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Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir
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No Paper, No Meat at Left-Green Movement’s National Convention

Climate issues were at the forefront of Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s speech during the Left-Green Movement’s eleventh National Convention at Grand Hótel Reykjavík today, RÚV reports. In order to minimise the Convention’s carbon footprint, the gathering was entirely meat and paper-free.

Jakóbsdóttir, who has been the Chairperson of the Left-Green Movement since 2013, called for a climate-related “revolution,” arguing that despite the scale and complexity of the challenge – fear-induced paralysis was not an option. To do nothing would be to let future generations down.

“The first climate-related legislation was passed under the leadership of the Left-Green Movement in 2012. There was little interest among other parties. I know because I was there,” Jakóbsdóttir said, adding that an area equivalent to 63 football fields of wetlands was reclaimed last year. In 2022, an area equivalent to 700 football fields is slated to be reclaimed, according to Jakobsdóttir, with an even larger area being earmarked for soil reclamation and forestry.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir is Iceland’s 28th prime minister and Iceland’s second female prime minister. She is the leader of a three-party coalition (along with the Independence and Progressive parties) formed after the 2017 elections. The Left-Green Movement was founded in 1999 and is based around four basic principles: environmentalism, feminism, pacifism, and democratic socialism.

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