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A Finnish environmental NGO
working in urban environments –
example of Dodo
Titta Lassila
August 19, 2013
Helsinki Summer ...
Why an urban NGO?
• Majority of people live in cities; 50-50 situation was reached
in 2008
– Finland 30 % in 1950  70 % i...
“ City dwellers have smaller carbon
footprints, study finds
Greater use of public transport and denser housing make
urbani...
Urban green space?
http://mashable.com/2013/
Dodo – A Progressive Finnish
environmental NGO
• Established 1995
• Promotes global environmental
thinking and citizen-bas...
Dodo guidelines
• Environmental problems will be solved in cities that are
vibrant and tolerant.
• Positive thinking leads...
What DO we DO?
• Megapolis – urban festival (until 2012)
• Urban planning
• Urban farming
• Development cooperation
• Work...
Ideas rising into action
Lumituuli Oy
Demos Helsinki
Urban planning
“Cities have the
capability of
providing something
for everybody, only
because, and only
when, they are
cre...
This is OUR city
- and us means
everyone
“Copenhagen has
no cyclists.
Copenhagen has
ordinary citizens
who ride bikes.”
Bianca Hermansen,
urban designer
http://dod...
Urban farming
• A great success since 2009: you CAN grow your own food in a city!
Dodo’s urban farming 2009
One year later…
Creating ones own urban green space - Kalasatama 2010
Kalasatama, July 2010
Copenhagen 2013
http://satokartta.net/
2011: Urban farming centre Kääntöpöytä / Turntable
Roundhouse in
Pasila
The Plan
http://vimeo.com/50821564
The Plan
2013: Urban Housing Fair
30 % of our carbon
footprint comes from
housing; mainly the
square meters we
occupy
Not the size ...
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/07/25/10-amazing-tiny-houses-in-japan-a-photo-tour/
From local to global – development
cooperation in Africa
• Sinsibere in Mali: combating
desertification & empowering women...
Association support
Vegetable planting
Adult literacy training
Beekeeping
• Tany maitso in Madagascar: forest
conservation...
Think urban!
“Zimbabwe’s climate change strategy should
focus on urban communities, give a greater
role to civil society p...
Elsewhere…
http://www.laciudadverde.co/2/
http://bicisporlavida.org/es#!/catid=1
What makes Dodo a great place to act?
• Learning by doing
• Global approach; sharing solutions and ideas
• Positivity; env...
Unique
approaches to
North-South
cooperation
& environmental
work
Is urban planning and
(green) space
management possible
outside public offices?
Urban beehives: Turntable, August 17, 2013
https://www.facebook.com/events/4194928
51493066/
Thank you!
dodo.org
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A Finnish environmental NGO working in urban environments - example of Dodo (2013)

  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

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