The Changing Face of Iceland – Bygone’s President Premieres Film at UN Climate Change Conference

Bygone Board President Dr. Mark Terry is currently in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

For this week’s Sustainable Sunday we’re focusing on our very own Board President, Dr. Mark Terry!

Mark joined Bygone as President back in 2018 and has been the guiding force behind our in-depth commitment to change through our Sustainability Mandate. Mark’s unique combination of theatre, film and environmental knowledge has made him an essential part of our team.

Dr Mark Terry, UN Climate Change Conference.
Dr Mark Terry at the UN Climate Change Conference, November 2021

Mark is currently in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). On November 4, his latest film, The Changing Face of Iceland premiered at the event and was followed by a Q&A after the screening.

This is Mark’s 3rd film in his trilogy about global warming; The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009) and The Polar Explorer (2011), have been aired on CBC in Canada and released in the U.S. by PBS, as well as screened at past United Nations climate summits.

Youth Climate Report

Iceland is another project of the Youth Climate Report (of which Mark is the Executive Director), a partner program of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat since 2011, and a company we are proud to sponsor. You may remember back in March, the Youth Climate Report was honoured at the SDG Action Awards, and as an official sponsor, Bygone was lucky enough to have the chance to share a short video about our commitment to sustainable theatre.

Congratulations to Mark and all those involved on such a great and exciting achievement. Be sure to check out all the links in this article to learn more about these initiatives.


Author: BygoneTheatre

Bygone Theatre was founded as a collective in October of 2012, and became an incorporated not-for-profit company in October of 2015. Our mandate is to produce theatre written or set in the early 20th century, focusing on historical aspects in design and incorporating a classic cinema aesthetic. ​ In 2019 Bygone Theatre was nominated for 14 Broadway World Toronto Awards, including Best Community Theatre and Best Play (Equity). We took home a total of 5 awards, 4 of which were for The Rear Window, including Best Direction of a Play (Equity); Best Original Lighting Design; Best Leading Actor (Play, Equity); and Best Featured Actress (Play, Equity). We took a hiatus our 2020/21 season because of the COVID19 pandemic, and used that time to develop our charitable initiatives. In August of 2021 we were nominated for the Toronto Star Readers' Choice Award for Best Live Theatre. Part of our mission involves inclusion and accessibility, and we strive to allow artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to have hands-on experience in whatever capacity they are most interested in; this has included youth outreach programs for high school students interested in production design, and acting opportunities for those who have never performed onstage.

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