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Östersund 2030 - a good life within the limits of the planet

Film from Östersund, produced for European Viable Cities Day! In the film, Niklar Daoson (S), member of the municipal executive board Chairman, and Caroline Hildahl, process manager for Climate Neutral Östersund 2030, talk about what a good life within the limits of the planet means for Östersund and how the municipality worked during the year to achieve climate neutrality, with examples from the construction sector and solutions that exist there.

Living in Kristianstad 2030

To describe the future, the Vision Journey methodology combines robust research on behavioral psychology with new findings on sustainable lifestyles and ancient knowledge on how to structure stories to engage audiences. The method consists of a number of processes that are based on cities' climate targets and result in a story about what it is like to live climate-neutrally for one day in that city. The aim is for politicians and officials to understand that it is entirely possible to combine a high quality of life with low emissions even today, and for them to realize that their role is to make it easier for more people to live sustainably in different ways. Kristianstad has developed a vision journey about what it is like to live in a climate-neutral Kristianstad in 2030.

Storytelling to save the planet

Storytelling has become a popular tool for sustainability transformations, leading to a rise in self-identified storytellers. As it is fast-spreading and has explicit change purposes, it is important to clarify assumptions about knowledge, power and change. This article analyses how storytellers describe their work, exposing the varied assumptions about knowledge and power underlying different approaches to storytelling for sustainability. The findings raise critical questions to assess the legitimacy of these applications.