Opening of the Baltic Sea Day
We will be kicking off Baltic Sea Day in the now-traditional manner with a discussion event on the Esplanade stage. Expect art, science and inspiring speeches!
The event will be opened by the CEO of the John Nurminen Foundation, Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt. During the event, we will hear a few words about the Baltic Sea from guests such as the Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen, President Tarja Halonen and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Krista Mikkonen. The morning’s panel discussions will dissect the role companies play in saving the Baltic Sea and the environment, with regard to both responsibilities and opportunities. The panel will also discuss large-scale action and everyday ways of protecting the Baltic Sea. The event host, Baba Lybeck, will also lead the discussions.
You can follow the event either in person or via the livestream. The program will be held in Finnish. The program will be cancelled in event of heavy rainfall or storm.
The programme includes:
- A spoken-word performance by the poet Kirsi-Marja Moberg.
- Opening speech from the Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen and the CEO of the John Nurminen Foundation, Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt.
- Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, will tell us about Finland’s role as a protector of the Baltic Sea.
- Greetings from President Tarja Halonen.
- How companies can help the Baltic Sea – corporate responsibility in modern times: will include comments from Kari Mokko, development manager from Climate Leadership Coalition, Roleff Kråkström, CEO of Moomin Characters Ltd, and Anne-Maria Salonius, Head of Finland Division at Ålandsbanken.
- Upper secondary school students Sampo Turunen and Henrik Karlsson from Kulosaari Secondary School will present the results of their Baltic Sea project.
- Small things can add up – large-scale action and everyday ways of protecting the Baltic Sea. Members of the panel discussion will include: Petja Pelli, a reporter of loss of biodiversity issues Marjukka Porvari (Director of the John Nurminen Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea project), Roosa Mikkola (a project manager at the Martha Organisation), Otto Latva (Research Manager in Turku university) and Martta Kuusela, student from Kulosaari Secondary School