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«Never think you are to save the world”
This is among the best advice I have ever received. It is not meant to imply that passiveness is the way to go, but to suggest that the issues and complications we are facing today are too complicated to just “figure it out and go fix it.” In many ways it is a comfort: when you feel like everything you do to contribute is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. There is just too much to be done, meaning, we have to do it together. But where do we start? At this point, probably wherever we can.
Scientists started to figure out that the earth is heating up already in the early 19th century, and in 1958 the human influence on these changes became known. Since then we have come a long way, both in understanding the problem and the impact it has on the earth. In Norway, climate change started to be addressed in the 1980s and a quantitative commitment to reduce emissions by about 5 per cent at the time was established in 1997. The current goals set by the Norwegian government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 55 per cent before the year 2030, which they must do because of the Paris agreement. In other words: We have known that something has to be done for a long time now, and the demands to do something drastic are rising. This is not to say that greenhouse emissions are the only issue to tackle: What about animal extinction and involuntary school absence?
In this issue, we do not offer a solution to save the world, but we are directing our attention to problems and solutions regarding the future of our planet, and with it everything and everyone here. The articles offer a variety of aspects, from waste management to seed collections and from nuclear power to the de-extinction of mammoths.
“Never think you are to save the world.” But with our youthful spirits still intact, and a whole life still to live, we do believe that we, including you and everyone else, can contribute.
To everyone who has contributed to this issue, the writers, the designer, the illustrator and the TIK-center: thank you. This magazine would not be here without everyone’s impeccable efforts. We at Teknovatøren are hoping you will find this issue informative, interesting and motivating.
Oda Karine Frøyen Vold