Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
Book conversation

On Time and Water, a conversation with Andri Snær Magnason

Welcome to this book conversation on sustainability, language, time, place and water with Icelandic author and activist, Andri Snær Magnason. Join us on Friday, December 11 at 12pm as we explore the melting glaciers of Iceland and what this means for our collective future and life on earth. This event is a collaboration between CET and The Collaboratory.

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Andri Snær Magnason, author of "On time and water"
Andri Snær Magnason

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Climate change and the sustainability challenge forces us to reassess how we relate to the world and the future. How can we transform climate change from an abstract challenge to an intimate issue that concerns us in the present? And what language can we use to connect with a world in rapid transformation, where our textbooks and even the words that we use become obsolete over night?

Join us for a book conversation with celebrated Icelandic author and activist Andri Snær Magnason on how we might find new and deeply meaningful ways to discuss and act on the climate and sustainability challenges of our time.

Andri Snær Magnason’s ‘Letter to the Future' is an extraordinary and moving eulogy for the lost Okjökull glacier, made global news and was shared by millions. Now he attempts to come to terms with the issues we all face in his new book On Time and Water. Magnason writes of the melting glaciers, the rising seas and acidity changes that haven’t been seen for 50 million years. These are changes that will affect all life on earth.

Taking a path to climate science through ancient myths about sacred cows, stories of ancestors and relatives and interviews with the Dalai Lama, Magnason allows himself to be both personal and scientific. The result is an absorbing and original mixture of travel, history, science and philosophy.

Andri Snær Magnason master storyteller and environmental activist, is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Here is his contribution to TED countdown and a longer interview with him in NRK


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