Now I´m back in Sweden after three month in Georgia. It has been a wonderful and instructive time, and I hope that the cooperation will continue in the future. Together we have got to know each other and our different kind of struggles, methods and visions for the future.
We still have a huge challenge in front of us, to change the world into a place where we all respect each other and the environment around us. I hope 2015 will be a year to remember as the starting point for a changed development. This year, the UN sustainable development goals, which is supposed to be reached until 2030, put the bar very high. For example, the goal includes the end of poverty in all its forms everywhere, to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. In addition, the climate summit in Paris that will be held soon will hopefully produce a binding agreement for all to take serious action.
However, we know that well written goals or even ambiguous global agreements are not going to make any change if not real actions are taken at all levels. The goals and agreements are only frames that has to be filled with actual content. Global, regional, national, local and individual levels will all fill their different functions and solution in the development to sustainability and equality. Activism, hard work, innovation and political struggles will always be needed everywhere to make something happen.
The green values have never been as important as now, when we are on our way to destroy the world as we know it. Green values is needed to keep the society intact, for equality and sustainability as prevention of conflicts, environmental degradation and intolerance. We are not the naive ones, we are realists. The naivety lies in the conception that it´s possible to continue as before, to keep old structures and systems in a changing world.