Week 7: EU can stop subsidizing undemocratic member states

Victor Orbán's Hungary is one of the countries that has opposed the EU imposing stricter democratic and legal conditions for the disbursement of EU funds. Photo: European Parliament. Source: Flickr. Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/european_parliament/6720478185

Of: Elise Olsson and Idun Eklind

Last week's debate has, among other things, discussed the EU's decision to withdraw subsidies for countries that do not comply with the rule of law - and what this could mean for regimes such as Poland and Hungary. Furthermore, several debaters have criticized the Green Party's statement that investments in nuclear power can cause uranium dependence on Russia.

February 21, 2022, Current debate

Swedish fund money is invested in polluting oil giants

An oil spill has caused damage to animals and nature in the Ecuadorian rainforest where Mireya Gualinga and her people Kichwa live. Photo: Mike Gualinga.

Of: Elise Olsson

Several Swedish AP funds and several large Swedish banks invest in companies that engage in deforestation and violate human rights in various places in the world - something that affects, among other things, the Amazon rainforest and indigenous peoples. "These companies are killing our earth. They are plundering the last help the earth can offer – and that is the forest," says Mireya Gualinga, climate and indigenous activist from the Ecuadorian Amazon.

January 25, 2022, Interview

The cultivation of the future takes place below the surface

Seaweed can be a valuable resource in reducing world hunger and poverty, according to the UN Global Compact Sustainability Initiative. Photo: Canva.

Increased pressure on companies, individuals and governments to produce and consume sustainably has created an interest in alternative materials and food. One of the new shooting stars is the seagrass. As a multifaceted, climate-positive and a possible replacement for both burgers and plastics, companies have begun their investments along the continents' coasts. The question is what consequences industrial seagrass cultivation will have for local residents, ecosystems and international politics.

December 20, 2021, Analysis

Major boost for Sahel's ambitious reforestation project at COP26

The entrenchment of armed groups exacerbates conflict and instability in the Sahel region, leading to vast humanitarian suffering. Photo: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam / Flickr.

The world's largest reforestation project, known as the African Great Green Wall, received international attention and financial support at the UN's climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. Could this reforestation and revival project be the solution to underdevelopment and humanitarian suffering in the conflict-ridden Sahel region?

December 16, 2021, English, Magazine, News article

Gold and green forests - Gabon receives millions in support for sustainability work

"Ali Bongo prefers elephants and trees over people," locals commented on Gabon's president. More than half of all the world's remaining forest elephants live in the country's rainforest and for many inhabitants this means ruined harvests. Photo: Antony Trivet. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Beata Fylkner

When Gabon received money from Norway for its rainforest, the country became historic. After world leaders at the UN climate conference in the autumn promised $ 12 billion to combat deforestation, the model has been revived, but there is concern among locals about the socio-economic consequences of the initiative.

December 3, 2021, News

"If you only want to do one thing, it is to buy smaller clothes"

Aja Barber is a journalist, stylist and now a writer in sustainable fashion. Photo: Stephen Cunningsworth.

Of: Julia Carlzon

In previous articles from this week, we have read about the fast fashion industry's impact on people and the environment, and how slow fashion is the future. Aja Barber - journalist, stylist and author of the book "Consumed: The Need for Collective Change" - is convinced that all consumers bear a responsibility for the injustices created by the fashion industry.

November 26, 2021, Interview

Ten percent of the world's emissions come from the fashion industry

Protest against the Fast fashion industry in Berlin in September 2019. Photo: Stefan Müller. Source: Flickr.com.

Of: Melanie Alphonse

Since the early 2000s, the fashion industry has produced so-called "fast fashion" - trendy and short-lived garments that are quickly replaced by new trends, and the fashion industry today accounts for about 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. This is the second part of Utvecklingsmagasinet's survey of the back of the clothing industry.

November 24, 2021, News

Swedes' clothing consumption takes place at the expense of both people and the environment

The textile industry is estimated to be the second most polluted industry in the world, after the oil industry, according to UN News. Photo: PhotoMIX-Company. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Alice Eriksson

The clothing industry is the second most polluted industry in the world and the largest parts of the emissions for Swedes' consumption take place abroad. At the same time, the people who make clothes in factories work under terrible working conditions.

November 23, 2021, Analysis

Land grabbing destroys unique landscape in Romania

A Swiss meat company has purchased, or otherwise claimed, large portions of arable land in the Hârtibaciu Valley in Romania. Photo: Martin Wallmen.

Of: Lisa Busch

Land grabbing and international companies buying up land in Romania are destroying one of the places in the world with the greatest biodiversity and creating problems for the people in the countryside. This is the opinion of biologist Joe England and landscape architect Viktoria Luft, who works to promote sustainable agriculture and small-scale agriculture in the country.

November 16, 2021, Interview

Indigenous peoples' knowledge can stop climate change

The Manobo people live on the Philippine island of Mindanao. The area where they live has a thriving biodiversity. Photo: Keith Bacongco. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elise Olsson

In a world where almost all of the earth's ecosystems have been disturbed by climate change and a quarter of our animal species are endangered, there are areas that have been preserved as if they were untouched - despite the presence of humans there. These areas often have a thriving biodiversity and ecosystems are even healthier than in nature reserves. The common denominator is that these are areas inhabited by indigenous peoples.

November 15, 2021, Report