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Elisabeth Svantesson

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Sweden's New Spring Budget Allocates 10 Times More to Aviation Than to Climate Initiatives

Since the pandemic, air travel in Sweden has seen a decline as citizens increasingly opt for trains, demonstrating a shift towards more sustainable travel habits. Despite this, the Swedish government and the Finance Minister have disproportionately allocated resources, with 1 billion SEK going to the aviation industry, none to railways, and a mere 100 million SEK to other climate solutions.
This allocation to aviation, an industry suffering from reduced demand and known for high emissions, is deeply troubling. It reflects a disturbing trend: as Swedes become more eco-conscious, the government paradoxically bolsters fossil fuel interests, stalling necessary industrial adaptation.
Such policies seem less like governance and more like corruption. How can the Finance Minister defend these choices? As I happen to be invited to meet the Finance Minister at a breakfast roundtable next week, I will press for answers and advocate for a redirection of funds towards solving the climate crisis. We must move the money into the solutions, not the other way around!
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  • johnte ndeto

    4 w

    It's baffling how the Swedish government could overlook the pressing need to prioritize climate initiatives over aviation, especially considering the growing awareness and urgency surrounding climate change.

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    • yifitvaz

      4 w

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      • George Kariuki

        5 w

        Time to hold them accountable. Love that you're attending the meeting, ask the Finance Minister WHY! #MoveTheMoney

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        • johnte ndeto

          4 w

          @george_kariuki Absolutely, accountability is crucial.

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        • zelda ninga

          5 w

          This is absurd.

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          • johnte ndeto

            4 w

            @zelda_ninga_442 Completely agree. It's frustrating to see such misplaced priorities.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            5 w

            This is the highest degree of climate justice, sounds like Sweden authorities are sponsoring emmisions. The government should support green transportation habits and not the other way around.

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            • johnte ndeto

              4 w

              @joseph_githinji Exactly, it's a complete reversal of climate justice.

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            • Rashid Kamau

              5 w

              Climate initiatives should be the top priority.

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              • johnte ndeto

                4 w

                @rashid_kamau Absolutely, climate initiatives must take precedence for a sustainable future.

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              • Ann Nyambura

                5 w

                The Finance Minister should explain these choices and justify why fossil fuel interests are being prioritized over addressing the climate crisis

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                • johnte ndeto

                  4 w

                  @ann_nyambura_542 Agreed, the Finance Minister owes the public an explanation for prioritizing fossil fuel interests over addressing the urgent climate crisis.

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                • walter lungayi

                  5 w

                  This is heartbreaking. Sweden should go back to the drawing board and invest in sustainable solutions to address climate change.

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    4 w

                    @walter_lungayi Going back to the drawing board is a must, because right now, it feels like they're trying to power the future with yesterday's fossil fuels.

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                  • Markus Lutteman

                    5 w

                    This is absurd. Swedish citizens and companies are changing their travel habits in a greener direction, which is both great and neccesary. But instead of encouraging this, our government puts its resources, political will and tax-payer money to reverse this trend. And then the government ministers call this “an ambitious climate policy.”

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                    • johnte ndeto

                      4 w

                      @Markus_Lutteman It's a classic case of mixed signals: citizens and companies moving towards greener travel habits, but the government investing resources in the opposite direction.

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                    • Munene Mugambi

                      6 w

                      The Swedish government's budget allocation prioritizing aviation over climate initiatives undermines eco-conscious efforts which I see reflecting a concerning trend favoring fossil fuel interests. Such policies, seemingly corrupt, demand accountability and urgent redirection of funds towards genuine climate solutions. Simply unacceptable

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                      • johnte ndeto

                        4 w

                        @munene_mugambi Absolutely unacceptable.

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                      • Princess

                        6 w

                        It's utterly disappointing to see Sweden's government prioritizing the aviation industry over crucial climate initiatives in its spring budget.

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                        • johnte ndeto

                          4 w

                          @princess_nel_268 Completely agree. It's disappointing to witness such misplaced priorities in Sweden's spring budget.

