Emma Bergeling helped spread an initiative to make companies start labeling the carbon footprint of their goods.
Now she’s been awarded ”Best climate love of the year” — and receives 1000 US Dollars in prize money.
Emma Bergeling studies Economics: Sustainable Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. In late April last year, she sat on the train from Stockholm to Uppsala when an advert caught her attention.
The Swedish oat drink company Oatley had started typing out the climate impact of their products and were calling out to the rest of the food industry to do the same.
”Wow, that´s a good thing”, Emma thought. ”It would really make it easy for consumers to compare different brands.”
She wanted to share this with others and thought that the WeDontHaveTime app was a good platform for doing so. So she created a climate review and gave Oatly Climate Love for their initiative.
How has the response been?
”It’s been very good, and it has come from many different countries. Many have commented on it and shared it, even Oatley did.”
Describe your thoughts when you received the grant.
”I was shocked. I was on the train again, actually the same train as when I shared my climate idea. I got a message from Adam at We Don't Have, saying that I might want to check out the Exponential Climate Action Summit broadcast. I saw the announcement live, and I started laughing to myself. It really felt awesome to receive that kind of feedback.”
How are you gonna use the prize money?
”I am a student and I work voluntarily with climate issues, so it’s a welcome addition to a tiny budget.”
What else do you do in terms of climate action?
”My biggest climate action so far has been my engagement in Climate Students Sweden, which I co-founded. We quickly become a fairly big actor and an important voice in the climate debate, and that felt extremely empowering.”
Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO and founder of We Don’t Have Time, was a member of the jury who awarded Emma Bergeling’s climate action campaign.
”One year after Oatly started climate labeling it’s products, a lot of other business has followed. The multinational giant Unilever, with billions of customers globally, has now promised to do the same. So this is a huge climate impact. Of course this is not just because of Emma Bergeling, but she has helped this solution to be shared and spread all over the world”, he says.
About the grants.
The users of the We Don’t Have Time app have shared thousands of climate ideas and reviews with people from all over the world. To boost even more engagement The We Don’t Have Time Foundation has instituted a grant for the best idea and climate review. The foundation is the majority shareholder in the limited company (WeDontHaveTime AB), which operates the social network with the same name.