Political Activism

The 2009 Labor Party National Convention Lofoten Protest

In 2009, protests erupted addressing oil drilling in northern Norway as the Labor Party held its national convention (Berg, 2015). Several environmental organizations bonded together to form the protest, and although MDG did not directly participate due to it being a political party, they stated that it was vital that the Labor Party shifted their view of the Lofoten debate to anti-drilling, and protected the islands once and for all.

The Lofoten Boat Protest

In the fall of 2000, Statoil drilled for the first time, but did not discover any oil (Naturvernforbundet, 2017). However, as this took place, political pressure against the Labor Party grew along with public unrest.  MDG voiced its opinion on the matter, and even though they had little influence at the time, other political parties and Norwegian environmental organizations expressed the same concern. In 2001, direct protests took place, with the most famous one located in Lofoten itself.

Demand Universal Healthcare

DUH (Demand Universal Healthcare) advocated for a National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA), which would expand the current Medicare system to provide healthcare to all Americans and it would also expand the types treatments covered by the insurance. They are a group based in Chicago, but most of their work is done through social media and their website.

Protect Our Winters (POW)

Protect Our Winters (POW) is an environmental activist group dedicated to protecting winter through climate action.  POW was founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones.  The organization aims to inspire the snowsports community to take action against climate change through focusing on educational initiatives, political activism, and community-based activism.