Dagens Nyheter has published an article about Victoria's work for sustainability and about the project she is working on to change the global fishing industry. Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall for now, but Expressen and Svensk Damtidning have shared a few quotes and photos from the article that I'm posting here.https://www.dn.se/nyheter...-inte-ducka-for-klimatet/https://www.svenskdam.se/...-pannkakor-hela-morgonen/
- It's not easy. Everybody flies here and there to all these international meetings, is that really good? I always try to ensure that what I'm doing is sensible and are productive meetings that will lead to something. Meetings should not only be nice, they should also be concrete and relevant. Whenever possible, I try to take the train or meet in another place in order to minimize travel.
She also explains that the family discusses the climate issue a lot, both in terms of private and public travel. And they also talk a lot about food, about eating more vegetarian, as part of the environmental struggle. She says that she has changed her eating habits in recent years, that it is now natural for her to eat vegetarian. The Crown Princess also says that she has anything but high thoughts about herself in the kitchen.- No, I really do not. Not many people do!
When you, as a journalist, see the Crown Princess at all these meetings, she always seems to be confident. But during the interview in DN we are told that she is looking for advice from friends such as Crown Prince Haakon who has worked more internationally than she has done. And when she was asked to become an ambassador to the UN's global sustainable development goals, her self-confidence took a hit.- I thought: Why me? I certainly have a commitment and feel that the questions are important. But still? What have I done, what can I possibly do? Isn't there someone else who is better suited for this than me?
But Victoria realized that this could give her a new platform to stand on in her struggle for a better environment on our planet. And with this platform we have got a Swedish climate fighter that is respected and popular. Knowledgeable and well-prepared. She brings the climate on the agenda at a time when the climate easily ends up in the shadow of something else and the existence of climate change is even questioned.- You can see fishing issues as political if you want to. You can see them as sensitive questions. But it's so infinitely much bigger. In my eyes, it is one of the most important questions. Here we face a collapse of ecosystems. We must be able to work in one and the same direction. We must ensure that the world's population has food in the future and we will not manage nine or ten billion inhabitants if we don't care for the seas and don't grow fish and shrimp. Agriculture is as wide as possible. Now with increased drought and harder weather it is tougher.https://www.dn.se/webb-tv...-en-kollaps-av-ekosystem/
- I understand very clearly my role and what issues I should not get involved in. I know where my playing field is, and stay there. But I can not hold on and worry about what may happen.
When did the Crown Princess see the seriousness of the situation in the seas?
- I believe that it was when I became more and more engaged in the Baltic Sea. And became more frightened and worried about how bad it was with the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea has been romanticized throughout my life. That's where you swam in the summer, that's where the summer holiday is.https://www.expressen.se/...de-upptackten-pa-estelle/
Crown Princess Victoria shares several personal experiences concerning her environmental commitment in the interview with Dagens Nyheter. Among other things, she tells of a visit to the Mediterranean sea with her family two years ago. Estelle stayed in the water for a long time and when the little princess left the water, Victoria made an unpleasant discovery.
- "I started wiping the sand off of her. But it was quite difficult. Those small grains of sand, they did not want to leave her. And then it struck me: "Wait a second, this is beach of rocks that we're sitting on." There were no grains of sand. They were not brown and gray like sand usually look like. They were blue, pale yellow and even red.
Estelle was not covered in sand, but microplastics. Victoria had never seen it with her own eyes, but on the other hand, she was aware of the phenomenon. To see it for the first time when it also concerned her eldest child deeply impressed the Crown Princess, and she describes how she changed her attitude accordingly.- It was an aha experience. Well, this is what everyone has talked about. But then it became a great worry and a feeling of unease. I didn't want to eat more fish and I didn't want her to bathe there anymore. But what can you do relly?