Week 47: Residence permit for Afghans and criticism of Black Friday

- Black Friday is perhaps the main celebration of overconsumption, write the environmentalists Amanda Palmstierna and Lorentz Tovatt on Aftonbladet Debatt. Photo: Artem Beliaikin. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson and Villemo Warnerfjord

During a week fraught with both a prime ministerial vote and a government crisis, much of the focus on Swedish debate pages has been on domestic policy. Global development issues have been overshadowed, but two themes that have been raised are Afghan residence permits and Black Friday.

November 29, 2021, Current debate

Become aware of what affects the ecological footprint the most

Of: Elin Petersson

Living without a car, avoiding air travel, switching to a plant-based diet and having fewer children are some changes that have major environmental benefits and should therefore be prioritized. Despite this, many consumers associate environmental friendliness with less effective changes such as choosing locally produced products, organic food or introducing a vegetarian day a week. If the public lacks the ability to distinguish effective changes from ineffective ones, the chances are low that Sweden will achieve consumption-related environmental goals, says Elin Petersson, a student at Linnaeus University.

February 26, 2021, Debate

Textile collection can encourage more consumption

clothes in store

Swedish textile consumption has increased by almost 30 percent during the 2000s. Photo: OiMax / Flickr

Of: Johanna Wolff

The fashion industry is increasingly promising sustainable solutions. Companies like H&M have been accepting textiles for recycling and recycling for a couple of years now. But an overconfidence in the circular economy can lead to continued unsustainable consumption and a high climate impact.

March 18, 2020, Report

Debaters demand that the EU put pressure on Turkey on the migration issue

Flags of Turkey and the EU

The EU should immediately suspend negotiations with Turkey on EU membership, some debaters write.

Of: Ina Carlsson

The EU's conflict with Turkey over who will receive the many migrants continues. Several debaters believe that the EU must put pressure on Turkish President Erdogan to reach a new migration agreement. In addition, this week WWF has been criticized for its support for cotton certifications.

March 12, 2020, Current debate

Black Friday created a debate about climate colonialism and poverty


On Black Friday, we are encouraged to consume more than usual. It has created debate on Swedish opinion pages.

Of: Rebecka Rönnegård

Is climate colonialism behind Swedes' consumption? Or is it in fact poverty that causes emissions? These are issues that have been debated in connection with Black Friday and the UN climate summit in Madrid. In addition, Sweden's military efforts in Iraq and the new EU Commission have been discussed.

December 4, 2019, Current debate

Is there a sustainable version of the clothing industry?

It is not easy to choose nice clothes. A large-scale production looks pretty much the same regardless of what ethical certification the garment has, says the guest columnist with long experience in the industry.

Of: Johan Stellansson

I do not think I thought for many seconds about what clothes I bought - or especially where I bought them - during the first 38 years of my life. Mainly because I was not interested, I had so much else to worry about. But I later understood that the ethical choice for the consumer […]

October 18, 2019, Guest chronicle

Wish list: durable pushes

It is time to give ourselves the opportunity to be kind to the climate. Photo: Unsplash.

Of: Amalia Broomé

You go into a café and order a classic coffee latte. Instead of asking if you want to add an extra shot, the barista asks if you want to round up and compensate for the climate because you chose cow's milk, which has a greater climate impact than other alternatives. You go on to the grocery store, where it does not say […]

December 19, 2018, Chronicle