The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change.
But restoring even a portion of Iceland’s once-vast forests is a slow and seemingly endless task. Despite the planting of three million or more trees in recent years, the amount of land that is covered in forest — estimated at about 1 percent at the turn of the 20th century, when reforestation was made a priority — has barely increased.
After a while, the hostess said that she had a Harvey story, one whose import she only now understood. She had never told her friends; it didn’t seem like a big enough deal before. After she’d worked at Miramax for a couple of years, a position opened to be Weinstein’s assistant. She wanted to be a producer, so she interviewed for the job. “You’re too pretty to be working for Harvey,” a senior female executive told her. “It will embarrass him.” Confused but undeterred, she persisted. Finally, one of Weinstein’s former assistants took her out to lunch. “Do not take this job,” the former assistant said. “You will see things you will never be able to unsee, and you will do things you will never forgive yourself for.” She didn’t have enough information to comprehend the warning, but she heeded it anyway. The gravity of her near-miss is still sinking in. “There are obviously people that knew,” she said. “And, if they knew, and they knew you, they would protect you.”
The hostess walked me to the door. She had one last point to make. As Hollywood reckoned with its own culture and how to evolve it, there was a more pressing change she did not want people to lose sight of.
“Please, may this empower people to step forward about Trump, and we can bring him down,”
People have been trying to crack this nut for over fifty years only to discover it's a hard problem with externalities they never considered. Here's a new attempt that addresses more than most, but acceptance would only be regional.