Diakonia - People change the world
Gunilla Hallonsten, Acting International Director Church of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, and Bo Forsberg, Secretary General of Diakonia. Gunilla Hallonsten, Acting International Director Church of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, and Bo Forsberg, Secretary General of Diakonia. Photo: Robert Blombäck

Succesful climate campaign!

Thank’s to everyone who has contributed to our campaign! We have now handed over more than 26.500 signatures to Stefan Löfven in Sweden.

12/2/2015 Publisher: Annette Wallqvist

- The Prime Minister was impressed that so many people had signed the petition. It shows that there is a really strong public opinion for climate and climate justice, says Diakonia’s Secretary General Bo Forsberg.

The aim is to curb global warming

He handed over the signatures together with Gunilla Hallonsten, Acting International Director Church of Sweden. Diakonia and Church of Sweden have jointly gathered signatures during 2015 for the climate summit that started on November 30 in Paris. The aim of the petition gathering has been to urge political leaders at the COP21 climate summit to take decisive action to curb global warming and deliver a strong, fair deal that helps poor countries adapt to their changing climate. The aim of the joint campaign, Act Now for Climate Justice, was to gather one million names world wide, including 20.000 in Sweden, a goal that now is reached with a wide margin.

The summit is a kick-off

The meeting with Stefan Löfven, gave hope for the future and for the climate summit, says Bo Forsberg.
- The common thread of our conversation was that the climate summit in Paris is to be looked upon as a kick off. The adaptation has already begun, there is no way back and Sweden wants to lead the way and be fossil free before 2050.
During the meeting it also became obvious that global solidarity will be a key issue during the climate negotiations.
- There is a consensus with the government that we need systems and agreements to support people living in poverty.

Climate march in Stockholm on November 30, 2015. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The campaign was also present in the People’s Climate March in Stockholm, that took place on Sunday 29 November all over the world. Bo Forsberg was one of the speakers in Stockholm, an event that gathered more than 4000 people on the streets. Act Now for Climate Justice is a global campaign. Apart from Diakonia and Swedish Church, the Christian Council of Sweden, the Swedish Alliance Mission, the Uniting Church in Sweden, also support the campaign.