Tue, Apr 22 2014 - 6:30pm
People and Ice: The New Significance of the Arctic and the Himalayas
On Earth Day 2014, join us for a special program with the president of Iceland. A member of the Arctic Council, Iceland is at the forefront of those nations in the North feeling the environmental effects brought on by climate change. While the melting polar ice cap has potential broad negative consequences for the world’s oceans, sea levels and climate, at the same time it increases the potential for commercial and economic activity in the Arctic region. The president will speak both about the challenges and the opportunities. His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has been Iceland’s president since 1996 and is currently serving his fifth elected term in office. He has had a long and illustrious career in public service, which includes receiving the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.