Day: 28/11/2019

Is a Swedish Green Conversion Possible?: The Strengths and Limits to the Left’s Response

By Jonathan M. Feldman The Politics of Climate Change: Sweden’s Response Sweden is often regarded as an environmental pioneer but the country’s emissions have increased in key sectors. The 2019 Socialist Forum held in Stockholm’s ABF building addressed the urgency of climate change and the left’s response to the climate crisis. This essay analyzes one panel discussion there to raise general questions about the state of Swedish left thinking on the environmental crisis.  I use this discussion to explore both the strengths and weaknesses attached to such thinking.  While noting important steps forward attached to new social movements and ideas to link labor and environmental movements, I point to four key problems with the way the left frames or acts on ecological questions and suggest ways to overcome these limits. On November 23rd of this year Green Party spokesperson and Vice Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and author and university lecturer Andreas Malm led the discussion “We Must React!”  Lisa Pelling, the moderator, is a political scientist and research director at the Arena Idé think tank.  …