I am Björn, a 20-year old changemaker working for a better, more sustainable world. I live and study in Gothenburg, but am always on the run, harnessing the sun. I represent Swedish Youth in the United Nations and also lecture about sustainable development in schools and companies, working to make the planet great again. Revealing my inner secrets at @bjornfonden.
Björn Fondénwas @sweden 2017-06-12 to 2017-06-19
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There are so many more things I would like to discuss with y'all;
That’s why I participated in the first UN Oceans Conference last week in New York, hosted by Sweden & Fiji in order… https://t.co/iYxNJGlbnE
This unfortunately means that I'll have to finish the rant when I (hopefully) land (1h20min)
Melting ice sheets and sea level rise are already affecting thousands, and are direct threats to millions of people's livelihoods.
This affects all wildlife, not in the least coral reefs. 20% of world's reefs have already been destroyed, and 60%… https://t.co/5yNFaWfqYX
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the increased amount of CO2 in the atmosphere have made the oceans more and more acidified
As a result of overfishing, more than 80% of the world’s fish stocks are now fully exploited or overexploited. https://t.co/OtbxJhqZcT
51 TRILLION microplastic particles (500 times more than the stars in our galaxy) litter our oceans, seriously threa… https://t.co/dbxr8L4AUR
Each year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic ever… https://t.co/gDaLeJQ22x
Overfishing, acidification, eutrophication, pollution, litter and climate change are all acute threats to our oceans. The trend is negative.
But our oceans are in danger.
They give us the food we eat, act as a climate regulator & provide energy, fishing & tourism opportunities that is… https://t.co/T795AQLA7r
They cover 2/3 of the Earth’s surface, and contain millions of species. They produce the oxygen we breath, and absorb the carbon we release.
Every second breath you take comes straight from the oceans.
Because oceans & water is the fundament of life.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
I would like to end this week with a rant on something incredibly important; the state of our oceans. https://t.co/xIOvVLjVmI
Big congratulations to all of you 35 908 🐻🐻🐻 out there in Sweden! I hope you've had a great day! https://t.co/OfBn4OnTVy
Alright, just looked it up and seems like it's actually quite a widespread phenomenon https://t.co/WZ78z9GCm9
BTW do you also have name-days in your countries? Not sure if it's kind of a Swedish thing?
omg just realized that today is the Björn-day!
Gothenburg just approved building of its first skyscaper, 240 meter tall Karlatornet. Will become the tallest build… https://t.co/xrNIoZFyIs
4. Boring conferences & presentations
Most of my tweets are sent from: 1. My bed 2. The toilet 3. Public transportation
@findayush Actually, I was in Darjeeling, Kolkata & Bangladesh, but never to Assam or more east unfortunately
This week marks two years since I graduated and also since I wore a suit for the first time! https://t.co/Ep8VGKPxT4
Whenever I feel down, I just look at this and it makes me happy again https://t.co/Rq3jcxezE8
Then maybe, just maybe, could we start really making a difference
If only we could understand the interconnectedness, the interdependency of all; Swedes, Americans, Kiwis, young, old, future generations
Because we constantly communicate, but we never connect. And we know so much, still we just neglect.
And to me, the solution is very simple. It lies in Compassion & Connection.
But while important to discuss the problems, it's even more important to discuss the solutions
Racism, sexism, growing inequalities, environmental destruction, wars and displacement all threatens the very basics of our own livelihoods
Because there's so much wrong with the world today.
I spent a lot of time just thinking about existential questions and how to really make a difference in the world
Last year, I was actually in India and took a meditation course. No talking & almost no eating for ten days.… https://t.co/GsORbpcrfc
@naginisurvivor Haha I still think of "likes" (hearts) as favorites (stars) though. Twitter has become so much more difficult! 😂
@tskarhed This is a very important point. Thank you for raising this. I think that I am still not really sure on which level I belong.
as someone who is constantly working, traveling, being in meetings - I can't help but wondering how much of a difference I can actually make
For me, its a constantly recurring feeling
"Home" to a weird hostel in Berlin
Actually, I'm not drunk I'm just on my way home from a fourteen hour work meeting lol gets you thinking https://t.co/6MeSbaeqD9
Who you are. What you do. Why you do it.
You ever have that feeling sometimes when you just doubt everything?
4. Housing. Rising prices and not enough new constructions have created a housing crisis, leaving thousands behind… https://t.co/csu5xrAv4n
While in many ways strengthening the economy, there are also a lot of concerns regarding culture diff, jobs, schools, healthcare & housing.
