About

The Anthropocene. Humans are as strong as any other geological force in reshaping the planet. The most common way to measure the change is the average global air temperature. So far we have added another 1°C. It will not be reversed, but how far will we go?​

Background. Beyond One Degree is produced by SWC Klimathuset. (“SWC” is an acronym for Swedish Weather & Climate Centre, “Klimathuset” is Swedish and translates to “The Climate house”).

In 1998 I founded what was then called “Swedish Weather Centre” (hence only one “C” in the acronym) after setting a world record sailing across the Atlantic with the monohull Nicorette 1997. The purpose was to provide sailing events and expeditions with detailed weather forecasts. At the time I was working as a meteorologist in the Swedish Air Force. I kept on doing forecasting for different sailing, flying and skiing events.

A few years later I was working as a meteorologist and weather presenter at National TV (SVT). As the Swedish “Mr Weather”, John Pohlman granted a pension 2003, I brought him on tour with me to communicate and have public lectures about climate change.

Since then I have had 800+ lectures and worked as facilitator as well as expert in different projects connected to scenarios, think tanks, energy, security, communication, extreme events, finance and transformation.

This podcast is part of my ambition to communicate the interesting, important and immense need to transform the society to become less unsustainable, more resilient and understand what being part of the Anthropocene means.

If Beyond One Degree is the answer… What is the question?

Imagine yourself on a boat. There are lots of people. For the most they care about clean air, justice, their neighbours, friends, work tasks, leisure, gossip and all the other parts that makes the trip worth living. They both listen and argue when someone shares a good story, some bold ideas or their personal belief.

Among them there are scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, engineers, navigator, policymakers and leaders who work in the field of sustainability, resilience and systems thinking. They try to figure out how the boat works, it’s weakness and strengths, how to avoid storms and enjoy the necessities of life. They also realised there is no captain at the helm. There actually no single rudder or engine, nor a distinct border between what is the boat and not. Everything changes, interacts, learns and develops. And everyone is part of it.

Let’s assume you wanted to help them share what they so far has understood. What would you do? –That’s the question preceding the answer “Beyond One Degree“.

Beyond One Degree. It is a transition, site, blog and podcast about our world in change and the search for adaptation, mitigation, resilience and sustainability. We cast with scenarios, science and storytelling.

Earth is complex and constantly changing. It resembles itself but never repeats, especially not when moving into uncharted territory. We are one degree above pre-industrial average global temperature. Facing climate change the size of ice-ages, but in other directions. And there are more system changing. Humans are the driving force.

What to do and how to stay sane grasping global and local changes, transitions, sustainability, cooperation, resilience and complexity? Conversations with scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, activists, artists and philosophers with knowledge, insights and commitment.

We have entered the Anthropocene. But no single intellect, nor humanity collectively, are in control. We are all pushing and bound to follow along. We share stories that engage and help you remember the future. Adapt and take action to the world and life we live. Beyond One Degree.

Language. We produce episodes in both English and Swedish. When you subscribe to the podcast you will get both the Swedish and English episodes. Most people in Scandinavia are pretty fluent in both English and Swedish, so for them this isn’t a problem.

But if you don’t understand Swedish, just be patient and skip that episode, the next one might be in english.

My intention was to publish new episodes on a weekly basis, but as reality turned out it, that wasn’t the case. The publishing is a bit more stochastic.

/Martin Hedberg

PS. I have run a blog since 2008 where you will find more information (however only in Swedish) about climate, weather, adaptation, media etc. Check out martinhedberg.se. DS.