As promised, this has been a hectic week..! It have been a lot of writing, erasing, redoing, rethinking, redoing. Coffee. Master thesis writing. Ordinary life.
But it also included standing in front of hundreds of people, doing my poetry slam in a regional competition in JĂ¶nkĂ¶ping. I got the 6:th place, meaning I didnâ€™t manage to get to the Swedish championship. Felt kind of a relief, since I was already occupied during that time. Iâ€™m so happy that I took the courage to continue with my poems, I could never have imagined that just some months ago, haha!ee Sweden with 200 other people. It was interesting, as it touches the topics of land use, both in terms of forestry and agricultural. Which, of course, influence the conservation topics. The minister of the Environment, Karolina Skog, was there and participated in a panel discussion as well as giving a long speech.
It was interesting, but also a little bit worrying. It sounds like fossil free is equal to environmental friendly. But the atmosphere does not separate emissions depending on its source. And the main problem remains, there is too much emissions. So, even if we switch all our energy into â€śrenewableâ€ť ones, the simple equation and problem remains. Weâ€™re letting too much emissions out in the atmosphere, simple as that. The solutions lies in the thing that nobody dared to even discuss; to decrease the consumption. Why is this? Because, well, who will make money by thatâ€¦?
This is exactly why Iâ€™m so glad I got to have a speech.
I was nervous, but as soon as I enter the stage, the feeling disappears. I gave my speech, and I think it went pretty good. As I finished, my words were taken over by a loud applause, followed by a silence full of thoughts. My speech highlighted the link between climate and biodiversity, stating that we have to value our species existence higher than economic growth. ThisÂ was not agreed by everybody, and they evaluated together, on a scale â€śagreeâ€ť to â€śdisagreeâ€ť, and interestingly people ended up all over it. One of the one that agreed were asked about why, and she replied â€śit was more the messenger and the speech itself that made us sympathise with this statementâ€ť.
And she was not alone; many people cameÂ to me to thank me for my speechÂ and discuss the hard question with me. This, makes everything worth it. Thank you so much for sharing and showing me what my words means for you. To all of you who asked me to not stop writing, I promise I wonâ€™t.
The conference switched to a playful climate-party, with Svante Axelsson talking about all the positive things that is taking place in the climate struggle, driving spirits talking about their work in a climate-talk-show, politicians gave their point of view on the challenges. I got to be on stage once more, performing poetry slam with DĂ¶dsstjĂ¤rnan. Again, I got really good response; people approached me and complimented my poems and wanted to make music with it. Letâ€™s see what happens. As long as my messages get widespread, I feel that they serve their purpose.
Since I didnâ€™t get so much sleep, and the week have been rather messy and hectic, I have barely done anything today, haha! I was thinking of going for a run, but sadly my shoes got worn out. Maybe a long walk will do.
All the best,
Rebecka Le Moine