Issue #5 is now available online!

Issue #5 Food Rights and Food Fights is now available for viewing and downloading through Issuu. In the 5th issue of Tvergastein we wanted to look at food consumption and production, amongst other things, from a global as well as local perspective. How has globalization impacted local food production? Do we really know what we’re eating? These are some of the questions we sought to answer in this edition. If you’re in Oslo but missed our launch event and would like a hard copy of the journal, you can look for one around UiO Blindern campus, at SUM, and on the NMBU campus in Ås, coming soon.

ISSN number (online): ISSN 1893-5834
ISSN number (print): ISSN 1893-5605

Launch of Tvergastein #4 – Should we kill the car?


Join Tvergastein for the launch of our fourth issue entitled: “Should We Kill the Car?”.

The event will be hosted on Saturday April 5th at Litteraturhuset (Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo, Norway), at 6pm.

We will be hosting a panel discussion and conversation about the future of the car. When the car was first introduced to the masses it was meant to represent individual freedom, modernity and the future. For many, it still does. However, transport is also one of the main causes of greenhouse gas emissions. In light of growing environmental challenges worldwide, we ask the question whether it is really sustainable to keep using cars. Are “green cars” the answer? Are they a feasible alternative? What are the alternatives to using a car? How does city planning potentially impact car-usage, or abstention thereof? 

Kit Fai Næss will kick-start the evening with some introductory words.

Lars Gaupset, Central board member of the Green Party;
Aud Tennøy, Research Manager for Public Transport, Land Use and Transport Planning at the Institute of Transport Economics.

The debate will be moderated by Eivind Trædal, Communications Advisor for Naturvernforbundet.

Further panelists to be announced. 

We will round-off the evening with some fun music. Join us for an evening filled with interesting conversations and good fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

Ethical Oil: Greenwashing Canada´s Oil Sands?

“Ethical oil” is a relatively recent label used by oil producing countries and companies in order to appeal to the conscientious consumer. In this article Carlos Rosado examines the claims Canada makes for why oil extracted from their soil is more “ethical” than elsewhere. He finds that such claims are part of a greenwashing, an “evolving political discourse in which Canada is increasingly abdicating its international responsibilities in favour of the short term benefits which unsustainable resource extractions affords the state.”

Illustration: Luis Carlos Rosado van der Gracht.

Canada has long enjoyed the image of a democratic, prosperous and internationally responsible nation. International perceptions of Canada as a “northern gentle giant” are likely due (at least in part) to its relative military and economic inconsequence when compared to its larger and more aggressive southern neighbour. Although Canada has traditionally had a mixed record regarding environmental management, over the past several decades there has existed a sense that Canada is one of “the good guys” and that despite its shortcomings it remains environmentally progressive and committed to addressing global environmental issues such as ocean acidification and climate change. Continue reading

Making Peace with the Earth

In the foreword of her new book The Living Earth Dr. Vandana Shiva warns that now, when humanity have come to terms with the huge powers we have accrued to manipulate nature, we face a choice of enormous importance. We must choose, claims Shiva, between a destructive anthropocene, where our polluting and destroying ways are continued, or a creative anthropocene, where responsibility and humility towards nature is key. Tvergastein Journal is proud to present an excerpt. 

Illustration: Heida Mobeck.

Illustration: Heida Mobeck.

From a Destructive Anthropocene, to a Creative Anthropocene Guided by the Living Earth

The Economist special Issue on the “The World in 2012” ends with an obituary for The Earth. The earth is not about to die. What is dying is an outmoded paradigm and world view that has created multiple crises, beginning with the ecological crisis. The Mayan Prophecy, to which it refers, is not about the end of the Earth, but our age of ecological destruction.

By working on models of human progress based on the false assumption that we are separate from the earth and the earth is dead inert matter, humanity has pushed species to extinction, destabilized the climate, destroyed water, and polluted the rivers and oceans. The illusion that we are separate from the Earth is eco-apartheid. Beginning with separation from the Earth, we create separation within the human community. Finally, we separate ourselves from our own humanity, our being, our purpose on Earth. We start believing the Earth is to be owned and conquered. We accept the brutalisation of our brothers and sisters. And we shrink ourselves into appropriateness or consumers.

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Heading for Rio, Again…

With the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development a week away Robyn Eckersley claims that we need much more than another shopping list of goals. According to her we need an outcome that is visionary, tangible and transformatory.  

Photo: Misha Jemsek.

In June 2012 governments, stakeholders and global civil society will gather together at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil to renew and enhance the international community’s commitment to sustainable development. The agenda is both exciting and ambitious. The so-called ‘zero draft’ outcome document remains a work in progress, bulging with competing ideas, both big and small.

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