On Tuesday April 16, prominent Green politicians from USA, Germany and Sweden filled Oslo as Miljøpartiet De Grønne arranged the Green Talks conference. The conference was a great success and bears tidings of intensified international cooperation between Green parties in the years to come.
Stein directed everyone’s attention to the Norwegian state oil company Statoil’s investments in Canadian tar sands. “When you invest in tar sands, we all pay the price.” Internationally, Norway is associated with thriving oil and gas fields. But, it is rich in renewable energy sources too. According to Stein, Norway is an unlikely candidate to become a leading star in the fight against climate change.
Amongst the other speakers was Eva Quistorp, who is one of the founders of Die Grünen in 1980, who later merged with Bündnis 90 to become Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. She has also been a member of the EU-Parlament and is known as a key activist for both the rights of women and peace in Germany. Jonas Eriksson, MP for Miljöpartiet in Sweden, also spoke. He talked about his work on Swedish mineral and mining policy, and promised support from the Swedish Greens in the upcoming Norwegian elections.
From Norway, Green Spokesperson Hanna E. Marcussen spoke, along with Rasmus Hansson who is the first candidate from Oslo in the Parliamentary election. They chaired a discussion with the international speakers on building relationships to parties on the left how Greens can cooperate to put effective climate policies on the agenda across borders.
“Increased cooperation between Green Parties in Germany, Norway and the States can release enormous resources that we need in our mutual struggle for a sustainable and just future”, said Stein in her closing remarks.