activism, animal rights, Finland, veganism

Climate March in Helsinki (part 2).

I know this might be a bit obvious to say but… Welcome to the second part of the climate march post! As I mentioned in part 1, we had quite a big demonstration in Helsinki last month. I mean, 8000-10 000 people in one place a lot in the Finnish scale (in our culture we hate being in contact with others plus there’s only approximately 5,5 million of us anyway).

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The Finnish parliament house, again.

Whereas in the last part I focused on giving a more general overview of the vibes, this time I want to give you more detailed glimpses on the emotions and meanings that people wanted to express on that day. So here we go!

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The bicyclists’ block gathering their groups before the start of the demonstration.

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A lady holding the globe in her arms tightly.

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Well, the way things are going really isn’t okay. The climate and ecosystems are rapidly changing everywhere – but are we finally ready to act when it’s already too late and the consequences are overbearingly visible?

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‘You fucking cannot be kidding me’. Vittu (as in ‘fuck’) is an essential part of the Finnish vocabulary and very useful in every kind of phrase we use around here.

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People marching down the Mannerheiminkatu (meaning that thousands of people completely jammed the transport in the middle of the capital city for a decently long time).

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‘Climate action now <3’

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Loving the simple but yet straight-forward message!

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On the far left: ‘System change, not climate change’. In the middle: ‘Off from the fossil fuel’ with the hashtag ‘now we must’. On the right: ‘Known for 40 years, spoken for 30 years – we must act now!’

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A young child with the massive peace sign with the text ‘100% renewable’

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‘I love. That’s why I won’t destroy.’

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An interesting reference to the feminine ‘Mother Earth’ myth/symbolism.

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‘Speeches have been held – time to act’.

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‘Remember Paris’ referring to the infamous Paris Agreement in 2015.

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‘Financial support for the corporates into history; taxation for the pollution (for real!)’.

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Another example of the juxtaposition of femininity/motherhood and planet Earth.

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Since many of the current people in power are practically useless in terms of controlling climate change, I (sadly) believe that the future of a better environment is in the hands of the young people who are taking ecological matters way more seriously than the old farts.

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Demonstrators standing behind better policies for climate and the environment.

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‘Is the current government the biggest safety threat for Finland?! with the hashtags ‘now we must and ‘don’t sleep’. After all, nothing will ever change if people won’t demand the proper action to be done – now.

Yours,

Miah

activism, animal rights, Finland, Volunteering

Climate March in Helsinki.

As I mentioned in my last post yesterday, your favourite blogger is back here with a bunch of new (or old depending on the perspective you’re looking at) material!

The next couple of posts will be all about the big climate march we had in Helsinki last month. The majority of the signs are understandably in Finnish but I’ve tried to come up with as decent translations in English as I am able to. But I’m not a linguist, you know.

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The lead banner saying ‘climate action NOW!’. Notice the girl on the right who is wearing a dress that for me is similar of the native Sami people‘s costume. This is a very important aspect to remember since climate warming will effect more severely the Northern areas.

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On the left: sign that is urging people to ‘demand action from the government’ with the hashtag ‘climate election’. And on the right: ‘0 fighter planes = will cut the army’s CO2 emissions in half’.

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A young boy marching in the crowd with a lady holding a sign with the hashtag ‘now we must’.

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The long line of people who are ‘rising with the seas’; bypassing one corner of the famous department store Stockmann. The overconsumption and materialism in our society is indeed one of the pressing matters in my mind, at least.

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Quite understandably, many NGO’s took part in this demonstration. As you can see from the black skeleton flags, Sea Shepherd Finland was one of them.

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‘The atmosphere is not a landfill’. In the back of the picture you can also see a sign by the World Wide Found For Nature (WWF) demanding for ‘political backbone immediately’.

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You can be plant-based for many reasons, climate and the environment being one of them. Adopting (at least for the most part) vegan diet is surely one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your emissions.

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A view behind the crowd and a map-of-the-world umbrella to the parliament house in Helsinki.

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‘Stop the fossil fuel capitalism’. To me, the message looks like something I could carry with me next time. A sign hanging from the back and holding my camera in the front, how about that?

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The Finnish ecomodernists were promoting nuclear energy as a carbon-free solution to energy production.

