Among others, Alice Bah Kunke (right in picture), environmentalist and EU parliamentarian, has criticized the government's climate policy in the past week. On the left in the picture: Sweden's Minister of Climate and Environment, Romina Pourmokhtari (L). Photo: Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU/Fredrik Hjerling. Source: Flickr

Current debate

Week 40: "Are there politicians who choose to slow down the necessary change"

Criticism of the Swedish government's climate work continues. Debaters believe that the government, together with The EU's other right-wing parties, attacks climate policy and slows down the necessary transition.  

EU parliamentarians and environmentalists Alice Bah Kuhnke and Pär Holmgren criticizes Sweden's government and other European leaders for their lack of action on the climate crisis. They accuse politicians in the EU's right-wing bloc, including Sweden's prime minister, of slowing climate change. They also emphasize the importance of the EU taking a leadership role in the green transition.

- It is, unfortunately, only the EU that has the conditions to show the rest of the world that a sustainable world is possible, they write in Expressen.

Martin Ådahl (C) and Rickard Nordin (C) also believe that Swedish climate policy is in crisis. In a debate article in Expressen they propose a climate policy which, according to them, can lower emissions as much as the government is currently raising them. The proposal includes, among other things, a climate bonus for green cars and an investment in Swedish-produced green biofuel. The debaters believe that many feel excluded from climate efforts, for example people in rural areas, and that climate policy must include everyone.

- By involving all parts of society, we can create a broad popular movement for the climate and make the Swedish climate miracle possible, they write.

The debate last week was also about how individuals, and especially high income earners, can reduce their climate footprint. Seven climate debaters believe that municipalities could direct measures against those who emit the most.

- No one can live a perfect climate life, but we can all contribute to decisions that reduce our climate emissions. And households' share of emissions is significant, they write in Göteborgs-Posten.

The government's climate policy

The right wants to export the Tidö Agreement to Europe 

Alice Bah Kuhnke (MP), Member of the European Parliament; Pär Holmgren (MP), EU parliamentarian, Expressen

The countryside has felt a double frustration

Martin Ådahl (C), economic policy spokesperson; Rickard Nordin (C) climate and energy policy spokesperson, Expressen

The EU's role in the climate field cannot be emphasized enough

William Grönlund, spokesperson for Klimatalliansen, et al., Sydsvenskan

High income earners need to reduce their climate footprint the most

Frida Berry Eklund, founder of Klimatkollen, et al. Gothenburg Post

Finally, the government's climate work is being praised

Rasmus Hansson, editorial writer, Aftonbladet 

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