In Norway, Grandparents Climate Campaign (GCC) collaborates with a wide range of like-minded partners, such as environmental, youth and church organizations, trade unions and other members of the National Climate Alliance. Jointly we take action, voice opinions and create public debate, all with the aim of encouraging ever more voters to urge Norwegian politicians to implement the kind of national, constructive and science-based policies that our common Earth desperately needs.
“Yours, mine and Nature’s law”
In an effort to make the Eco-Article of or Constitution more widely known, the Grandparents and their partner Eco-Agents (organization of Norwegian children) in 2014 produced the four-page pamphlet entitled “Yours, mine and Nature’s law”, funded by Unesco. It was presented to all members of Parliament, and distributed to pupils in schools and in public libraries across the country.
Our Arctic heritage and Climate lawsuit
Norway’s geographical position on the rim of the fragile Arctic gives us a particular responsibility for guarding and protecting the natural treasures of the Earth’s northern regions. The oil and gas addicted economy of Norway depends however, on new wells being opened and exploited.
In 2017 Greenpeace Norway and Nature and Youth filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government for allowing companies to drill for new oil in the melting Arctic. The lawsuit was actively supported by the Grandparents Climate Campaign. The three organizations stated «Opening our most vulnerable areas in the Arctic for oil drilling is not just a tragedy for the climate, but it is also in direct conflict with the goals we have committed to through the Paris Agreement and the Norwegian Constitution.» The first trial in the Oslo district Court in November 2017 did not succeed. The appeal will be considered by the Court of Appeal in November 2019. See more HERE
Campaigning against Equinor
A major concern for Grandparents Climate Campaign is the 70 % state owned oil company Equinor, and its business of exploiting tar sands and shale oil and gas abroad. GCC have been campaigning together with Greenpeace and IWW, and year after year demands for a green transformation of the company are being made by GCCs shareholders at the Statoil General Assembly. Propsals in 2016 (just before Statoil eventually pulling out of Canadian tar sands) were:
The board should consider the opportunities and consequences of the following relevant sub-strategies:
Withdraw the company from polluting and unprofitable ventures, such as tar sand in Canada and fracking in the USA.
Terminate exploration for new oil and gas sources nationally and globally, including New Zealand.
Increase the focus on New Energy Solutions with a tripling of investments in renewable energy from NOK 1.7 to 5.1 billion by 2024.
In the summer of 2018, we protested against Equinor plans for oil drilling in the fragile oceans off Australia’s coast. A «solidarity advertisement» to this effect was placed in local newspapers: