When Prime Minister Erna Solberg formally re-opened the Museum of Natural History in Bergen on Monday, demonstrators were on hand to protest her government’s climate and environmental policy. They held signs shaped like gravestones and featuring extinct and threatened birds, plants and animals.
Police kept the demonstrators from the international organization Extinction Rebellion at bay during Solberg’s opening remarks. She claimed the museum, which reopened after six years of massive rehabilitation, had been a childhood favourite while growing up in the Bergen area.
Demonstrators, however, wanted to draw attention to “all the species that have died out.” They also demand much stronger climate policy from Solberg and her government, and criticized her government’s state budget for next year. It reveals that Norway won’t meet its emissions reduction goals for 2020, and those for 2030 are also in danger.
The Extinction Rebellion organization has set up chapters in Oslo, Bergen and several other areas of Norway, and promises more demonstrations and civil disobedience in its efforts to reverse climate change.