Mission sustainability – Nordic young people at Roskilde Festival

05.07.19 | News
Roskilde Festival
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Nordic youth delegation at Roskilde Festival

How can young people in the Nordic Region work with the Roskilde Festival to encourage sustainable behaviour among other young people in the future? The Nordic youth delegation has tasked itself with answering this question with the help of the Roskilde Festival.

“With its focus on sustainability and an audience of 130,000 guests from across the Nordic Region with an average age of 23, the Roskilde Festival is a very exciting potential partner for the Nordic Council of Ministers,” says Mary Gestrin, head of communications at the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Council. Consequently, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Youth Council have put together a delegation of young people to quite literally work in the field this week at the Roskilde Festival.

“The delegation’s primary objective is, together with the Roskilde Festival, to look at the potential for and content of future collaboration,” says Mikael Carboni Kelk, senior advisor and head of the council of ministers’ delegation at the festival.  

That annoying young person

The delegation has taken part in debates, inspiration meetings with other youth organisations, field trips, and workshops. On the FLOOKR political debate stage, the delegation took part in a debate on how young people can best emulate Greta Thunberg to latch on to the “adult world” and insist on ambitious sustainability measures. One member of the youth delegation, Ragnheiður Kristín Finnbogadóttir, had the following message:

“You have to be ‘that’ annoying young person who stands firm on sustainability in order to grab the attention of society.”  

You have to be ‘that’ annoying young person who stands firm on sustainability in order to grab the attention of society

Member of the youth delegation, Ragnheiður Kristín Finnbogadóttir

Young people themselves should be encouraging other young people

As a prelude to the idea workshop with the Roskilde Festival, the delegation met with other youth organisations including Ungdomsøen and the African Youth Delegation. This is in addition to being out and about at the festival to speak with young people who have come to listen to music and not necessarily get involved with sustainability. The general feeling is that this group still accounts for the majority of young people. But how can the Nordic Council of Ministers and Roskilde Festival encourage sustainable behaviour among this group? Delegation member Stinne Friis Vognæs from ReGeneration is in no doubt:

“We young people who are actively engaged with the issue must be part of the initiative. And we must be role models and go out and meet other young people where they are. We must seek them out and accept that they will not find motivation overnight. It’s a step-by-step process,” she says. The next step for the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Roskilde Festival is to analyse the delegation’s advice and look at the possibility of concrete co-operation and thus stage two.    

African Youth Delegation at Roskilde Festival
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African Youth Delegation, Nordic Youth Delegation, and Roskilde Festival

Ragnheiður Kristín Finnbogadóttir, Agenda 2030

Stinne Friis Vognæs, ReGeneration 2030

Jonas Færgeman, ReGeneration 2030

Barbara Gaardlykke Apol, Nordic Youth Council

Anna Falkenberg, Nordic Youth Council

Karolina Lång, NORDBUK

Marie Nygaard Sørlien, Nordic Council of Ministers

Katarina Goldfain Johnsen, Nordic Council of Ministers 

Viktor Lindelöw, Nordic Council of Ministers  

Youth delegation