The Finnish Nature League (Luonto-Liitto) with their well-known hedgehog symbol in the back.

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Young people taking a stand on the foreign minister Timo Soini’s point of view that climate activism is nonsense and over-reacting that will cause even more harmful ‘hysteria’ than from where it originated from. Sounds like a true Republican, eh?

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On the back: a lady with a sign that says ‘now quit the rambling’ and on the front a painting of a polar bear with the word ‘goodbye’ (‘jäähyväiset’). In the Finnish language the word ‘jää‘ (painted in white on the pic) actually means ‘ice’ – which makes sense in the case of the polar bears as well. They are losing their natural habitat with the loss of the melting ice bergs.

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Another big organisation prevalent in the demonstration was Amnesty International who reminded that climate change is also a matter of human rights.

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Despite of the ecomodernist view, many people were preferring purely renewable energy as a solution to produce energy without adding emissions.

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The sign above is actually in Swedish (which is the second official language in Finland); saying that ‘there’s no planet B’ – one of the most common slogans seen in the demo.

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Two ladies are asking if ‘the government is running away from the responsibility’ of taking care of its citizens. ‘If not now, when?’ is the time for change?

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And last, but definitely not least, one of the cutest members of the crowd!

More pics of the climate march, Porvoo adventures and vegan food in Helsinki coming soon…

Yours,

Miah

activism, alternative, animal rights, Finland, second hand, vintage, veganism, Volunteering

Volunteering at a Multicultural Festival.

Like I hinted in my last post, the last couple of weeks have been busy with all kind of work from assisting at a conference to desperately trying to finish a couple of essays at the university.

I was also working at an annual multi-cultural festival in Helsinki, called the World Village (‘Maailma kylässä’ in Finnish). Hence, the last weekend of May was filled with activism, meeting good people and running around enjoying the festival atmosphere! Check out some of the pics (taken with my phone, unfortunately) below…

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The festival is especially known for all kinds of food stalls offering a wide selection of ‘ethnic’ dishes.
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Another thing is a colourful selection of clothes and jewellery from all over the world!
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I ended up finding this second-hand cotton wrap skirt that I wore for a relatives graduation party the next week.
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The main stage in the back of the area was the key point for all kinds of performances.
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Vegan banana cake and rhubarb pie.

 

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The (exceptionally) hot and sunny weekend was filled with excitement, stress, good food, nice people – and a slight sunburn. The overall experience was exhausting but very pleasing as well. I am looking forward to next time in May 2019!

Yours,

Miah

activism, alternative, animal rights, Finland, veganism, Volunteering

Photographing an Animal Rights March.

Hello guys and sorry for not posting for a while… To be honest, sometimes (academic) life, activism and even paid jobs come between blogging. However, me and my dog are doing great amongst this crazy adventure called life – and new content is on its way, I promise!

Let’s start catching up with this photo post about the worldwide Close Down All Slaughterhouses march I was documenting in Helsinki yesterday. If you’re not really that interested in animal rights, this post also provides you with a glimpse of Helsinki counterculture. Without further due – here’s the best shots from yesterday!

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On the left: “Violence against animals is truly cowardly.”

 

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Leaflet for the event: “Let’s close down all the slaughterhouses. Worldwide march in Helsinki on Saturday June 9th at 12 o’clock.”
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On the left: “You can live without violence against animals. If you want to.”
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On the right: “Close down the slaughterhouses. Speciesism is an unjust ideology.”

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In the middle: “All animals want to live and enjoy life.”
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The march approaching the centre of Helsinki. Behind you can see the Ateneum Art Museum.
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The dress code for the march was red.
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The march approaching the end point. In the background you can see the tower of the National Museum of Finland.
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In the end there were speeches, of course.

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It all comes down to standing up and saying aloud even something that feels impossible at the moment: closing down all the slaughterhouses that still contribute to the systematic and unjustified slaughter of millions of animal individuals each and every day. Compassion, animal rights, veganism – that is the future for the future generations and for the planet.

Please let me know what was the march in your home city or country! Would you like to participate or organize an event like this in the future? All comments and viewpoints will be appreciated. 🙂

Yours,

Miah