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A greener Norwegian capital?. Green power has reached Oslo. Following September's local elections across Norway, the Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne, MDG) determines who forms Oslo’s government. MDG deserves full kudos. With a clear platform, they fought the election on their principles and won votes for it. Their euphoria is well-deserved, as is the power they now hold.

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A greener Norwegian capital?

Published on Thursday, 1st October, 2015 at 12:19 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

Green power has reached Oslo.

Is a greener Oslo on the horizon?
Is a greener Oslo on the horizon?
Photo: Ilan Kelman


Following September's local elections across Norway, the Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne, MDG) determines who forms Oslo’s government.

MDG deserves full kudos. With a clear platform, they fought the election on their principles and won votes for it. Their euphoria is well-deserved, as is the power they now hold.

With power comes responsibility. The joy of winning can easily morph into a desire for control alongside a toddler's petulance of insisting on one's own way.

Too often, those stepping into power misuse it. Arrogance and abuse of power have brought down many leaders, from small institutes to large countries.

MDG sits between these scales. They owe much to their supporters, with the opportunity to fulfil many of their promises.

Yet MDG lack a mandate to govern Oslo. All decisions entail negotiation and compromise.

The party ought to be prepared for bitter disappointment from members who feel that Oslo is not going green enough, combined with frustration from non-members who complain that MDG demands too much.

How can the power to serve be balanced with the power to lead? Certainly, bold and decisive environmental action should not be curtailed. MDG has the electorate's authority for it.

Just never forget Nanny McPhee's warning question: "Are you prepared to accept the consequences?" of doing "whatever you have to do".

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London. He was not eligible to vote.



Published on Thursday, 1st October, 2015 at 12:19 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: oslo, environment, politics, climate.





  
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