Swedish Government Belittles Trump With This All-Women Photo

Written by Stefanie Spear and reposted with permission from EcoWatch

The Swedish government announced new climate change legislation Thursday that requires the country to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, one of the most ambitious plans by any developed country.

Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin posted a photograph on Twitter of her signing the bill surrounded by an all-female staff. Many people are comparing this photo to the viral photo of Donald Trump when he signed an executive order restricting access to abortion while surround by men.

“You can interpret it as you want,” Lovin’s spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “It’s more that Sweden is a feminist government and this is a very important law that we just decided on … And to make the Paris agreement happen we need climate leadership.”

The legislation will “bind all future governments to net zero emissions by 2045,” Lovin said, and require Swedish governments to provide updates on climate change efforts and whether the country is on track to meet its target.

The new Swedish law was developed after agreement from seven out of the eight political parties in parliament. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

According to the AP, Lovin said, Sweden wanted to set an example at a time when “climate skeptics (are) really gaining power in the world again.” She criticized climate skeptics within the new Trump Administration and said, “the position we hear from the new administration is worrying,” and warned that all countries need to “step up and fulfill the Paris agreement.”

Lovin’s concern is clearly warranted as news this week continued to show Trump’s war on the environment.

Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee suspended their panel’s rules Thursday to force through Scott Pruitt‘s nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, revealing “just how much fossil fuel industry money has corrupted Congress,” as climate group 350.org put it.

And, on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) drafted a bill to abolish the EPA and is seeking support from his colleagues for the measure.

Photo Credit: News Oresund/Flickr

81 comments

Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus3 months ago

Thank you for sharing

SEND
Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

SEND
Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla6 months ago

Awesome for Sweden... US......

SEND
Deborah W
Deborah W7 months ago

Aside from Sweden being a feminist government, with unrealistic goals and dates
locked in place until 2045 before net zero emissions legislation can be replaced or extracted -- no matter the results or lack of -- and further dealt with Even then, being only one of the many countries contributing to climate change problems (who will be needed to similarly invest to effect the change desired), personally feels like a dreamworks presentation. The burden of change is shared by all and, unless all (or most) are in, little will be different then from now.

SEND
Barbara S.
Barbara S.7 months ago

I fear President Trump will undo in 4 years, more than 20 years worth of clean climate acts we've accomplished and were on-track to make better. Just the idea that mining companies can legally pollute fresh water streams, now, is absurd... Where does he think his own clean water is going to one day come from? Will his grandchildren have to fly to the top of some mountain in France to scoop up barrels of snow?

SEND
Freya H
Freya H7 months ago

How 'bout them Swedes! I am proud to have a rivulet of Swedish blood in my veins.

SEND
Past Member
Past Member 7 months ago

very cool

SEND
Jen S
Jen S7 months ago

I appreciated the photograph from the Swedes; their sense of irony made Trump and his gaggle of sycophants look even more foolish, more arrogant than previously.

SEND
Celine R
Celine Russo7 months ago

If America isn't going to continue the Paris agreement then we'll have a situation where all the other countries will have to do higher efforts for the planet.

SEND
Margie F
Margie F7 months ago

I thought the Swedish government were above that.

SEND