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Crown Prince Haakon opens Oslo’s new Climate House

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has opened a brand new exhibition house on climate and climate change in Oslo. The exhibition house is owned and operated in co-operation between the University of Oslo and Oslo Natural History Museum.

The formal opening was accomplished by the Crown Prince sowing a seed bag in a flower pot. This will later be planted out and become part of the display outside the house. During the opening His Royal Highness was accompanied by Oslo`s mayor, Marianne Borgen, and the Principal of the University in Oslo, Svein Stølen.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon planting a seed. Photo: The Royal Court.

The exhibition house on climate and climate change will serve as a place for learning, especially aimed at young people as well as for pupils from secondary school and high school. The building, which consists of both an amphitheatre and an exhibition section, will provide updated research-based knowledge on climate and climate change. It will look at how the climate situation is today, the difference between natural and man-made climate change and the consequences different scenarios will have for the future.

During the opening on June 16th, Crown Prince Haakon said: “It is the emotions and the experience of being part of something very big and beautiful that drives me. It is the deepest source of my commitment to climate and the environment. And maybe more people like me can now experience this? For although many of us are driven by feelings for nature, it is reason, facts and science that must be the elements when discussing sustainability”.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon at the opening. Photo: The Royal Court.

The exhibition has its own section dealing with how we can act towards climate change. The aim is to inspire children and young people to have a good relationship with their own role in the climate fight. Here they are activated by making proven choices and points of view, before being given the opportunity to make their own climate statement.

The new Climate House is a 650 square meter building located in the Botanical Gardens at Tøyen in Oslo. The building was supposed to open earlier this spring, but the opening was postponed due to the corona pandemic. This fall, the building is ready to accommodate school visits.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.