Five Nobel peace laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative are strongly urging Norway’s Prime Ministerial candidates to show climate leadership. Norway’s elections will take place on Monday 11 September.
The Laureates yesterday sent a letter to Erna Solberg and Jonas Gahr Støre to ask for Norway’s commitment to unprecedented action towards renewable energy. The letter reminds the two candidates that action has to be taken by countries that have the means to act.
In their letter, the Laureates say “[f]ossil fuel production is a dangerous distraction that can only serve to undermine the urgency of the transition and continue to perpetuate the tragic impacts of resource extraction and climate change.”
Norway is aiming to shrink its own carbon emissions by 40 percent but its export of oil to other countries contributes greatly to global CO2 emissions. Norway is in the global top five exporters of crude oil. This makes it the seventh largest exporter of emissions worldwide.
Read the full letter from the Nobel Women’s Initiative Laureates here.
“Both Climate Leader and Oil Giant? The Norwegian Paradox”, The New York Times, 17 June 2017.
“The Sky’s Limit Norway. Why Norway should lead the way in a managed decline of oil and gas extraction”, Oil Change International, August 2017.