Creative Approaches to Communicating Climate Change

Organized by the World Policy Institute, Arctic in Context Initiative 3. October 2017

The Arctic is a widely cited harbinger of global warming, examined in detail, presented to policy makers and business leaders, often as an open source document readily accessible to a general audience. However, despite policy papers and mass media coverage the written word alone is an insufficient means of communicating the extent of abrupt and extreme environmental changes.

Saturday, October 14, 11:20 - 12:20
Location: Kaldalón, First floor

To fill this void, a range of arts practitioners, scientists and academics work in collaboration to draw attention to what has been called the most pressing threat of the twenty-first century.

This session aims to stimulate vibrant discussions of interdisciplinary perspectives on the diverse ways in which art, culture and climate change intersect. Following brief presentations to provide a foundation for discussion, an interactive dialogue will take place between panelists and audience members. The arts in dialogue with an audience can be a powerful means of connecting the human experience with nature.


  • Diane Burko, Explorer, Activist, Painter and Photographer whose work focuses on the intersection of Art and Climate Change: Inspiration, Translation, Communication: from Bearing Witness in the Arctic to Creating Art to Exhibitions Communicating the Issues
  • Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Sculptor and Educator: The Intersection of Walking, Art and Education: a Journey North
  • Dario Schwoerer, Climatologist, explorer and climate activist: Topic: Climate Change - a blessing for the Arctic? The findings and conclusion of the 17 years long Top to Top Global Climate Expedition
  • Diane Tuft, Mixed-Media Artist, The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape


Erica M. Dingman, Fellow, World Policy Institute; Director, Arctic in