The First Fossil Free Welfare State? Swedish Petro-Dreams, Resistances, and Coastal Transformations

Walkshop organized by the Shadow Places Network
Lysekil 25-27 April 2019

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The Walkshop explored the complex and fragile networks of connection and disassociation upon which the Swedish fossil free transition rests in the Swedish west coast cities of Lysekil and Fiskebäckskil. These cities are privileged places loved for their costal and marine life. As symbols of summer recreation, fresh swims in the North Sea and abundant sea food, they are deeply imbricated in the constitution of Swedish national identity. At the same Lysekil is home to Sweden’s largest oil refinery Preemraf and thus bound up with the fossil-fuelled systems and life-styles that are driving human-induced climate change and its unprecedented disruptions to marine ecosystems.

Walkshop Lysekil

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