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Björn Wiman: Disaster can be avoided with political methods – also in the day

During January's first real working weeks looms the new year up like an insurmountable mountain. Just as well to go with the back prior towards the future, loo

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Björn Wiman: Disaster can be avoided with political methods – also in the day

During January's first real working weeks looms the new year up like an insurmountable mountain. Just as well to go with the back prior towards the future, looking backward. Towards 1969, for example, a andningspaus in the history wedged between the large, symboltyngda 1968 and the fabled 1970s. What was it that happened 50 years ago?

There were, of course, then as now. On 22 september came the ”Septemberorkanen”, a ferocious storm that may be this year's storms seem mild vindpustar. Trees fell like matches, buildings and telecommunications networks being demolished, ten people died. On 1 november, followed Septemberorkanen of the so-called Allhelgonaorkanen, which wrought almost as much devastation and caused six deaths.

aftereffects of course have a prominent place in the SVT:s documentary ”the Year was 1969”, an associative and worth seeing review of this parenthetical year in the history of the world. Inger Nilsson Pippi with the whole Swedish people, the Swedish writers ' Association engaged in action for the height of the biblioteksersättning and Sylvia Vrethammar wearing bright yellow trouser suit in a Swedish version of Dusty Springfield's ”Son of a preacher man” (”The only one who could light the flame was an apprentice on our farm”). In addition, put Ove Kindvall crucial 2-0 in the world CUP qualifier against France at Råsunda, Alexandra Charles opens his first disco and there will be children's programmes in the start-up TV2.

Yes, the past fills the first oxveckornas grim reality with sweet nostalgia.

a hard political reality even 50 years ago. The great strike of the miners begins at LKAB, CH Hermansson läxar up their party colleagues in the VPK and in the People's house in Stockholm departing Tage Erlander after 23 years as prime minister and the leader of the social democrats.

It portaltal as the his successor, Olof Palme, is in the congress will be one of his best and most timeless. Palme talks about how the pace and intensity of the public debate is increasing, and how a sense of crisis and impending disaster is spreading in many countries. He talks about ”the rich industrinationernas failure” – if the social tension, inadequacy of divisions based on class, power and environmental degradation and on how a new kind of katastroftanke growing up around ”the human destruction and natural destruction”. The 70's, " says Palme, can be a ”the decade” with the continued exploitation of the natural resources, water and air pollution and destruction of habitat. He is talking about a sense of hopelessness that sometimes affects both him and many others: ”the Path from insight to action is in international cooperation is particularly long. The terrible starts to become unremarkable.”

But, inculcates he also, the disaster is far from inevitable. If the will is a consequence of incorrect political decisions or of a failure to make political decisions: ”the Realization is growing that the present-day crucial problems, by their nature are social and political and thus must be dealt with by social and political methods. Therefore, the development can be rotated only the right of the peoples themselves.”

Also today, spreading a feeling of to the terrible is on its way to becoming unremarkable, and that the disaster is inevitable. Also in the day, it is wrong.

It is an outstanding speech. 50 years later, is the existential constant in the human condition on earth the same. Also today, spreading a feeling of to the terrible is on its way to becoming unremarkable, and that the disaster is inevitable. Also in the day, it is wrong. Also our greatest challenge, the climate crisis, its nature social and political, and must therefore be dealt with social and political practices. Now, as then, must the responsibility be of the greatest actors – states, companies, and industries – which destroys the most and which, therefore, have both the greatest responsibility and the greatest potential to implement essential changes. Klimatforskaren Kevin Anderson points out that if the world's richest 10 per cent would reduce their emissions to the average in the EU, global emissions decrease by 30 percent. It and a number of other quick policy measures would buy us time and hope.

from the year 1969 was perhaps not whether the storms or partiledarbytet in the social democrats. At 21.17 gmt on July 20, took the american lunar module Eagle land on the moon, a few hours later, astronaut Neil Armstrong as the first man down the foot on its surface. ”The biggest cirkusnumret so far in the history of the earth, carried out in the widest of the domes – the vault of heaven itself”, wrote dagens nyheter's chief editor Olof Lagercrantz the day after in a beautiful editorial.

Myself, I was born only three months later and therefore has no memories of the event. But it as the fictitious Neil Armstrong said in the movie ”First man” from last year, I forget not. In one scene, he talks about how he by to see the earth from space have understood how fragile the vital processes of the atmosphere around our planet is. A replica could almost be taken from Olof Palme's speech in the house of the People: To see the earth as you see it from afar allows us to see things as we should have seen a long time ago – but not had the ability to see until now.

Read more by Björn Wimans chronicles of the climate crisis – and about the book ”Late on earth. 33 thoughts on the world's biggest news” .

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