3. Migration and integration. Strong immigration in recent years has created both opportunities & challenges for Sw… https://t.co/kJE5ynQu8V
In 2040, nearly one in four Swedes will be 65 years or older, putting pressure on healthcare and pension systems.
2. Ageing population. Life expectancy in Swe is among the highest in the world: 82.4 years, & the proportion of el… https://t.co/0l0TV0V0hM
But all that glitters is not gold. So now, let's talk about some of the challenges Sweden is facing.
In the SDG Index report, Sweden was actually ranked as #1 globally among 149 countries in terms of achieving the… https://t.co/bjnYKyltW4
So, as you might probably have guessed, Sweden had a very good starting point working with the #globalgoals.
The Swedish report were released only days ago, and it's actually a very interesting read - highlighting both our strengths & weaknesses!
At the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, meeting on the review of the 2030 Agenda. Advocating for more i… https://t.co/CIhH58KxFK
Today, the Swedish parliament passed a historic new climate law; Sweden to become carbon neutral by 2045!… https://t.co/C9iqDdy7qD
Just bought this German carrot juice. Can unfortunately_not_ recommend. https://t.co/E2u98wcT8i
RT @sweden: Good evening fellow tweeters! How many of you know about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
For me, it's especially good because I'm actually leaving for Berlin in about an hour! https://t.co/ZDCBS7Sq5w
Now I'm going to sleep, but would be really happy to get your feedback on all this, and what you think we should do to reach the #SDGs! <3
@jimnoakes Oh, that's really interesting. Of course. Which ones have you identified as priorities in your work?
We still have a long way to go, and we all have to work together as a TEAM (yes, that includes YOU!) to achieve the… https://t.co/Kwbf1ItRN9
All these goals and the 169 subtargets (https://t.co/ThLB3wfjbD) are supposed to be achieved by the year of 2030, in just 13 years time.
@ItsJohannaaaa No, but of course countries will make their own priorities on what they think is most important to focus on :)
This time, the goals includes a more holistic approach to sustainability and focuses on all countries, not only those in the global south.
So in 2015, all the 193 member states of the UN together agreed upon a completely new set of goals, the seventeen S… https://t.co/86FiA9AYLA
Still, many of the MDG's were not achieved, and the strong focus on economic development was at the cost of environment.
More children than ever got access to school, maternal mortality ratio fell by 45% '90 & global life expectancy inc… https://t.co/uKABFDZFjr
Poverty rates dropped by more than half. More than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1… https://t.co/T2YnFO19OP
@AdrianHolm_ Thank you! Will probably do a whole rant about only climate in the coming days. Too important to ignore.
@BoodreauxWilson Wow, that's really interesting. I am happy to hear! Really important to incorporate more sustainability in that sector.
It was a set of 8 goals, supposed to be achieved by the year of 2015, focusing mostly on poverty eradication in dev… https://t.co/ZE3izuMWwL
So let me give you a background; Back in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by the United Nations.
Interesting, but I guess even more of you have heard of the Millennium Development Goals, right?
@SebKrantz That's a totally legit answer, even though it's not represented in the poll. You'll have to decide on your own what to answer!
Good evening fellow tweeters! How many of you know about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
@mattias_neo Wow, that's interesting. Didn't know about this. Have we signed an agreement? I have some candidates I would like to nominate.
What's even cooler though is how giraffes carry their young. Just look at this. Amazing, huh? https://t.co/QePKwlC7vU
Dalai Lama giving you some words of wisdom for the day! Now go out there and make a difference. https://t.co/iEQRBpi4kE
Going to sleep now, but am looking forward to hear from you all again tomorrow morning. See you later darlings! https://t.co/C6UftsmcNO
And that's about it! I hope I've answered most of your questions now, but if not, feel free to comment and I'll be… https://t.co/3lx5k2Ew8P
Then I also have my amazing partner in crime @hannabergmans, who is the Swedish YD to the 72nd session of the General Assembly in September.
(actually, my _formal_ title is "Swedish Youth Delegate to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustain… https://t.co/hyXsMym6MI
I focus on the work with #Agenda2030 and will go to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July.
thousands of young Swedes in the UN, and especially those organised through @LSU_se, the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations.
the country in different meetings. Being a Youth Delegate, we also have a special mission to facilitate and raise the voices of ->
Well, for us it’s actually quite a multifaceted role! Being an official part of the Swedish Delegation means that we’ll be representing ->
During this spring, we've met almost 8 000 young Swedish students, talking about how we can shape a better future,… https://t.co/4Pq96bV1kL
I've also had the opportunity to actually be the one speaking for #we_change, the initiative that got me started in the first place.
