The international society agree that the total increase of global temperature must be contained at 2 degrees. However, if the world’s politicians continue to practice “business-as-usual”, the temperature increase may well be 4 to 6 degrees within a few decades.
Scientists leave no doubt that this will cause sea-levels to rise faster, and the already arid and hot areas of the world will become dryer, hotter and less inhabitable, forcing millions to move. Other parts of the world will suffer more violent wet and stormy weather, and huge amounts of the world’s CO2-emissions will remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years.
Grandparents Climate Campaign find the widening gap between the urgently needed actions and the measures that are actually implemented deeply disturbing. The gap must be closed, but this will not happen unless each country accepts their responsibility, especially countries that are responsible for the largest and longest lasting pollution.
Government and politicians are entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the rights of the young and yet unborn, the defenseless and Nature. This important task was stipulated in the Norwegian Constitution by a unanimous Parliament already in 1992. Thus Norway have long had all the necessary constitutional and moral arguments for implementing a much needed forceful reform policy, but has so far failed to do so.
Grandparents Climate Campaign believes that a comprehensive national climate policy must embrace and engage young and old, politicians and scientists alike. These are some of the most urgent issues to be solved:
- adopting taxation policies that reward reduced energy consumption, making fossil fuels unprofitable
- implementing an energy-saving national action plan
- making large-scale investments in low-energy transport
- shielding vulnerable ocean areas from oil exploitation, such as in the high Arctic, and the unique Arctic archipelago Lofoten
- stopping exploitation of unconventional oil resources such as shale oil and tar sands by Norwegian companies
- reinforcing the Norwegian Ministry of Environment, which is being stripped of central housekeeping tasks
- adopting a special climate law to ensure significant long term cuts in CO2 emissions