On Sept. 29, PennEnvironment’s Flora Cardoni moderated a panel on the impacts of climate change hosted by the American Swedish Historical Museum (ASHM) located in Philadelphia. Panelists included Philadelphia’s Director of Sustainability Christine Knapp, SEPTA’s Director of Innovation Erik Johanson, and special guest Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir of Iceland.

The panel was part of the opening activities at a new exhibit at ASHM entitled “Nordic Changes” highlighting the work of internationally renowned painter and photographer Diane Burko that’s focused on blending the images of the beautiful places in her art to reveal the dramatic ways in which the Arctic is being transformed due to the effects of climate change.

The fourteen works in “Nordic Changes” highlight the Arctic’s geological phenomena and its natural beauty, while at the same time forcing viewers to pause and reflect upon how quickly they are disappearing before our eyes.

“Diane’s art is a visceral reminder of why we must take steps to solve climate change as quickly as possible,” said Flora. 

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Photo: PennEnvironment’s Flora Cardoni moderates a panel on the role of climate change in the Philadelphia area. Credit: American Swedish Historical Museum.