About the Grandparents Campaign

Grandparent activists demonstrating in front of the Parliament building in Oslo.

Grandparent activists demonstrating in front of the Parliament building in Oslo.

We owe all children a planet Earth as wonderful as the one we have enjoyed.

The Norwegian Grandparents Climate Campaign, GCC, was formed in 2006 by a group of concerned elders, many of whom formerly held influential positions in Norwegian society. The initiative came from Halfdan Wiik, librarian and lifelong environmental activist living at the island of Stord south of Bergen.

GCC regards global warming as the greatest ethical challenge of our times and a matter of intergenerational justice. GCC’s aim is to contribute to securing a healthy planet for coming generations. This demands a radical reduction of our dependency on fossil resources, and a speedy conversion to green energy

Today GCC is an independent grassroots organization with nearly 1900 members (mars 2018), with regional groups across Norway and run by a member steering-committee. GCC has proved a significant voice in the public debate on the state of Norway’s climate policy at home and abroad.

GCC has adopted  Article 112 of  the Norwegian Constitution as  the guiding principle for climate action and climate justice. Section 1 of Article 112  guaranties: “Every person has the right to an environment that is conducive to health and to a natural environment whose productivity and diversity are maintained. Natural resources shall be managed on the basis of comprehensive long-term considerations which will safeguard  this right for future generations as well.

In 2016, Greenpeace Nordic and Nature & Youth filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government’s decision to hand out drilling licences in the Barents Sea, maintaining that the planned exploitation of oil in the Arctic violates Article 112. GCC supports the lawsuit.

Besteforeldrenes klimaaksjon, Postbox 10, N-5648 Fusa

For further information, contact: Mr. Steinar Höiback, chair of GCC
mobile: (cc 0047)  911 74 848, email: steinarwc@gmail.com


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