CLIMATE SUPPORT: Head of Smart Cities & Communities at Smart Innovation Norway, Thor Moen, has taken the initiative to mark the global climate strike around the world on Friday 27th of September. (Photo: Mari K. Buckholm)

Smart Innovation Norway supports the global climate strike:

“The green shift starts from within, with you and me”

This Friday, Smart Innovation Norway will demonstrate their support of the global climate strike wave. The company encourages all collaboration partners to do the same.

Av Mari Kristine Buckholm, 25th of September 2019

“Everything started with Greta Thunberg’s school strike. The last week, there have been huge demonstrations around the world. It is about taking the climate changes seriously and do something about it,” says Thor Moen, Head of Smart Cities & Communities at Smart Innovation Norway.

During the last couple of days, in connection with UN’s Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York, a wave of climate strike actions has characterized the news coverage around the globe. Smart Innovation Norway wishes to express their support through a series of measures at the work place.

Sustainable serving

“We will make some kind of gesture to mark our support of the global Fridays for Future strike on Friday 27th of September and we would like to motivate and encourage all of our collaboration partners to the same,” explains Moen.

He points to several possible measures to take and notes that inspiration and ideas can be found all around the world.

“For example, you can decide to have a ‘bike day’ at work, a ‘car free day’, a ‘no meat day’, or you can turn off all lights,” says Moen. He continues:

“Until the 27th of September 2020, for one year, we will develop and test sustainable serving in all our meetings, conferences and activities. The purpose is to create a strategy that fits our business and supports our goal of a sustainable future.”

An advocate for climate action

Smart Innovation Norway practices independent, applied research within the fields of renewable energy and information technology – to contribute to sustainable communities in the future.

Moen’s objective is clear; organizations like Smart Innovation Norway should be in the forefront when it comes to putting the globe’s climate changes on the agenda.

“It is important for us to show that we stand behind this initiative. We support the wish that leaders in all key positions on every continent, in every country, in every region – all decision-makers all over the world – should do more for the climate than we do today,” explains Moen.

He emphasizes that the coming Friday’s climate gestures should not be a one-time thing, but that the idea is to inspire and effect change.

“The green shift starts from within, with you and me,” says Moen.

Fridays for Future

  • #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.
  • On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.
  • The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes.

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