Demonstrations culminated in climate discussions

Published: 30 September 2019

In many places in the world, adults also demonstrated for the climate on September 27. They wanted to show their support for the climate-striking young people's demand for decision-makers to listen to the researchers. At Vetenskapens hus, climate talks were organized on Friday, and the engagement was high and the discussions numerous.

During Friday afternoon, some 50 climate-interested people met at Science House, where they got to take part in several short presentations with links to climate change. Anna Krook-Riekkola, who is a researcher focusing on how Sweden should cope with energy conversion at Luleå University of Technology, told about the IPCC report and the 1.5-degree target.

– We have to do A + B + C. A or B or C is not enough, and we must start now. Everything we do is important, every degree is important, said Anna Krook-Riekkola.

She said that no new revolutionary technology is needed to reach the 1.5-degree target. Technology already exists, it needs to be improved and adapted, but it exists. It is also about lifestyle changes, which is not easy. It is about making visible what we as individuals can do. Every step is important.

Sweden's climate goals and paths there

Anna Krook-Riekkola also talked about Sweden's climate goals and how we can achieve them, as well as the importance of already changing the transport sector when the technology there is within reach.

– Emissions from transport are really something that we as individuals can influence, both as individuals and as entrepreneurs, said Jonas Forsberg, PhD student in energy systems analysis at Luleå University of Technology.

He said that emissions from transport would be significantly reduced if we as individuals could change our travel patterns. This applies to both the number of trips and how we travel.

Regional climate initiatives

To include the regional perspective in the climate debate, Charlotta Lindberg from the County Administrative Board talked about how they work with the climate issue in Norrbotten. She advised about the Climate Life at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. This means that companies, organizations and associations can seek investment support for local and regional measures that directly reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that affect the climate.

Climate-friendly enterprise

Someone who has already significantly reduced their emissions is Linda Staaf, who runs the natural tourism company Woods & Waters of Sweden. She was on a link from Östergötland and talked about the importance of taking a stand for the climate as a company. She herself says no to tourists flying into the facility, nor does she market her company abroad.

– I have chosen to target guests who can get to my facility by train, instead of attracting people from all over the world who would have to fly here. Privately, I choose to fly once every five years or not at all, but I'm gone for a little longer when I travel, Linda Staaf said.

Climate challenge from Costa Rica

To conclude the climate discussions, Anna Krook-Riekkola raised a challenge. It is Costa Rica that challenged Sweden to first achieve climate neutrality. Given the momentous loss in the 1990 World Cup against Costa Rica, we want revenge – of course we accept the challenge!