So, that's it. Since then I've been working almost full time (not for profit) in this role, trying to combine it wi… https://t.co/OpmCBiT1qq
Nature & Youth Sweden nominated me as their candidate for the position, and after a difficult selection process, the board of ->
That's why, when I heard about the role as a Youth Delegate to the UN on Sustainable Development, I decided to apply.
But I wanted to do more. It felt like I had the responsibility to. And I still feel that.
It was an amazing experience to meet activists from all over the world, and advocate for higher ambitions in the cl… https://t.co/hMqmCjkU0F
In December 2015, I got the opportunity to go to Paris and the United Nations Climate Change Conference together with Nature & Youth Sweden.
By the time I graduated, I was sure about what to do. I started studying environmental science and joined another organisation working on SD
A part of a global movement, working for environmental justice and a better, more sustainable world.
We began at a very small level, advocating for more recycling bins, but after a while, we understood that we were a part of something larger
So I decided to take action. Together with some friends from school, I started up a small environmental organisation.
3. And how come, that we all know about climate change and the serious implications of GW, yet no one really does anything about it?
>while there are still about 700 million living in extreme poverty, and 800 million people in the world chronically undernourished.
2. Why is it that, only because I was born here, I have access to both free healthcare & education, with all the possibilities in the world>
1. Why do we treat each other so badly - even though we are all just humans with the same basic needs?
Why do we treat each other so badly - even though we are all just humans with the same basic needs?
That got me thinking about some important questions;
They spoke about global issues, and how we all both had a possibility & responsibility to actually do something about the state of the world
we_change, the largest sustainability project aimed towards young people in Sweden, visited my school and delivered… https://t.co/IcL1UI5mTk
Until one day.
I wasn’t engaged at all in any sustainability issues. I knew about the problems, but didn’t really do anything about them.
@Marjact Hi Marja! Nice to hear from you! You will definitely hear a lot about Sweden this week!
@SomeGuyAnon Sorry but what do you mean? In what way is eating less meat connected to my sexual preferences?
Her royal highness, the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, entering the room together with Deputy Prime Minister… https://t.co/zKCTG2jYLc
Shaving always make me feel like I'm going back in time.
Going to sleep now though, thank you all for an amazing day. Looking forward to see hear from you again tomorrow mo… https://t.co/mttkqh9ZEN
@Lillbjorne I actually eat mostly vegan, but am a big fan of mixed diets since I don't want to restrict myself too much!
@ShafftyBro Alright, cool. Just make sure to think twice about your future children or friends before you do.
Even if just 1/4 of the food currently wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 MILLION hungr… https://t.co/B8SfmoxfYB
We also need to stop throwing away as much food as we do today. Roughly one third of the food produced in the worl… https://t.co/SaZ6ZZ6kxF
Just by eating a little bit less meat - you can reduce your carbon footprint immensely - and leave a better planet… https://t.co/aLuOQ1hZQd
According to different studies - food stands for up to 15-45% of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. https://t.co/IXd1ZrL10G
Changing our food habits is one of the most important things we can do in order to save our planet (and ourselves). https://t.co/tIzgXx5cqB
RT @fadeclerck: We have 13 years to fix climate, halt biodiversity loss, stop oceanic fisheries collapse. J. Rockström no time to waste #fo…
@ben_turner Well, I believe you can find vegetarian deliciousness as well, you just have to step out of your comfort zone and try it
@relexxlex Relax, relexx. You don't have to worry about your protein intake. How much do you eat today?
@Britt_W Oh, yeah then my sister might know him, she is in the last year of global studies ATM :)
@Araneatrox Wow. That's impressive, I must say. Though I think you kind of misunderstood the concept of "meatfree"
Eating less meat is good for both the environment, your body and your wallet. It's actually awesome. No downsides. https://t.co/E4mIsjV09f
@SqueakySwede Sorry lol, you should be reading my tweets before I post them to make sure I don't misspell. I'll give you 5 € a day
This is probably the most stupid thing I've done in a very long time. https://t.co/IqLZwraPkW
I don't. It's raining, I am hungry & my phone is running out of battery. But since I get to live in his apartment for free, I kinda have to
He is sometimes a bit crazy, but I like him anyways. Today he is packing a bag full of books and wants me to join h… https://t.co/MsJEKmNFHQ
@KyaMHill I love crown princess Victoria! She is great! I don't really love the structural aspects of monarchy though.
