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Tuesday 15th June 12pm | Taliesin Broadcast

with Aaron Thierry, Dr Saleemul Huq, Sabrina Mahfouz, Vikram Iyengar and Dr Faustina Pereira (Chair).

‘The drop of water on the tongue was the first word in the world.’ — Gillian Clarke

From retreating glaciers and melting ice caps to rising sea levels and the acidification of the oceans, it is perhaps in stories of water that the consequences of a warming world are most clearly made manifest. What is the future of our relationship to water, in a world where for some there will be too much and for others never enough? Where do the greatest risks lie in relation to water if we fail to curb our emissions? In the loss of permafrost, in the ravaging effects of drought or in the mass migration caused by disappearing coasts and cities? And where might water offer us hope in the face of these challenges - as a new source of energy, carbon-capture or sustainable farming?

Join us for this vibrant and visionary discussion, the fourth event in our Everything Change programme, as we dive into the oceans, rivers and lakes of the world to explore the challenges and possibilities of its changing waters.

The artist Vikram Iyengar will be premiering a newly-commissioned dance video as this event's creative provocation — read more about this work, Water Bodies, here.


This event will be broadcast live and include a Q&A session where audiences will be able to join in the discussion. Booking is essential to access this free, online event.  Live English-language captioning will be available.


Dr Aaron Thierry is an academic and climate activist. An ecologist by training who studied permafrost thaw in  Arctic Canada, he went on to co-found the climate action group Scientists for Extinction Rebellion. He is currently studying for his second PhD looking at climate emergency communications at Cardiff University.

Dr Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) as well as Associate of the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED) in the United Kingdom. He has published hundreds of scientific as well as popular articles and was recognized as one of the top twenty global influencers on climate change policy in 2019 and top scientist from Bangladesh on climate change science. He is an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most vulnerable developing countries and has been a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Sabrina Mahfouz is a writer and performer, raised in London and Cairo. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) and resident writer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Her most recent theatre show was A History of Water in the Middle East (Royal Court) and her most recent publications as editor include Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making it Happen (Saqi) and Poems From a Green and Blue Planet (Hachette Children's).  Photo credit: Greg Morrison

Vikram Iyengar is an arts leader and connector based in Calcutta, India, and working internationally. He is a dancer-choreographer-director, curator-presenter, and arts researcher-writer. Co-founder and artistic director of Ranan Performance Collective, he also initiated and leads the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation – a hub for dance and movement practice and discourse. His scope of work spans practice, discourse, critique, ideation and management, and revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts.

Dr Faustina Pereira is a scholar and practitioner on human rights, gender and sustainable development. She is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Justice and Professor of General Education at BRAC University. She also specializes in refugee and migration justice.

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