James Balog Quotes

  • I'm quite fond of Switzerland. I love Switzerland.
  • You know, I've read Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' about fifteen times.
  • Climate change is real. Climate change is being substantially increased by humans and the carbon we put into the atmosphere. And it appears to be speeding up. If science has made any mistakes, science has been underestimating it.
  • Glacial pace is actually an incorrect concept. The glaciers move a lot faster and they react a lot faster than people imagine.
  • Hindsight can be merciless. People of any given era often look back in time and wonder how their predecessors could have been so dimwitted.
  • We still carry this old caveman-imprint idea that we're small, nature's big, and it's everything we can manage to hang on and survive. When big geophysical events happen - a huge earthquake, tsunami, or volcanic eruption - we're reminded of that.
  • When you put the subjectivity of the art together with the context of the science, you have this very powerful conjunction of opposites and together they are greater than either one could ever be.
  • This air we breathe is precious, and the glaciers helped me understand that and stay focused on that.
  • The 'New Yorker' asked me to shoot a story on climate change in 2005, and I wound up going to Iceland to shoot a glacier. The real story wasn't the beautiful white top. It ended up being at the terminus of the glacier where it's dying.
  • When I worked with wildlife a lot in the Eighties and Nineties, I learnt the meaning of patience. And when I worked with trees, I learned the meaning of humility.
  • Climate change is a really abstract thing in most of the world.
  • Once upon a time, I was a climate-change skeptic.
  • It's important to recognise that humans are not the measure of all things... The Earth is the measure of all things.
  • At the age of 60, you see how short the runway is in front of you and how long the runway is behind you, and that you don't have much time left.
  • I grew up in suburban New Jersey in a transitional area that was surrounded by farmland that wasn't being cultivated.
  • Science by itself is about numbers, and it's about measuring things. It's very important but it's very dry.
  • I've always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception.