Clear climate demands from Nordic young people

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Under the headline “The future we want – Nordic young people’s demands for Nordic climate action”, a joint letter stating three demands was handed over by Nordic young people to representatives from the Nordic governments.

Goals are good, plans are better, and implementing those plans is better yet.

Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway

Large crowds

The event took place on Tuesday 15 November at the Nordic pavilion at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. Here, representatives from the organisations Changemaker (Norway), the Icelandic youth delegates to the UN, the Green Youth Movement (Denmark), the Finnish National Youth Council Alliance, and Push (Sweden) took the stage to state their demands in front of a large crowd that had gathered in the pavilion. 

 

“These decisions will directly impact our future and the future of our children so we must have a say in them,” the letter states. With the letter, youth organisations are urging politicians to take concrete climate action and include young people in policy discussions.

 

Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, Espen Barth Eide, took to the stage and responded:

 

“We agree with you. I think we have incredibly important tasks ahead of us. At a recent meeting between the Nordic climate ministers, it was decided that we want to be leader among leaders, in the sense that Europe is leading the way on decarbonisation with Fit for 55 and the European Green Deal. Within that framework, the Nordics want to take a leading role in demonstrating how this can be done in practixe. Goals are good, plans are better, and implementing those plans is better yet,” he said. 

 

Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Hanna Sarkkinen, and Iceland’s Minister of Food, Fisheries and Agriculture, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, also made remarks. The State Secretary to Sweden’s Minster for Climate and the Environment, Daniel Westlén, and the Head of Department at the Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elsebeth Søndergård, were also present. 

“The future we want – Nordic young people’s demands for Nordic climate action” was signed by:

  • Changemaker
  • KFUM Global
  • Den Grønne Ungdomsbevægelse
  • Ungeklimarådet
  • Spire
  • Ungir Umhverfissinnar
  • Allianssi
  • Dansk Ungdoms Fællesråd (DUF)
  • The Danish Youth Council
  • Push Sverige
Representatives from Nordic youth organisations
  • Naja Amanda Lynge Moretro, Changemaker, Norway
  • Finnur Ricart Andrason, Icelandic youth delegate
  • Mette Susgaard, Green Youth Movement, Denmark
  • Akseli Rouvari, Finnish National Youth Council Alliance
  • Björn Fondén, Push Sweden

Read the letter to the Nordic governments here: