An Earth Charter-based exhibition titled Earth our Home was organized in Jyväskylä, Finland between July 16th and August 14th, 2012. About 50 people endorsed the Earth Charter during the exhibition. The opening featured three honored guest speakers from different sectors of the society. The first speech was given by Henna Virkkunen, the Minister of Public Administration and Local Government of Finland. She talked about sustainable development in the global and local contexts. The second speech was delivered by Riikka Kinnunen commissioner from Lassila & Tikanoja, one of the leading companies in the field of waste management in Finland. Kinnunen focused on the importance of recycling. The third speaker was Ritva Lukkarinen from JAPA, which is a local organization for sustainable development. She talked about alternatives to the current economic system.
The general atmosphere at the exhibition was positive and the feedback received from the visitors was supportive. One of the group discussions focused on how the Earth Charter can be used in our every day life. The guided group was very open for discussion and they had many real life examples concerning the Earth Charter.
It was a pleasure to share the ideas of the Earth Charter in Jyväskylä!
Guides: Anna, Elina & Heli