Steinar Lem

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Steinar Henning Lem (9 May 1951 – 28 April 2009) was a Norwegian environmental activist, author and spokesperson for Fremtiden i våre hender (Future In Our Hands), Norway's largest movement for comprehensive social change. He criticized the consumption-oriented society and focus on economic growth,[1] and the difference in income between the rich and poor part of the world.[2] He also supported better preservation of predators in Norway, like the wolf.[3] Lem died aged 57 from pancreatic cancer at Aker University Hospital in Oslo, two months after it was diagnosed. He is survived by his wife and two six-year-old daughters.[4][5]


Lem joined The Future In Our Hands during the 1970s. He fronted the organization demanding higher fuel prices, higher taxation and increased aid to developing countries.[6] In 1994, he was a strong opponent in the European Union membership referendum.[4] During the 2000s, he stated that he had become in favor of Norwegian membership, since he felt the EU was better at solving environmental issues than Norwegian authorities.[7] He has also criticized the Norwegian authorities' immigration policy. In the last few weeks of his life, he stated that he would like more public debate about death.[5]


Lem was educated at the University of Oslo with a master's degree in literature. He was awarded Tarjei Vesaas' debutantpris for his first book, Signaler, in 1973.[8]


  • Signaler – compilation (1973)
  • Utenfor bymuren – short stories (1975)
  • Motlys – novel (1977)
  • Grenseovergang – novel (1979)
  • Bjørneboes menneskesyn i Frihetens øyeblikk – thesis (1981)
  • Den tause krigen (1994)
  • Det lille livet (2005)


  1. ^ Steinar Lem (7 September 2004). "Evig forburksvekst?". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Steinar Lem (21 November 1999). "Antirasisme i svart og hvitt?". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Steinar Lem (17 October 2001). "Mer om ulv og sterke følelser". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on June 27, 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Steinar Lem er død". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Kathrine Hammerstad and Gjermund Glesnesa (29 April 2009). "Steinar Lem er død". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Steinar Lem (22 June 2002). "Øk skattetrykket!". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  7. ^ Hilde Aga Brun (26 August 2005). "Dyrene trenger EU". Klassekampen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  8. ^ The Future In Our Hands (29 April 2009). "Vi har mistet vår kjære kollega" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009.