On September 23, Earth.Org had a conversation with Martin Skadal, a climate activist and entrepreneur based in Norway, and one of Earth.Org’s very own Global Ambassadors. Martin is involved with a number of projects supporting animal rights, human rights and environmentalism. In our chat, we talked about his non-profit World Saving Hustle, a networking organisation that educates and takes action on human and animal rights and the environment, as well as his experiences as an activist.
Martin spoke with Earth.Org about several topics, including:
- The best ways to engage with people who are apathetic to environmental issues, people who don’t feel affected by climate change, or those to are deniers of climate science, is present information in different ways and platforms for people to connect and learn. But it is important to keep moving on and continue to spread awareness, and not focus on people who are unwilling to listen.
- Mental health should not be ignored in the fight against the climate crisis, especially for environmental activists. Many experience fatigue or are burnt out from the work that they do, or struggle to handle conflict during outreach efforts. It’s important for someone to be in a good place mentally in order to help others better.
- How to spot problematic NGOs or activists, and what types of red flags to look out when you’re working or reaching out with organisations.
Martin also talked about how his home country of Norway is behind in their climate goals despite being a world leader in their transition to electric cars. The Norwegian government issued plans in January 2021 to open ocean areas in the Nordic region to explore and produce minerals from the ocean floor. Martin shared his ongoing campaigns with other environmental organisations calling for a moratorium in deep-sea mining, allowing a 10-year research period on the viability of mining and the potential impacts on the environment.
You can check out the full length video of Earth.Org ‘s conversation with Martin Skadal below:
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