LUCSUS Seminar: Making sense of Norway’s climate paradox
Welcome to a seminar with invited guest Hanne Svarstad (Oslo Met)
At demonstrations in Glasgow this month, Norway’s climate paradox was widely criticised by climate activists. Along with the Norwegian government’s outspoken engagement and leadership in elaborating a range of climate mitigation measures, Norway continues to increase its petroleum production and search for new fossil reserves. In this presentation I will show how Norwegian climate mitigation policies, from the very beginning three decades ago and up to the present, have been influenced by oil and gas interests. Until recently the paradox has hardly been addressed by politicians or media in Norway, and problematic aspects of the engagement and leadership in forest related interventions in the global South are still not seen as a concern. As announced in Glasgow, Norway is now moving on from being the main funder and promotor of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries) to take up the leadership of LEAF (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance). In this seminar, I will discuss some of Norway’s main climate mitigation strategies against a few theoretical notions, such as spatial and temporal fixes, strong climate justice in time and space, recognition and climate colonialism.
Hanne Svarstad is a Norwegian sociologist, political ecologist and Professor of Development Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). Her present research is about climate change mitigation, climate justice, and critical climate education. Svarstad tries to understand impacts of her own country’s interventions in the global South, and how they come about in Norway. She argues for the need for in-depth case studies within global contexts and has herself undertaken such studies mainly in Tanzania and Norway. Svarstad is also engaged in theoretical studies of power, justice and discourses, and in critiques and alternatives to the mainstream approach to sustainable development.
Recent book: Benjaminsen, T.A. & H. Svarstad. 2021. Political Ecology: A critical engagement with global environmental issues. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
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