Talks & Topics
Nature & Environment

Ice, Forests and the Future

Part of Nordic Matters

Discuss the effects of our current lifestyles on the environment.

Join us in a journey from the Arctic north to the Danish lowlands, from the remote Faroe Islands, to the sustainable cities of the Nordic region, as we explore the close ties between landscape and culture.

Greenland contains 10% of the world’s ice. Sweden and Finland are nearly 70% forest. And yet with climate change already causing the ice to melt, what does the future look like for the majestic landscapes of the Nordic region?

From the arts, mythology, science and religion, how does natural environment shape identity? Who are the innovators and artists in the region who are inspiring change? And what can we learn from the people who live off the land about survival in hard times?

Featuring Sjón, Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist whose books include The Blue Fox and Moonstone, and Robert Ferguson, author of Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.

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The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall



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