A different kind of northern light
Red, orange, yellow, green and blue, colours of the global goals, lit up the Tromsø Bridge, connecting Tromsdalen on the mainland and the island of Tromsøya. The lights were installed as part of the world’s most beautiful night trek, an awareness raising campaign for the Sustainable Development Goals.
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On the evening of Saturday 31 August yet another light emerged from the mountain Fløya, as 7000 persons of all ages hiked up the Sherpa Steps to the mountain plateau and view point by Fjellstua.
Wearing headlights, they lit up the 17 global goals along the path, making a human light chain, reminding the whole city of their commitment to the global goals.
The goals, agreed by the United Nations member states in 2015, are the global work plan to end poverty, fight inequality and halt climate change by 2030.
Norad Director General Jon Lomøy is amazed by the turnout. He praises Tromsø's commitment to the goals in general, and to goal 13 on climate action in particular . Climate change is a global challenge, to be solved in cooperation between countries, cities and citizens.
“We have eleven years to reach the deadline for the global goals. Reaching them will require a collective global effort. Spreading knowledge about the goals is the first step towards taking action,” says Lomøy.
Ten thousand of participants
Since 2016 Norad has organised the world’s most beautiful night trek to several mountains and cities across Norway. More than 60.000 people have joined the night treks with an important message at its core: We are hiking together for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The night trek in Tromsø was organised by Norad in close cooperation with Tromsø Municipality and UIT The Artic University of Norway.