About Klimatriksdag 2014 – Climate parliament 2014
This year in September there will be general elections to the parliament in Sweden. During our last elections, in 2010, the climate issue (as environmental questions in general) was almost completely absent in the debate. The ambitions of our present government concerning sustainability are also shamefully low.
To change this a people´s Climate Parliament was held on June 6-7-8, in the very beginning of the election campaign. Our goal was, and still is, to put pressure on Swedish politicians, to manifest the strong opinion that exists, and to put the climate issue in a central position in the election debates.
The initiative originates from the local branch of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen) in the town of Linköping. It enjoyed the support of almost 100 non-government organisations, environmental like Greenpeace, churches, solidarity organisations and syndicates, just to mention a few examples. In all, the organisations that support the Climate Parliament represented almost two million people, i.e. 20 percent of the Swedish population.
Program for the Climate Parliament:
6 June – Grand Opening of the Parliament at the De Geer Hall in Norrköping, Sweden.
7 June – The day started with a seminar program where top ranked researchers and other experts gave us the latest facts on climate change and what can be done. In the afternoon we were divided into committees to discuss and choose among the more than 200 propositions that had been put forward to the Parliament.
8 June – We decided on a number of propositions that had gained broad support in the Parliament, and which we will pressure politicians to address.
The People’s Parliament
The idea of a People´s Parliament is not new. Just as the climate debate has come to a standstill today, the question of voting rights was at a standstill in 1893. And, just as today, people lost their patience with politicians who lagged behind. A People’s Parliament was held. 150 000 voters elected 123 delegates to pass hundreds of propositions. This initiative resulted in a broad agreement among the people of Sweden that everyone should have the right to vote in general elections, which became a reality 25 years later.
For more information, please contact Annika Elmqvist: +46 (0)738-342383.