Picture – A climate education resource

Earth Vision Institute welcomes you to Getting The Picture: Our Changing Climate, an innovative online multimedia tool for climate education. Acclaimed photographer James Balog and his team bring you the latest in climate science education, featuring unique archives of media, film, photography and first-hand accounts of our changing climate.  

  • Esteemed educators, researchers and photographers from around the world join together to create Getting The Picture with easy to use, chapter-by-chapter lessons combining art, science and adventure.

  • Compelling animations, time-lapse and science videos, photographs, field expedition stories and special clips from the Academy Award® and Emmy® award-winning documentary film Chasing Ice are just a few of the highlights!

Students and Educators

Students and educators of all ages can use this free interactive educational tool to gain a fresh perspective on our biggest global challenge: our changing climate. Getting The Picture offers a modern, interdisciplinary approach to teaching climate science. Especially useful for middle and high school levels, this educational content extends far beyond Earth science and biology and incorporates history, economics, geography, art science and social studies.


Click the tour video below to learn more about how to use this multimedia education tool. 


Earth Vision Institute

Earth Vision Institute's (EVI) mission is to inspire a balanced relationship between humans and nature through the fusion of Art + Science. EVI expeditions capture innovative images and compelling stories of our changing world to educate and empower individuals to take action.


James Balog


James Balog has been a leader in photographing and artistically interpreting the natural environment for three decades. Balog and the Extreme Ice Survey team are featured in the internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice. He is the author of ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers and seven other books illustrating the relationship between humans and nature. Balog’s photos have been extensively published in major magazines, including National Geographic, and exhibited at more than one hundred museums and galleries worldwide.

"On behalf of our entire team, I am thrilled to share our latest adventure, Getting The Picture: Our Changing Climate. For several decades, I have been on hundreds of journeys and expeditions to capture the massive changes happening around the world. For the first time ever, these compelling images, film and personal stories are being used to teach the latest in climate science to students and educators through this innovative and inspiring education tool."

—Photographer/Scientist, James Balog


Our sincere gratitude to all who contributed their time, energy, expertise, and passion to Getting the Picture.

Lead Author: Karina Yager

Production Management: Sport, Cherie Turbitt

Editors and Contributors: Christine Robertson, Dan McGrath, Tad Pfeffer, Adam LeWinter, Svavar Jónathansson, Alex Witze, Jennifer Palmer, Howard Dimmick, Will Palmer, Lynne Cherry, Irina Overeem, Earth Guardians, Earth Day Network

Photographs & Videos: James Balog, Jeff Orlowski, Matthew Kennedy, Stephen Nowland, Sport, Jason Box, Konrad Steffen, exposurelabs

Web Design & Development: Kelly Anderson, Design con Carne  /  Programming: Rich (“Zig”) Zigrino, The Goat Rodeo

Special thanks to: Edith S. Briskin/SKS Foundation, Rocky and Laura Henderson, Dan McCarthy, Anonymous Boulder-based Family Foundation, The Head Family Foundation/William C. Head, MD, President, Kit Laybourne, Ginny Jordan, Paul Salinger, Sally Hart, Kent Fuller, Amanda Adare, Elizabeth (Bissy) Gaudiano, Lindsay Friedman, Sierra Voss, NASA, NOAA, Environmental Protection Agency, USGS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, The WILD Foundation, and to the friends and family of all of our contributors for their ongoing support and patience.


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