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                        • Elizabeth Gathigia

                          6 w

                          A big disappointment for Sweden government! 😣 😣

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                          • johnte ndeto

                            4 w

                            @elizbeth_gathigia Indeed, a major disappointment for the Swedish government's allocation choices.

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                          • Patrick Kiash

                            6 w

                            I feel the Finance Minister's choices are indefensible, and it's disappointing to see their action sidestep the gravity of the situation. I don't think Swedish need more sugar-coating; They highly need accountability and action. The Finance Minister's priorities are not just misguided but irresponsible, and it's time they face the music and justify their decisions to the people they're supposed to represent. @Rentzhog as you meet in that roundtable meeting, emphasize and encourage everyone to join the "Move The Money" campaign by We Don't Have Time as an example of grassroots efforts to promote climate-friendly investments that has high potential for collaboration between civil society, government, and businesses to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable economy. Tell them and stress it the potential economic benefits of redirecting funds towards more sustainable alternatives like railways and other climate solutions, which can create more healthy jobs and foster innovation in green technologies, open up their eyes by letting them know once more that reallocating resources towards addressing the climate crisis is very IMPORTANT! Good luck with your meeting, and keep pushing for the change we need! You are one of that voices many Swedish may need now and many out here in the planet and by pushing and through the power of many change will happen. It all starts with me and you!

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                            • johnte ndeto

                              4 w

                              @patrick_kiash Absolutely, the Finance Minister's choices are indefensible, and accountability is paramount. It's time for action, not sugar-coating.

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                            • Edwin wangombe

                              6 w

                              this is disappointing... Sweden is undermining the actions and efforts that have been made over the years... it's time to get their priorities straight

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                              • Munene Mugambi

                                5 w

                                @edwin_wangombe It's a bad day to see Sweden backtrack on years of progress. Perhaps political pressures or vested interests have overshadowed the nation's commitment to sustainability, leading to misguided priorities that prioritize short-term gains over long-term environmental responsibility. Or you know, plain old corruption.

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                                • johnte ndeto

                                  4 w

                                  @edwin_wangombe Indeed, Sweden's current actions are disheartening and undermine years of progress.

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                                  • johnte ndeto

                                    4 w

                                    @munene_mugambi Sweden's recent actions undermine years of progress, possibly due to political pressures or corruption.

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                                  • DIPANJANA MAULIK

                                    6 w

                                    The basis of such cost economics needs to be analysed and questioned.

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                                    • johnte ndeto

                                      4 w

                                      @dipanjana_maulik Absolutely, the economic rationale behind such budget decisions warrants thorough analysis and scrutiny.

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                                    • Kevin

                                      6 w

                                      How is Sweden falling short of so many climate goals and focusing on non priorities?

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                                      • Munene Mugambi

                                        6 w

                                        @Kevin Because it is clear the fossil fuel industry is in charge and through corruption and kickbacks, they are able to influence government policies and decision making to favour their business module. It is a shame that even happens in the first place

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                                        • johnte ndeto

                                          4 w

                                          @Kevin Sweden's current actions are out of step with its climate goals

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                                          • johnte ndeto

                                            4 w

                                            @munene_mugambi This level of corruption is indeed shameful and needs to be addressed urgently.

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                                          • mary Mwihaki

                                            6 w

                                            This is very dissapointing action should be taken

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                                            • johnte ndeto

                                              4 w

                                              @mary_dosarah Absolutely, this level of disappointment warrants urgent action.

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                                            • Sarah Chabane

                                              6 w

                                              This government is a bunch of clowns

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                                              • johnte ndeto

                                                4 w

                                                @sarah_chabane_874 The government's actions certainly seem out of touch with the urgency of the climate crisis

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                                              • Annett Michuki..

                                                6 w

                                                Their corruption has made the shift of money.press him as we join the move the money campaign.

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                                                • johnte ndeto

                                                  4 w

                                                  @annett_michuki Their corruption is evident in the misallocation of funds.

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