Meet with The Author of The Books of ‘On Time and Water: A History of Our Future’ - Andri Snær Magnason

Meeting Organizer

Andri Snær Magnason & PMAC Secretariat

27 January 2023

13.30 - 14.00 hrs.

Venue : Special Event Area

Open to All Participants


You are invited to the Special Event at PMAC 2023 On Time and Water: A History of our Future - The role of storytelling, art and language in climate change communication - Andri Snær Magnason talks about his work that is largely about communicating large issues in many artforms. He has worked in poetry, fiction, non fiction, science fiction, documentary film and general activism. Please be welcome for a discussion about communication and creativity. Friday 27th of January, 13:30 - 14:00 at the special event area. On Time and Water: A History of our Future - The role of storytelling, art and language in climate change communication - We are living times when all elements of water on our planet are going out of balance, the melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, changes of rain, snow, and permafrost. Nature has left geological speed and is changing on a human scale. We can say that we are living mythological times, a single human being will witness in a lifetime a greater change in pH level of the world oceans than not only all ancestors of man, but ten times the evolution of humanity. We call it climate change but we could call it many other things, The Great Melt, The Mythological Water Shift... In a way we can say the issue is larger than language, we might lack metaphors and imagination to understand what is happening. We are in a paradigm shift, where all our values and ways of life are questioned, when we are seeing that someone is paying the price for the superpowers humans got from coal, oil and gas. What is the role of art and literature against this great challenge? How do we communicate something larger than language? How do we find hope against the dark data coming from scientists? Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer, storyteller and filmmaker. His work has been published or performed in more than 40 languages. He wrote the memorial text for Ok glacier, the first glacier Iceland loses to climate change. He has written poetry, sci fi, children's books, non fiction and documentary films. His latest book, On Time and Water is published in 30 languages. The book explores the climate emergency through myth, memories, poetry and science.