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Radical Hope. How a climate scientist calmed me down


A photo from my recent trip to Iceland. Wow, just wow!

I read a lot about climate change. While you might imagine it gets gloomy, I am always surprised by the people on the front lines who have lots of hope. Especially with all of these climate talks in Paris going on, an infusion of hope is essential. That is why I am thrilled to introduce you to Halldór Björnsson, a hopeful climate scientist.

Over a beer Halldór and I met in his office at the Icelandic Met Office in Reykjavik. He works on weather and climate change in Iceland. Since 2012 he has served as the Head of the Atmospheric Research Group at Veðurstofa Island—the Icelandic Meteorological Office in Reykjavik.    He sees firsthand the affects of a changing climate. He is concerned, and he has hope.

Perhaps what stands out the most for me is how much hope Haldór has in us, everyday citizens. I think you will find the interview a refreshing experience. Enjoy!


Halldór Björnsson


Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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