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Jemma Wadham

Ice Rivers

Starts at: Saturday 23 October 2:00 PM
Finishes at: Saturday 23 October 3:00 PM

Prompted by an illness that almost killed her, Ice Rivers is an impassioned love letter to the glaciers that are Jemma’s obsession, recalling twenty-five years of international expeditions, revealing why the glaciers mean so much to her – and what they should mean to us.

World-leading glaciologist, professor and Leverhulme Prize and Royal Society Wolfson Award winner, Jemma has produced ground-breaking work which has revealed that these icy landscapes are not sterile wastelands but as alive as soil or oceans – home to billions of micro-organisms, storing vast quantities of methane under the frozen wastes. You may know that these ‘ice rivers’ are in peril; high up in the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas, once-indomitable glaciers are retreating. But do you know the consequences for humanity? Melting Antarctic ice sheets release water, destroying sensitive marine food-webs and crucially unlocking the glaciers’ storage vaults of methane.

Jemma Wadham stands at the frontline of the climate crisis. Share her incredible stories of encounters with polar bears and survival in the wild from the Alps to the Andes. The importance of the ice to crucial ecosystems and human livelihoods is inescapable – our lives are entwined with these coldest places on the planet.