Norway on aKutt campaign

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

-- Norway should legally bind its ghg emission reduction. This is one of the demands of aKutt: an ongoing campaign by Spire, a youth organisation that works with development and environment issues in Norway.

The Norwegian government decided in June this year that the country will reduce its ghg emission by 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, but Spire, among other organisations, wants a 50 per cent reduction. They have another significant demand: majority of the emission reductions must be achieved within Norwegian borders, and not through the clean development mechanism or other reduction methods.

aKutt means that Norway has to make a cut, and do something urgent. Spire wants to pressure politicians by collecting signatures. Students in Oslo, the capital of Norway, agree on the demands, but they are confused about the means to achieve the 50 per cent reduction. "The cut must be made, but I don't know how or if the reduction grades will be met," says Yngve Ydersbund, a Norwegian student. That's why it is important to be committed by law. Some people have already started to act on their own. There is an increase in request for ecological food and electrical cars, but at the same time air traffic is increasing and so are the number of cars on Norwegian roads.

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