On April 16 prominent Green leaders from the U.S., Germany, Sweden, and Norway participated in the “Green Talks” conference held in Oslo. The conference was a great success and bears tidings of intensified international cooperation between Green parties in the years to come.
Jill Stein from the Green Party of the United States was the first international speaker at the event, which took place in Oslo’s House of Literature. She directed attention to the Norwegian state oil company Statoil’s investments in Canadian tar sands. “When you invest in tar sands, we all pay the price,” she said.
Other featured speakers included:
. Eva Quistorp, one of the founders of Germany’s Die Grünen in 1980 and a former member of the European Parliament;
. Jonas Eriksson, MP for Miljöpartiet in Sweden, talked about his work on Swedish mineral and mining policy;
. Green Spokesperson Hanna E. Marcussen of Norway and Rasmus Hansson (the first candidate from Oslo in the upcoming parliamentary election) chaired a panel focusing on how Green parties can cooperate to put effective climate policies on the agenda internationally.
“Increased cooperation between Green parties can release enormous resources that we need in our mutual struggle for a sustainable and just future,” said Jill Stein in her closing remarks.