Environmental Discussion (HKI)

Events at autumn, 2008

  • Thu Nov 13th at 6 pm (18:00): Environmental taxation in France
    One year ago in October 2007,
    immediately after the election of President Nicolas Sarkozy and at
    the instigation of civil society leaders, a series of meetings
    bringing together ministers, NGOS and syndicates were organised in
    Paris in order to take the needed long term decisions about the
    environment and sustainable development for France. What were the
    concrete results of this unique democratic moment for the country?
    Could this type of forum be the answer for truly starting sustainable
    development economies?
  • Wed Oct 15th at 6 pm (18:00): Wangari Maathai
    In her native Kenya, Wangari Maathai has been
    arrested, beaten unconscious and even called a subversive. In 2004,
    her life changed when she became the first environmental campaigner ?
    and the first African woman ? to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Let’s discuss this sometimes controversial woman who has been planting
    more than 10s of millions of trees,her movement called ”Green Belt”,
    and the central role of women in conservation movements.
    See: Taking Root – website of a movie
    Wikipedia: Wangari Maathai
    PDF report on Maathai

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Spring, 2008:

  • Tue Mar 18th at 5:30 pm: Anita Roddick and her legacy: How private ventures can jumpstart new developments and ideas. The role and importance of women entrepreneurs. Should the Body Shop model be replicated?

    For more info, please visit:

    – Wikipedia: Anita Roddick & The Body Shop

    – Times Online: Dame Anita Roddick

    – Guardian: Rallying call in tribute to Roddick & Body Shop ethics bite back

    Venue: Dodo headquarters (Vironkatu 5)
  • Thu Apr 10th, 4-6 pm: The Anthropocene:

    Have we started a new geological Age? The Earth has left the Holocene and has entered the ANTHROPOCENE. The Anthropocene is a neologism coined by Nobel Prize Winner (Chemistry) Paul Crutzen in 1995 when describing the increasing impact humanity has on the biosphere through human population and economic developement. Is it too late to reverse these effects? What could be done?

    Join us with Professor Hannu Salmi from Heureka to discuss what is happening and what could be done!!

    Venue: Mannerheim Room, New Student House (Mannerheimintie 5A, 5th floor)

    Further reading from Wikipedia: Anthropocene

Autumn, 2006:

  • Jarre Parkatti from Dodo’s urban planning project spoke about ecological

  • M.Sc.Tech. Janne Lehtonen spoke about Peak Oil (twice)

  • We also had discussion on Food and environment

2005 & 2004:

At autumn 2005 we discussed on economy and read several chapters of Jeffrey Sachs’ book THE END OF POVERTY – How we can make it happen in our lifetime. Also, we read the web page Ten Things Debaters Should Know About Economics by Glen Whitman.

In the autumn 2004 our theme was ”Environmental Success Stories”, or ”Positive Progress in Environmental Issues”. Our aim was to see the bright side of things and study those cases which have been succesful – with a critical mind, of course.

Program for spring 2004 | Urban Discussion (2003)