The UN's climate panel has released a new climate report and the Nacka district court has issued a summons against the state after the environmental organization Aurora sued the state for a lack of environmental policy in November. There are two topics that have been discussed on Swedish opinion pages during the past week. Several debaters have also discussed the role of researchers in climate activism.
In connection with the UN's climate panel, IPCC, publishing its latest climate report, the Swedish government's work has been criticized.
- Scientifically, Greta Thunberg and the other activists undoubtedly have a point, writes Aftonbladets editorial writer Anders Lindberg and refers to the environmental organization Aurora, which in November sued the Swedish state for lack of environmental policy.
He believes that law may be the right way to go. Rebecka Bohlin, lead writer at Dagens ETC, also writes about climate change and Greta Thunberg.
- The emission reductions must therefore take place here and now. So where is the politics? Where is the collaboration, commitment and action?
She also criticizes Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari's (L) reduction of the climate report's meaning.
Calls for quick action for a green transition also come from Erik Berg, Pourmokhtari's successor in Liberalernas Ungdomsförbund (LUF), and Viktor Karlsson, LUF's climate policy spokesperson, in a debate article in Expressen.
- Romina Pourmokhtari has pointed out the direction for an ambitious climate policy that is based on science and the green transformation of industry. Now is the time to move from words to action, they write.
Another kind of call comes from lead writer Andreas Gustavsson at Today's ETC. He calls for the minister's resignation, also with reference to the IPCC report.
- Romina Pourmokhtari cannot be satisfied herself. Her only ambition cannot be to spend a term as some kind of punching bag for the government's shortcomings, he writes.
Research and climate activism
Another debate that has been raised in connection with the IPCC's report concerns the role of scientists in climate policy. The historian Johan Gärdebo and others are skeptical about the participation of researchers in climate activism.
- Instead of intellectual debate of ideas, where deep differences of opinion and ideological divides are tolerated, the public is filled with aligned lists, they write in a reply in Sydsvenskan on the debate article "researchers may have to become activists" which was published earlier in March.
Other writers object to this skepticism. They write that the climate issue has an importance that cannot be weighed against other political interests. The researchers' task is not to say the changes must take place - without reminding to they must happen.
- That researchers come together to remind us of this is not herd behavior or political lobbying, but honest research communication, writes Thomas Hörberg, Associate Professor in Linguistics, and others in South Sweden.
Environmental and climate policy
Rebecka Bohlin, Today's ETC
Nils Brandt, member of the Reformists; Christer Ericson, Member of the Left Party, etc., Today's ETC
Susanne Nyström, Dagens Nyheter
Andreas Gustavsson, ETC
Erik Berg, chairman of the Liberal Youth Association; Viktor Karlsson, climate policy spokesperson Liberala ungdomsförbundet, Expressen
Anders Lindberg, Aftonbladet
Johan Gärdebo, historian at Uppsala University and the University of Cambridge; Edwin Klint Bywater, civil engineer and environmental scientist; Fanny Forsberg Lundell, professor of French at Stockholm University, Sydsvenskan
Maria Wolrath Söderberg, docent in Rhetoric at Södertörn University, Sydsvenskan
Thomas Hörberg, docent in linguistics, Sydsvenskan
Mattias Goldman, 2030 Secretariat, Dagens ETC
Peace and conflict
Ulf Holm, Member of Parliament from Lund (MP); Bassem Nasr, Member of Parliament Malmö (MP), Sydsvenskan
Ingvar Persson, Aftonbladet
Göran Greider, Today's ETC
Isobel Hadley-Kamptz, Dagens Nyheter
China and Russia
The editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter
The editorial board, Svenska Dagbladet
National elections in Cuba
Gabrielle Gunneberg, Global Program Director, Civil Rights Defenders; Erik Jennische, head of the Latin America department, Civil Rights Defenders, Omvärlden