Climate views from South

Erik Solheim on the chat with climate experts in South.
The Norwegian Minister for Environment and Development told today environmentalists from Brazil and Nepal that he is on the restrictive side when it comes to new licenses for oil extraction in Norway. Mr. Solheim participated in an electronic meeting on Norwegian climate policy arranged by Norges Naturvernforbund, Norwegian Rainforest Foundation and Future in Our Hands.

Mr. Solheim participated on the meeting from his own office in Oslo, communicating with Brazil and Nepal on skype. From Brazil participated Natalie Unterstall from Instituto Socioambiental, while the environmental journalist Sushil Mainali participated from Nepal. A representative from Nigeria, Nnimmo Bassey from Environmental Rights Action, was unfortunately not able to connect to the meeting. The full interview can be downloaded here.

Natalie Unterstell, Sushil Mainali and Nnimmo Bassey have all contributed to the document “Seen from the south: A review of Norwegian climate policy “. The review was published in the beginning of December by the organisations Norges Naturvernforbund/Friends of the Earth Norway, Norwegian Rainforest Foundation, as well as Future in Our Hans, within the frames of the joint project Climate Seen from South.

The aim of the report has been to get inputs on the Norwegian climate policy in a global perspective. The rich, industrialised countries historically are responsible for the major share of the green house gas emissions causing climate change, but today’s poor countries will face the most serious impacts. The unjust nature of climate change must be reflected and compensated for in international climate change agreements and in the policies of rich countries. How is this reflected in Norwegian climate policy?

The main questions the respondents in the review were asked to comment on where: To what extent does the Norwegian climate policy reflect the recommendations of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of 50-85% reduction in the global emissions and the principles of the UN Climate Convention? Is the Norwegian climate policy based on climate justice between north and south?. The contributors were also been asked to formulate a few questions for Norwegian policy-makers, which formed the basis for today’s’ interview. Seen from the point of view of our commentators, Norway stands out as a country realising the seriousness of the climate change problem and apparently is ready to do something to mitigate it. But they all ask for far stronger measures to limit Norway’s emissions from within the country borders, based on a global climate justice perspective.

Discussions on climate.