Swedish students call for sustainable workplaces for their future

A group of Swedish students issue a manifesto demanding "radical changes" in their future workplaces, and are calling on employers to improve sustainability.

Catherine Edwards
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Why this story matters:

Sweden as a country is often held up as a positive example of sustainable solutions: some homes are heated thanks to recycling sewage and trash, and less than one percent of household waste ends up in the landfill. But while many individual companies have their own "sustainability policies", they could be doing much more, students argue.

As the people who will have to live with the impact of climate change, the  students say that companies should be making all their business decisions with the goal of climate responsibility in mind. This should be a top priority, they say.

"The carbon dioxide budget should be taken as seriously as the financial budget," write the students behind the manifesto.

In Sweden, young people are currently leading the charge when it comes to taking responsibility for the climate, from these students to 15-year-old Greta Thunberg who started a movement when she went on strike from school to raise awareness of climate issues this summer.

Details from the story:

  • The manifesto was inspired by a similar call from 20,000 students in France
  • The students are announcing they will not work for employers who do not take sustainability seriously
  • There are three specific demands made of employers, including mapping out and reporting their business's climate impact and following up on this continuously
  • The manifesto can be read in full here
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