A month ago, there was talk of a crucial climate choice in Norway – yet the Greens ended up below the barrier limit


In early August, the UN Climate Panel released a highly alarming status report on the planet’s health.

The report’s conclusions about the rapidly growing climate change with large temperature and sea rises and far more extreme weather landed in the middle of the election campaign for the Norwegian parliament, where the Green Party in the following days was stormed with inquiries from new members.

“As a party leader and as a mother, it gives me great hope that together we can change Norwegian politics forever. It will be a climate choice ‘, it sounded from the party leader, Une Bastholm, August 10, the day after the publication of the climate report.

It is thought-provoking that climate is no longer dominant in Norwegian politics, and that fewer than hope have voted for us

Ramus Hansson (MDG), politician and biologist

The party also thundered forward in the polls and stood at one point to get almost seven percent of the vote as proof of the rising climate awareness among especially the younger voters.

A month later, it is clear that the election did not turn out to be the breakthrough that Une Bastholm and her party colleagues had hoped for.

Instead of the eight to ten seats that emerged in the week following the UN report, the party, with 3.84 percent of the vote, just did not get over the 4.0 percent threshold.

Instead, as a result of the Norwegian electoral system, there were only three direct seats in the Storting, for Une Bastholm and two others.

Even in the capital, Oslo, which is the party’s strongest base, things did not go as hoped. Well enough, there is progress compared to the most recent parliamentary election four years ago, but compared to the local elections in 2019, the party was almost halved in Oslo, writes VG.

Une Bastholm nevertheless believes that she and her party colleagues “have written history” and points out that three parliamentary seats are, after all, two more than before.

“A lot of people have shown us confidence for the first time. Many elderly people and grandparents have voted for a better future for their children and grandchildren, “she said late last night when the election result was clear.

The others have become more green

That it did not go better anyway, according to her, is that the other parties have finally moved on the climate issue, and that the climate-conscious voters have as a result been divided into several parties.

“It is a strong signal, which means that all parties will have to give high priority to climate in the coming period,” says Une Bastholm.

She denies that it has cost the party dearly that it demanded a stop to further hunting for oil and gas in the North Sea during the election campaign, if the party’s mandates were decisive for the red-green bloc led by the Labor Party’s Jonas Gahr Støre to seize power. .

The extraction of oil and gas in the North Sea has been a gold-rimmed business for Norway. The Norwegian state’s oil fund has rounded as much as 11 billion Norwegian kroner, and this means that each Norwegian has more than 1.4 Danish million kroner in the common fund.

Another of the green profiles, Rasmus Hansson, who was the first to represent the party in the Storting from 2013 to 2017, believes that it is too early to draw conclusions. However, he is amazed at the result.

“It is thought-provoking that climate is no longer dominant in Norwegian politics, and that fewer than hoped have voted for us,” says Rasmus Hannson to the TV station NRK.

In the election campaign, he has previously pointed out that the Green Party as a small party has been forced to bet everything on the green agenda to have a sharp profile and stand strong in the minds of voters.

The hope was that it was enough to bring the party across the border and become more numerically represented in the Storting, so that there was a real opportunity to grow and formulate answers in far more policy areas than before.

He believes it is too early to say whether the strategy was flawed, but says:

“There are things we need to discuss in relation to the way we communicate, but there are also many factors that a small party like ours cannot control.”


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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