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Sustainability initiatives[edit]

  • Dodo, environmental organisation which aims to approach environmental issues in an open-minded way, trying to find new perspectives, relying on the power of factual discussion. Public events, discussion groups and projects.
  • Siirtymäliike Hämeenkyrö, Transition town

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Climate action[edit]

wikipedia:Climate change in Finland

Community energy[edit]

Finland's Renewable Energy

Wikipedia: Renewable energy in Finland, Finland National Renewable Energy Action Plan, Solar energy in Finland

Community involvement[edit]

Yhteismaa (Common Ground), a Finnish non-profit dedicated to participatory city culture and placemaking

Cycling activism[edit]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in Finland

Ethical consumerism[edit]

Buy Nothing Day

Food activism[edit]

Restaurant Day[edit]

In big cities, people of many different cultures live in close proximity. However, there often aren't enough chances for them to intermingle and experience the diverse traditions within their city. In an effort to bring people together and foster cross cultural interaction, local organizers in Helsinki, Finland, created "Ravintolapäivä," or Restaurant Day. Initiated in 2011, it began as a food carnival where anyone with a passion for food was encouraged to run a "restaurant" in their private home or in public spaces for a single day. Even though the pop-up restaurants charge money for the meals, the emphasis is not on profit, but rather on community teamwork and cultural exchange. During the event, Helsinki is transformed by hundreds of these informal restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines in this city-wide street festival. The event is put on through distributed organization — individual volunteer restaurateurs are responsible for finding a location, managing the menu and invitations, and setting the meal prices. Now, Restaurant Day has become a global movement, with over 27,000 pop-up restaurants having served over 3 million community members across 75 countries. —Khushboo Balwani [1]

Other links[edit]

Cottages and Allotments, City of Helsinki

Open spaces[edit]

Green Hearts, Park Walks in Helsinki

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

Train schedules: VR.fi EN

Bus timetables and routes in Helsinki region: HSL.fi EN

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

The federal government of Finland is currently (Oct 2017) conducting an experiment of the effects of a basic income on unemployed citizens, which began in January 2017 and will conclude in December 2018. [2]

Basic Income Experiment 2017–2018

wikipedia:Cleantech Finland

News and comment[edit]


May 5 The full impact of Finland’s UBI experiment is in - improving wellbeing, cognitive confidence, and a sense of personal control [3]

My country’s ambitious plan to be carbon-neutral in 15 years [4]


Dec 19 Finnish Prime Minister Marin calls for a 4-day-week and 6-hour-day for her country [5]

Jun 24 Lahti becomes the European Green Capital in 2021 [6]

Feb 8 Finland's result on its UBI experiment: people don't shirk work. And it increases trust, health & wellbeing [7]

Jan 31 The city with no homeless on its streets [8]


Finland: Where second-hand comes first, Nov 8 [9]

Helsinki unveils plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035, Mar 21 [10]

Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers? Feb 12 [11]


Nov 1 A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work, Aditya Chakrabortty [12]

How one city plans to steer residents away from driving, Sep 26 [13]


Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless. Dec 17 [14]

Helsinki Treats New Bike-Share as Another Form of Public Transit, May 27 [15]


Finland is considering giving every citizen a basic income, December 5 [16]

The Sharing Economy is Booming in Helsinki: Here's Why, October 22 [17]

Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky Turns Busy Street into Community Table, September 14 [18]

Helsinki Volunteers Reinvent the Public Sauna, September 4 [19]

Why Helsinki – a mix of Detroit and Geneva – is one of the most exciting cities in the world, Aug 10 [20]

Finnish parliament approves new climate bill that commits to 80% emissions reductions by 2050, March 6. [21]

Mobility survey reveals three-quarters of Helsinki journeys are sustainable, January 7 [22]


Finland Sets New Goal For Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, June 11 [23]


"Finland is about to start using crowdsourcing to create new laws", September 20 [24]


Regular events

Restaurant Day 2015, Visit Helsinki, approximately once every three months


Apps for sustainability[edit]

Täsä, city of Turku. Mobile app, which helps capture citizens' ideas regarding urban development sites.

Citizens data initiative[edit]

Urban Facts, open data at the City of Helsinki.

Community resources[edit]

Sompasauna, wood burning self-service public sauna in Helsinki built and maintained by a group of volunteers.


Helsinki Region Transport - Vehicles, bus and tram (English)

Google Maps Location


wikipedia:Finnish Environment Institute

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Finland, Environmental issues in Finland

External links[edit]


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