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Published on February 11th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


Interview With Gro Harlem Brundtland, Grandmother of Sustainability (Video)

February 11th, 2016 by  

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

Gro Brundtland is the “grandmother of sustainability.” She is a true legend, and the roots of “sustainability” and “sustainable development” sprouted in the famous report named after her, Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report. Gro was the deserved winner of the 2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, and I was lucky to spend some time with her in the midst of the Women in Sustainability, Environment, and Renewable Energy (WiSER) summit. Here’s my video of that interview:

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  • Are Hansen

    Hm, I remember her well from her days as our prime minister. Domestically she was not very environmental, but supported full steam ahead for oil extraction in our North Sea, and took the Labor Party in a more right-wing direction.

    But yes, she did do some useful work for the environment on the international scene. And in the end that matters more than what happens to a handful of affluent people in the far north 😉

    • Hmm, interesting. Didn’t have that much background knowledge on her Norwegian policies!

    • Povel Vieregg

      Of course the right-wing of the labour party that she represented still is very left wing by American standards, which I think many readers here might relate it to. I mean even Norwegian far right parties have views that on number of issues which would put them to the left of the democratic party.

      And frankly I think the positions of many green advocacy groups in Norway is a bit extreme. I consider myself as somebody concerned about the environment but I am more inline with somebody like Elon Musk or perhaps Al Gore than say Greenpeace.

      Sure Norway has been drilling for oil but we have manage to do that frequently with a lot less environmental impact that other countries manage with their oil drilling. So why it is of course not green to drill for oil in the first place, it has been done with a green mindset.

      I always found it more problematic subsidies of coal extraction of Spitsbergen than oil drilling in the north sea, as the world don’t really need coal, while oil we don’t have a good substitute for in the short term.

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