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The world's polar regions are in crisis, warming faster than any area on Earth. The Antarctic and Arctic are seeing ocean and air temperature rise twice as fast as elsewhere. Meanwhile, the neglected Third Pole, the Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain range and Tibetan Plateau, called the Water Tower of Asia and sustaining two billion people in the region, is experiencing 80% glacier retreat.

How does art respond to catastrophe? At London Climate Action Week, join us for a conversation with three leading female artists using a variety of media for insights from their recent projects in the Antarctic and Arctic respectively.

Polly Townsend, was recently Artist-in-Residence in Antarctica with the Royal Navy and has produced spellbinding oil and charcoal tableaux of the landscape. Alice Boyd, composer, sound designer and Artist-in-Residence at the Eden Project, has recently collaborated with filmmaker, Michelle Sanders, on the Arctic Ice film project. Moderating the conversation will be broadcaster and journalist, Isabel Hilton, who has long explored these themes as founder and former editor-in-chief of China Dialogue and The Third Pole


Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR.

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    Voices from the Global South

    Explore diverse perspectives on the climate crisis, emphasising the significance of incorporating insights from academic, policy, and indigenous advocacy groups.

    £5.00 - £12.00
  • Discussion

    How to move a rhino: the impacts of tourism on conservation in Africa

    Join an expert panel made up of National Geographic explorer and biologist Dr Niall McCann, adventurer Henry Cookson and conservationist Jamie Gaymer, in conversation with filmmaker, Matt Pycroft, for a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion around the impacts of tourism on conservation in Africa.

    £5.00 - £12.00

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Open to all
24 June 2024, 11.00am-12.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

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