“I cannot change the system by myself. I cannot fight with capitalism or everyday degradation of culture and everything else by myself. I need other people to do that with me, who are like minded, I know they are out there, but how do I find them?”
I am working with youth from Grønland, this is a project called Oslo living lab. Oslo living lab is a social project which focuses on young people co-creating green jobs that explore circularity, in particularly bio-circular economies. The first pilot explored how local food waste can be turned into compost and then used for growing plants; demonstrating the possibility of such circularities.
Oslo living lab is not only an entrepreneurship program, but an opportunity for these young people to learn skills and acquire a mindset about the overwhelming reality; that there are problems such as food waste and how to tackle those problems. We believe green jobs will be the future in the job market and that if we create these eco-ambassadors today, when they are sixteen or seventeen, then in the future they will be more acclimatised to work in jobs that are in this direction,
When they will graduate, they will all be in their own social circles, and just like how a biological organism spreads, they will also spread this vision.
It is now sexy to be sustainable! Everybody wants to do something related to it, to show that they are onboard. For various reasons, everybody is talking about sustainability. It's amazing! Now we can actually do something about this crisis. If in the job market there are more spaces for people who are agents of change, who can bring the tools and methods to those who want change and who need change, whatever they are looking for; green marketing or something else... it is a great way to infiltrate and really change things within institutions, organisations, firms, etc.
believe that change should come from local government, not from high up, because that usually is not context specific. Municipalities have the power to enact upon these ideas or translate ideas into policies. Today, in our municipality, there is not a dedicated department that takes food into focus. Instead it is part of the departments of health or education that look at food in different perspectives. But food as being central to all of our lives needs a holistic approach to it.
Alternative food networks are gaining more visibility in Norway, so people are looking for alternative ways of food provision, and are asking themselves,"where can I get a better food?" Norwegians spend a very small part of their salaries on food, while they spend a lot more on accommodation. This should change! We pay too much for housing, and we should start paying for the actual price of food, because the cost of food production is externalised, and we cannot continue ignoring the external costs of food production and its side effects!
I tried a strict Norwegian food diet for 6 months and I went crazy! I could only eat carrots, beats, leaks, potatoes, rutabaga (all root crops)…You can’t do 100%, but people have to start being comfortable by being uncomfortable, maybe don’t eat all that imported food everyday and maybe dedicate a day to eat only local crops, and start appreciating all that variety that comes to our tables.
I want to talk to those who make important decisions or who write policies. Maybe I represent 1% of the community, but we should also ask the 99% what the barriers are! How can we make their lives easier if we want a more sustainable society? The reality is, you cannot eradicate the domination of humans over nature unless you address the domination of people over other people. So, you cannot address the ecological crisis before you resolve the societal crisis.
Idil Akdos is an urban farmer, beekeeper and mentor at youth program. Born and raised in Istanbul, Idil is now writing her thesis at NMBU about critical pedagogy and working as an urban farmer and beekeeper at Tak for Maten in Grønland with a team of young people. Her aim is circulate knowledge about growing food, create an appreciation about how food is produced, and equip people with the skills to bring back ecological integrity, social justice and resilience in agrifood systems: connecting the hand, the heart and the head!
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Linnea Bågander - Linnea is a PhD-student in Artistic Research at the Swedish School of Textiles. She works with movement, materials and bodies, and how together they create expressions and experiences. Her work ranges from how materials interpret body movements, to how materials give impressions, inspiration, and movements to the body.
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