Tero Mustonen is a climate scholar who combines indigenous knowledge with academic research. Listen to his insights on how to promote positive change on a damaged planet.
Tero Mustonen, President and Co-Founder of the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland
Despite its green global image, Finland has long relied heavily on the exploitation of Nature for income and debt repayments; Tero Mustonen is working to close that gap by smashing accepted Finnish norms and creating new realities. Mustonen is an academic, an activist and the President of Snowchange Cooperative, an organization that leads landscape-scale rewilding projects. He works to protect and restore the unique biocultural diversity of Arctic regions in the face of climate change in solidarity with the region’s Indigenous peoples. He is a vocal advocate for Finland to take a role in progressive, climate leadership while his role as a lead author in the most recent assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is bringing global prominence to how Finland and other Arctic nations can meaningfully contribute to global climate efforts. He is also the head of the village of Selkie, North Karelia, Finland.
Rapidly accelerating climate change is uniquely modern — but climate change is not. The planet has warmed and cooled in the past, even during mankind’s time. What can we learn from those events that might help us cope with the extremes that are our present and future? Can indigenous people who understand nature differently than most of us teach us how to cope with today’s terrifying challenges?
This week’s guest, Tero Mustonen, is a climate scholar who combines indigenous knowledge with academic research. He is also a leader of the Snowchange Cooperative that works with indigenous people and climate issues throughout the Arctic, and currently the head of his town of Selkie in North Karelia, Finland.
Listen to his insights on how to promote positive change on a damaged planet.
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