A Finnish environmental NGO working in urban environments - example of Dodo (2013)


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    1. 1. A Finnish environmental NGO working in urban environments – example of Dodo Titta Lassila August 19, 2013 Helsinki Summer School Ecology and management of urban green space
    2. 2. Why an urban NGO? • Majority of people live in cities; 50-50 situation was reached in 2008 – Finland 30 % in 1950  70 % in 2030 • Cities are getting bigger; in 1975 3 megacities of 10 million or more inhabitants, by 2025 there will be 27 (21 in the developing world) • Urban people are increasingly detached from the natural environment and the sources of food, energy, raw materials,…or are they? • Cities are not ecological bubbles! http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2009/aug/18/percentage-population-living-cities
    3. 3. “ City dwellers have smaller carbon footprints, study finds Greater use of public transport and denser housing make urbanites more eco-friendly than their rural counterparts” "Tokyo has considerably lower emissions per person than either Beijing or Shanghai and this shows clearly that prosperity does not lead inevitably to greater emissions," said report author David Dodman. "Well-designed and well-governed cities can combine high living standards with much lower greenhouse gas emissions.” http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/23/city-dwellers-smaller-carbon- footprints?guni=Data:in%20body%20link http://www.iied.org/ IIED
    4. 4. Urban green space? http://mashable.com/2013/
    5. 5. Dodo – A Progressive Finnish environmental NGO • Established 1995 • Promotes global environmental thinking and citizen-based action • Wide perspective to environmental issues • Urban point of view: individuality & communality • Open sharing of ideas and willingness to test any possible solutions – with a permission to fail • Avoiding expert talk; everyone’s entitled to understand and contribute to the discourse • strongly voluntary-based
    6. 6. Dodo guidelines • Environmental problems will be solved in cities that are vibrant and tolerant. • Positive thinking leads further. Therefore we don’t condemn, instead we encourage. • Dodo offers new opportunities for different kinds of people. One does not need to be an expert in order to be able to participate and be part of the solution. • Anyone can make a difference in many ways: with a fork or a bicycle, in a blog or at a workshop. • Even voluntary work can be done professionally and impressively!
    7. 7. What DO we DO? • Megapolis – urban festival (until 2012) • Urban planning • Urban farming • Development cooperation • Workshops, discussions, environmental education, excursions
    8. 8. Ideas rising into action Lumituuli Oy Demos Helsinki
    9. 9. Urban planning “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
    10. 10. This is OUR city - and us means everyone
    11. 11. “Copenhagen has no cyclists. Copenhagen has ordinary citizens who ride bikes.” Bianca Hermansen, urban designer http://dodo.org/dodoilu/uutiset/copen hagen-has-no-cyclists-copenhagen-has- ordinary-citizens-who-ride-bikes
    12. 12. Urban farming • A great success since 2009: you CAN grow your own food in a city!
    13. 13. Dodo’s urban farming 2009
    14. 14. One year later…
    15. 15. Creating ones own urban green space - Kalasatama 2010
    16. 16. Kalasatama, July 2010
    17. 17. Copenhagen 2013
    18. 18. http://satokartta.net/
    19. 19. 2011: Urban farming centre Kääntöpöytä / Turntable Roundhouse in Pasila
    20. 20. The Plan http://vimeo.com/50821564
    21. 21. The Plan
    22. 22. 2013: Urban Housing Fair 30 % of our carbon footprint comes from housing; mainly the square meters we occupy Not the size but the function Think outside your apartment
    23. 23. http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/07/25/10-amazing-tiny-houses-in-japan-a-photo-tour/
    24. 24. From local to global – development cooperation in Africa • Sinsibere in Mali: combating desertification & empowering women - creating alternative sources of income to replace woodcutting, such as soap fabrication and gardening - establishment of a women’s cooperative, supporting the improvement and marketing of local products - cooperative center for education & production - development of solar energy
    25. 25. Association support Vegetable planting Adult literacy training Beekeeping • Tany maitso in Madagascar: forest conservation & sustainable rural livelihoods supporting alternative ways of income for people living around protected areas
    26. 26. Think urban! “Zimbabwe’s climate change strategy should focus on urban communities, give a greater role to civil society participation, and learn lessons and gain experiences from other highly vulnerable nations” Brown et al., IIED 2013 http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/17145IIED.pdf? IIED: International Institute for Environment and Development
    27. 27. Elsewhere… http://www.laciudadverde.co/2/ http://bicisporlavida.org/es#!/catid=1
    28. 28. What makes Dodo a great place to act? • Learning by doing • Global approach; sharing solutions and ideas • Positivity; environmental activism is fun! • Tolerance; nobody’s perfect
    29. 29. Unique approaches to North-South cooperation & environmental work
    30. 30. Is urban planning and (green) space management possible outside public offices?
    31. 31. Urban beehives: Turntable, August 17, 2013 https://www.facebook.com/events/4194928 51493066/
    32. 32. Thank you! dodo.org