Sorry but the storytime have to wait. My friend (which I live with in Stockholm) just forced me to follow him out i… https://t.co/sHGWeZq1Sg
So, it all kind of started during gymnasiet (upper secondary school). I studied natural science and in my spare time I did acting.
So, many of you have been asking me about my role as a Youth Delegate to the UN. Let me explain and give you a back… https://t.co/OcDiGPM3ir
Wow, "pure evil" - that's a first! I should probably join hands with Donald Trump then. https://t.co/CLNcchmVVI
Finally arrived in Stockholm, more than one hour late... Now I have to run to a meeting at the Ministry of Finance.… https://t.co/6dtXyto8wn
... "We are experiencing some technical difficulties and will need to stop the train. We will try to solve the prob… https://t.co/qvd9iyjlPJ
@yaadayaada Honestly, I don't know if I'll ever be able to harvest it. And it will most probably not grow back if I do.
@MounirLynch Unfortunately, midsommar is next week so you'll have to wait for the next curator to deal with that!
@Travelpen Yep. But this is a 19m2 student apartment with shared kitchen - so not really comparable I think :)
@dark_swan Hi! Nice to hear from you. Actually, one of my favorite holidays is Valborg! It's a great celebration of spring etc.
You get used to it. But when I was little, I was actually bullied because of my name (and because I was quite diffe… https://t.co/Ekc2NOfo90
Actually I'm not very fond of them. Fun fact though; my name is Björn and my father's name is Benny (which actually… https://t.co/vBab10qMov
@Alfray_Stryke The metro is great! Big difference between the regular trains and metro though.
@aidan_kills Well, nothing super special I guess - but I enjoy graphic design and am also a former actor.
@HairWeave Nice to hear from you! I'll definitely try to discuss thrash and waste management systems!
@JamesFluker I think I'll do to. I like Lidköping and might move back when I'm older, but right now I have no intention to!
I actually went backpacking solo in India for two months last summer. The trains were my best friend! https://t.co/IYVyK6QZLa
Unfortunately though, they are almost always late. Kind of expensive too. The WiFI never really works either. But whatever ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I love trains. Trains are awesome. They are fast, comfortable, environmentally friendly, gives you a nice view and… https://t.co/s7K2LzbRHX
A small town called Lidköping. There's really nothing to do there, which is the reason for me moving to GBG as soon… https://t.co/osX0o8SfYK
It just has a resting bitch face. It is actually a super-happy pineapple! https://t.co/H7WsCLjZ1j
@IntoRainbowz Yes, I have a private bathroom and shower - but I share kitchen with seven other international students.
@jewzeus Yes, it's for a room with shared kitchen. Also, it's student housing so not privately owned.
You'll probably notice during this week that I'm almost always on the run. Today, I'm taking the train to Stockholm! https://t.co/z4u1DAj6Ks
I know. I just came home from a week in New York. Sorry for the mess btw, just wanted to show you how I live :) https://t.co/1R0kVni5xF
@nicolevonvon Haha unfortunately I didn't have the time. Just came home from New York, and now on my way to Stockholm!
I share kitchen with seven other international students, but I'm almost never here. That's why I need this sign to… https://t.co/upd1D4Q7kO
This is where I live. A small room of 19 sq meters in the city of Gothenburg. https://t.co/RjVseKWhlA
Today for example, I'm really tired and jetlagged, since I just got home from New York yesterday morning https://t.co/Jy1FPTVMhv
Most of all though, I'm just another human being - just like you, and that will probably shine through during the week
Though actually, I don't really have time for studies :)
I am studying Environmental Science and Business Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the Univ… https://t.co/bgqzTuZQvN
@diverdutch Haha, nice to hear from you John - we'll have to see about that, but I'll try to make it interesting!
@GuillemTosca Didn't have space haha, but thank you. Will probably be a lot of misspellings during this week. I hope you'll cope with it!
But first, I would like to get to know you better. Who are you? Where are you from? What would you like to hear abo… https://t.co/leUbOTKFPh
I am looking forward to tell you everything about me & my life, and to discuss how we can create a better, more sus… https://t.co/4lSzzkosZn