I recently visited Iceland and was in awe of its pristine landscape, culture, history and people. One of the things that shocked me the most was seeing how much the Icelandic glaciers have receded in the past decade.
Climate change has led to the widespread shrinking of the cryosphere, with mass loss from ice sheets and glaciers, reductions in snow cover and Arctic Sea ice extent and thickness, and increased permafrost temperature. In Iceland, Northern Canada and around the globe, the potential impacts of climate change due to global warming, including; rising sea levels and melting of the Tundra and glaciers are of significant concern.
Iceland is home to one of the largest glaciers in Europe, the Vatnajökull. Covering roughly 8% of the country's landmass, it's also becoming a startling example of global warming in the North. Scientists counted over 300 glaciers in Iceland in the year 2000, and 17 years later 56 of them had disappeared.
Art can often convey what words and numbers cannot. In other parts of the world, the “arts” have been used to illustrate scientific information, convey important environmental messages and prompt positive action by the public and governments. Consequently, I believe that art, can and must play an important role in conveying the climate action narrative and helping people and communities understand and adjust to the consequences of the changing climate.