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Global: An interview with Peter Kalmus on Climate Breakdown

Last updated on 1 Jul 2020

(Photo Credit: Matthew Abbott)

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

This past week, Managing Editor Edwin Tieu, Editor-at-large Noah Chun, Head of View Growth Mason Pirkey, Director of Cinematography Luke Kim, and I interviewed Peter Kalmus. Mr. Kalmus is a data scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an Associate Project Scientist at UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering. Before his career, he studied at Harvard University and received a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. He is well known for acting as a lead organizer for Fridays for Future, writing his book, Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution, co-founding an app called Earth Hero, and his passionate activism on climate breakdown. He has been featured on multiple media outlets and received the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal for his contributions to the scientific community. To learn more about Peter Kalmus, visit his website.

Within the interview, we discussed climate breakdown and it’s relevance in modern society. Mr. Kalmus then elaborated on the detrimental effect climate breakdown has on surrounding ecosystems and humanity. He explained the necessary steps to address climate change and what the proper political response looks like. He then talked about Fridays for Future which international movement of school students who leave class to protest for proper action against climate breakdown. He concluded with how students can be involved in the fight against climate change and what the future looks like if we do not do anything. The thirty-minute interview touched based on a variety of topics and will be published to inform the greatest amount of people. The film crew of the Outspoken Oppa wants to thank Mr. Kalmus for his time and effort in doing this interview. The video will be published on the Outspoken Oppa YouTube channel in a few months.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

La Cañada, March 2020

Luke Kim, Director of Cinematography


The founders of the Outspoken Oppa are also the founders of the La Cañada Charity. Every year on August 4th, we set up organized charities in Memorial park. We collect donations consisting of food, clothes, and toys. We believe in a world where every child has the opportunity to be lifted from poverty. Our mission is to provide the absolute necessities to the rising generation. We do that, by organizing charities annually across the city. We believe anyone has the capacity to revolutionize technology, pioneer science, and lead the nation. In 2018, we were able to collect 150 donations. In the 2019 charity, we obtained 1,200 donations meaning we had eight times more donations than the proceeding year. Our staff tripled over a year and we were able to reach a larger demographic. Join us in 2020 to help the homeless. Hope to see you then.

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