On a daily basis, we are reminded of human impact on the climate in combination with ongoing conflicts around the world. The question, however, is whether we have really taken ourselves seriously in the ongoing climate crisis? For sure, it must be the future of the planet that will guide us in our sustainability efforts, which also includes a sustainable economy and growth. Conflicts around the world directly affect the oil price and thus the fuel price, which today according to media reports will initially rise by SEK 0.40 per liter of gasoline. (Swedish price)
The ongoing transformation to fossil-free will affect every part of society and also permeate global politics. Some basic examples of the need for reorganization are that bees' living environment must be improved, biodiversity increased, plastic use reduced and fish stocks must recover. The fires in the rainforests need to build up and reduce carbon dioxide emissions through smarter use of renewable energy sources in combination with creating a social sustainability for people around the world.
On the same day that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven previously read the government statement where the ongoing transition to fossil-free can not have gone unnoticed, Frans Timmermans, responsible for climate, was presented as one of three executive vice-chairmen of the European Commission, which indicates that the EU has recognized the need for a actions.
Although the pace of change is not yet close to what science requires, something the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg constantly emphasizes, it can no longer be argued that the survival of the planet is a forgotten issue. If the focus during the big climate meeting in Paris 2015 was on negotiation, today it is rather on implementation. In Sweden, as part of the prevention of future effects of climate change, there is talk of building floodwalls against flooding. Protests will then come when people risk losing out on the sea view and affecting the market value. However, we should reflect for a moment on all those whose homes and lives are already lost today due to increased sea levels and floods of an extent we have never seen before. For this reason, the upcoming climate summit in New York focuses on action including a number of initiatives from both countries and other actors.
UN leader Antóinio Guterres hopes to be able to increase the pace and show a number of good examples of sustainability work. The Swedish industry's climate commitments to contribute to the industry's transformation impress, for example, "steel without the coal project" Hybrit. But there are several other examples, initiated by various innovative Swedish companies with a view to a global market, often in a start-up phase. These start-up companies, which are often in need of capital, have realized the gravity of the situation and want to influence the climate and sustainability work in, for example, the energy sector. In parallel with this work, it is inspiring to now hear of the news that Greta Thunberg and the environmental movement Fridays for future during a ceremony in Washington D C received Amnesty International's "Ambassador of conscience award".
The award has previously been awarded to Colin Kaepernick, Malala Yousafzai, Ai Weiwei and Nelson Mandela, among others. A prize to all the fearless young people who are fighting for their future, a future they should be able to take for granted. The award is described as the organization's finest and draws attention to individuals or initiatives that have shown "outstanding leadership and courage in the fight for human rights". "The fact that the climate crisis will create enormous conflicts and great suffering is far from a secret, but the link between climate and ecological crises, mass migration, famine, human rights violations and war is still not obvious to many," says Greta Thunberg.
Therefore, we adults now have a crucial responsibility to contribute to a more developed ecological, economic, technological and social sustainability. For despite the positive signals of change that will remain, the question remains whether we have really taken on how seriously threatened our planet actually is and how quickly and to what extent we are today prepared to think and act differently towards yesterday?