REDLISTED is a project about Norway’s future. We have inherited so much from those who came before. We live lives that our grandparents could never have imagined. We have money; we have health; we have a world at our feet.
But what are we at risk of losing in this relentless push towards progress? What about kindness? Openness? Our democratic values? What about our wilderness areas? What about the people being left behind?
This is our own red list: the resources, values and traditions we feel obliged to preserve, so we can pass on the best of ourselves to future generations. It’s not a nationalistic project; it’s a project about what makes us a nation.
The lifeblood of Norwegian society is our values: they’re instilled in us from childhood and stay with us for life. But shifts in the way we live are changing the very values we take for granted. Children’s rights, family values, cultural tolerance, respect for the elderly, the marginalised, and the golden rule of doing to others as you would have them do to you — these most fundamental Norwegian values are in jeopardy. How can we keep what we need, and remain true to our core beliefs?
Our country is in a state of flux. For generations we have exploited our natural resources, but those resources are changing, and our values too. Our economic progress has been explosive, but that has an impact on our ecosystems, and puts traditional trades under threat. Will we still be whaling in a generation’s time? Will we have exterminated the wolf? Will light pollution and cities of cabins destroy our last wilderness areas?
Culture brings us together and makes a strong platform for art and creativity. Our traditions and our creative crafts make us who we are. And it’s under so much pressure from globalisation. Who are we if we allow market forces to eradicate our architecture, our folk music, our sagas and our fairytales?
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