Iceland’s New Environmentalist?PM?Wants?To?Be?’World?Leader’?In?Beating?Climate?Change


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Jakobsdóttir wants to make Iceland carbon neutral by 2040 (Photo: Johannes Jansson) - Media Credit:

Iceland has elected a new prime minister – and she reportedly wants to make the country a ‘world leader’ when it comes to climate change.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, 41, is the chair of Iceland’s Left-Green movement – which focuses on issues of democratic socialistism and feminism – as well as the environment.

The PM, who has been described as ‘the most trusted’ politician in the country, will lead a three-party coalition with the centre-right Independence and Progressive parties.

Climate change

Jakobsdóttir wants to make Iceland entirely carbon neutral by 2040, and has said she will ‘go farther than the Paris Accord’ in order to fight climate change.

While the three parties she is leading in the coalition hold different perspectives, Jakobsdóttir has highlighted how important it is that they cooperate to meet these goals.

Announcing the new model she said: “It is important that we try to change the way we work together.

“This agreement strikes a new chord.”


Jakobsdóttir does not appear to have spoken out about veganism and the environment before.

However, the Left-Green movement came in for some controversy last year over promotional videos made by Artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

One of the adverts (above) shows Kjartansson standing at a barbecue.

Media translated him as saying that Left-Green people ‘barbecue Bulsur at night’ – a local type of vegan hot dog.


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