Nearly 70 per cent of Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated by households so residents play key role in a cities’ climate goals
Helsinki metropolitan area mayors are encouraging citizens to play their part in tackling climate change as part of a climate training campaign.
The mayors of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen are urging the residents of the Helsinki metropolitan area to make climate-friendly choices in their everyday lives.
Mayors Jan Vapaavuori, Jukka Mäkelä, Ritva Viljanen and Christoffer Masar appear on climate training videos and encourage people to join, speaking about their own ways to do climate training.
Climateinfo, produced by Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, has developed a climate training online service that anyone can join free-of-charge.
Nearly 70 per cent of Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated by households, and therefore residents play key roles in the efforts by cities to achieve their climate goals.
“Climate change is now a household term, and an increasing number of people want to make climate-friendly choices in their lives. However, many people don’t know what they should do and what kind of everyday choices really matter,” says Mira Soini-Nordström, the project manager of HSY’s Climateinfo.
“That’s why we have compiled in climate training those acts that have an impact. Many of them are also quite easy to do. They are suitable both for beginners and for those who have advanced in their climate action.”
Helsinki metropolitan residents, housing companies and small-to-medium enterprises are encouraged to act on climate change by saving energy, by using renewable energy, with food and in consumption.
“Climate change is now a household term, and an increasing number of people want to make climate-friendly choices in their lives”
Climate training steers participants to make better everyday choices in their living, mobility, food and consumption with the help of personal trainers. The message is that “what’s good for the climate is often good for you”: increased daily activity to replace driving, eating less meat, sleeping in cooler rooms and ecological relaxing all advance health and wellbeing.
Climate training is meant for all those interested in leading more climate-friendly lives. The training programmes take four weeks each and comprise a weekly letter, training videos, weekly tasks, a closed Facebook group and live chats.
Climateinfo was established in 2010 to turn the climate strategies of the Helsinki metropolitan cities into action and its operations are financed by the Cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.
The videos in which the mayors encourage residents to join climate training are in Finnish and can be found on the Climateinfo Youtube channel.
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