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Speech – The Missing Criterion

By on jan 19, 2015 in English, Speeches | 0 comments

This speech was written for the Global Climate Ambassadors at the transition of the European Green Capital Award from Copenhagen to Bristol on December 8, 2014. It was delivered by four separate children – one from each city. Their names are Aliyah Bergström (Malmö), Jonas Ilmari Balsby (Brussels), Siw Rønne Appel  (Copenhagen) and James Gibson (Bristol). You can also read it on their website.    The Missing Criterion The part from Malmö – Aliyah Bergström We are children from Malmo and right next door we are holding the Children’s Climate Summit. Because we can see that something is missing. At the United Nations Earth Summit, 12 year old Severn Suzuki walked up on the stage in Rio de Janeiro and made the leaders of the world listen. Last week she turned 35. She is now married and has two kids. A generation has come and gone, but what has changed? The climate has...

Klimaforandringerne og historien om Sarah

By on dec 4, 2014 in Dansk, Speeches | 0 comments

Denne artiklen blev bragt i RetorikMagasinet i august 2014. Den hænger sammen med baggrundsartiklen ‘Sådan blev Sarah en vinder‘. Du kan læse den originale tale på engelsk her: Climate Change and the Story of Sarah og hvis du vil læse alle relevante indlæg om denne tale og dens pris, kan du se en liste her.    Klimaforandringerne og historien om Sarah Deres Kongelige Højhed, højtærede gæster, mine damer og herrer. Tak fordi jeg måtte komme og tale til jer i dag. Måske spørger I jer selv hvorfor ministeren for klima, energi og bygning er med til jeres kon¬ference. Lad mig være helt ærlig. Jeg er her af to grunde: For det første: Klimaforandringerne er den største trussel mod menneskets reproduktive helbred. For det andet: I er en del af løsningen! Og jeg er her for at bede jer om at gøre jeres del. At arbejde med klimaforandringer er at bekymre sig om vores børns...

Speech – Climate Change Is Now

By on nov 4, 2014 in English, Speeches | 0 comments

I wrote this speech for the Global Climate Ambassadors to be delivered at the launch of the 5 th IPCC assessment report in Copenhagen on October 27, 2014. It was delivered at City Hall in front of the Danish Climate Minister, The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and the entire IPCC team by three kids: Nana Haislund Hansen, Markus Gerner Van Deurs and Emma Brag  – and here is the report they wrote about ‘Engaging the Next Genereation‘. Here is the video:   Climate Change Is Now!   We are children. We are from Ghana, Belgium, Nigeria, Sweden, India, Zambia and right here in Denmark. We are the Global Climate Ambassadors and we want to talk to you about climate change. Climate change is here right now – in the past it was a question about our future. No More. Climate change is now. We see it, we hear it and we talk about it. We worry about our future. In India children...

Speech – Talking About the Weather

By on apr 19, 2014 in English, Speeches | 0 comments

This speech was written for Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Rasmus Helveg Petersen to be delivered at IPCC and WMO’s Workshop on Communicating Climate, Paris, France, April 2, 2014. You can also read about the reception of the speech on social media afterwards here – Behind the Weather Talk.    Talking about the weather Thank you for having me. It is truly a pleasure to be here, a pleasure I have been looking forward to for a long time. After all, it is not every day that you get to talk back to the weather reporter. This time you are the ones in the seat listening and I am the one talking. But we are here for a serious reason. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released a report about the effects of climate change, climate adaptation and vulnerability. Soon they will release a report about mitigating climate change. That is worth...

Speech – Oil and Gas on the Green Scale

By on dec 15, 2013 in English, Speeches | 0 comments

I wrote this speech to Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard to be given at Oil Gas Summit, Oil and Gas Denmark, Copenhagen, September 10, 2013. The speech was published in Vital Speeches International december 2013.    Oil and Gas on the Green Scale Almost every day I am asked by the media or ordinary citizens: How can Denmark, one of the most ambitious green front runners of the world, at the same time pursue to be an active and ambitious explorer and producer of oil and gas? And let me also start my keynote today by addressing that crucial question. In Denmark we don’t see the two ambitions as contradicting each other. We see them as preconditions to each other. In Denmark we have broad political backing for using the Danish resources of oil and gas to the largest possible extent. Denmark is an oil and gas producing country and we will use that to...

Business Friendly Climate and Climate Friendly Business

By on nov 29, 2013 in English, Speeches | 0 comments

I wrote this speech to Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard to be held at ‘EU Towards a Green Economy’ by Confederation of Danish Industry, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 15 2013. Business friendly climate for climate friendly business I believe strongly in facts based politics – and so let me start by providing you with a few facts about Denmark: Denmark is at the top of the lists of Countries Best for Business AND Best Performer on Climate Change. Excluding tax Denmark has electricity prices below the European average AND we are in the midst of an ambitious transition to a clean energy future with high price certainty and energy security. Just yesterday, the report “Productivity in Green Business” showed that green businesses in Denmark are more productive than the Danish business average. AND hard facts tell a sobering story: This transforming is...