Since the danish elections last week, the world has looked greener and more democratic. The night was pretty euphoric to me. Not only did the ‘lefties’ end up gaining majorly to form a government, but the whole election also became very climate-centric. In fact the numbers around the elections where just out this morning, and 24 % of the subjects that were spoken about during the elections were climate-related. It seems like our common consciousness and care for the planet are starting to take center-stage and well.. it is about time. Maybe humanity as a whole is tired of patriarchy and consumption capitalism? I think a part of it is beginning to be, and hopefully the rest of humanity will follow.
If I wind back a couple of years, to when I was director for brand and involvement at a think tank in Copenhagen, I decided that we need to do so much more to make people get together around climate, we needed to educate, co-create and communicate together with other organisations in order to start conducting action on climate – to make every person on the planet know that they need to do their share. I used to call it our ‘own little corner of the sustainability movement’ -and it was. I started to look out for other climate movement-building initiatives and decided to become a climate reality leader (and I was personally trained in climate issues in June last year in Berlin by Al Gore). And lately I have been taken part in klimamarch as well as Fridays for Future in Copenhagen (together with my not-so-mini-geek-anymore). If I look to the UK I can see Extinction Rebellion rising, and in the US you have the Sunshine movement and the new green deal.
I can see very straight parallels to the demonstrations and movement happening in 1968 – and some might even call it the 1968 of our time – but it’s with such a bigger impact because of the internet and technology. It’s truly awe-inspiring to be a part of.
But all of these things seem like humanity’s answer to the global meta-crisis. All these movements are a choice towards the planet and towards more people, animal and planet -caring humanity.
It’s a political move empowered by the people – of Denmark, at least. And I am hoping more citizens in other countries will join us in this move. It’s a wish for a different and sustainable world. And it looks lovely from here =)