Podcasts: Nordic voices on the green transition

22.12.21 | News
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Benjamin Suomela / Norden.org
How close are we to battery-powered planes? What effect has Greta Thunberg had on the attitudes of her fellow Swedes? Is small-scale farming the future? How can we eat more sustainably? These are just a few of the questions and challenges up for discussion in a new podcast series produced in collaboration with Monocle Radio. Listen to ministers, activists, and visionaries and be inspired by their insight, knowledge, and ideas from the Nordics.

The green transition is on the agenda for several special editions of Monocle’s The Foreign Desk Explainer, which delve deep into topics of global importance from the Nordic Region. With a focus on sustainability issues, this international series has been produced in the run up to, during, and after the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, which stressed the need for climate action. 

Insights from ministers, activists, and researchers

From sustainable agriculture, carbon neutrality and the challenge of climate fatigue to greener travel – and eating habits? In the podcast series, hosted by British journalist and author Michael Booth, you’ll meet the internationally acclaimed architect Lene Tranberg, professor Rune Blomhoff who is leading efforts on the upcoming Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Krista Mikkonen, as well as Ivar Karlsson, Head of a railway travel agency in Sweden, and Saara Kankaanrinta, who was nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Environment Prize, and many more. They’ll all be sharing their knowledge, visions and perspectives on the green transition.

We hope you enjoy the smörgåsbord of topics in this ongoing series: 

The road to greener travel habits in the Nordics

Featuring: Knut Arild Hareide, Norway’s former Minister of Transport and Communications, Kristian Djurhuus, CEO of Forsea, Anne Larilahti, Finnair’s Head of Sustainability, Krista Mikkonen, Finland’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ivar Karlsson, Head of a railway travel agency in Sweden, Christian Andersen, Chief Engineer at Maersk Line

How to achieve carbon neutrality in the Nordics?

Featuring: Åsa Bäcklin, Corporate Communications at SSAB, Erik Frandsen, architect and partner at Lundgaard & Tranberg architects, Lene Tranberg, architect, co-founder and partner at Lundgaard & Tranberg architects, Tom Einar Jensen, CEO of Freyr, Jacob Sterling, Senior Director, Head of Decarbonisation Innovation & Business Development at Mærsk, Dominic Ward, CEO at Verne Global

Nudging the Nordics towards eating more sustainably

Featuring: Michael Minter, Head of Programme at CONCITO, Luka Balac and Carlos Henriques, Restaurant Nolla, Helsinki, Dr Rune Blomhoff, Professor at the University of Oslo, Anne Pøhl Enevoldson, Head of Sustainable Food and Health at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Anna-Karin Quetel, Sustainable Strategist at the National Food Administration of Sweden

Preparing for the consequences of climate change

Featuring: Uta Reichardt, Transdisciplinary Researcher, University of Iceland, Dan Sundström, Firefighter, Patrik Andersson, Södra Skog, Rico Kongsager, Associate Professor, Emergency & Risk Management, University College Copenhagen, Jens Thoms Ivarsson, Creative Director, Rain Gothenburg, City of Gothenburg, Lisa Ekström, Climate strategist, the City Planning Office, City of Gothenburg

Nordic tools for sustainable agriculture

Featuring: Krista Mikkonen, Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Afton Halloran (PhD), Independent Consultant in Sustainable Food Systems Transitions, Saara Kankaanrinta, chair of the Baltic Sea Action Group, and nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Environment Prize, Flemming Schiøtt Hansen, Founder of Stedsans in the Woods, Magnus Bondesson, Swedish Forest Agency, Lars Erik Levin, Forest owner

How to communicate a long-term crisis – the challenge of climate fatigue

Featuring: Jakob Askou Bøss, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at Ørsted, Esther Michelsen Kjeldahl, Climate activist, Li Andersson, Finland’s Minister of Education, Lex Harvey, Project Co-ordinator, Nordic-Canadian Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, Petra Laiti, Activist, Pelle Boberg, External board member at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Biodiversity topping the Nordic agenda 

Featuring: Lea Wermelin, Minister for the Environment, Demark, Ulf Nilsson, Invasive species expert, Lise Lykke Steffensen, Direktor Nordgen , Lasse Eriksen Bjørn, Saami Council's Arctic and Environment Unit, Tine Sille Svendsen, Nordic youth advisory group on biodiversity

The Nordic phoenix effect – time to re-establish community

Featuring: Bertel Haarder, former government minister and President of the Nordic Council, Marna Eide, Director of International Programs at FRI - the Norwegian Organisaton for Sexual and Gender Diversity,Tor Alvik, Subject Director at the Norwegian Digitalization Agency, Josefin Carlring, Secretary General of the Nordic Association in Sweden, Johan Strang, Associate Professor at the University of Helsinkiadvisory group on biodiversity 



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