Launch of the Baltic Sea Day 2019

The Baltic Sea Day was launched on 29 August 2019 at Media Piazza in the Sanoma House (Töölönlahdenkatu 2, Helsinki). The morning featured exciting stories from divers and presentations by leading experts in the field on the state and future of the Baltic Sea. The Finnish Nature League's Baltic Sea group presented the most common trash items found by the shores.


Coffee and inspirational music

The Kuvaja vocal group will perform while we enjoy our coffee.



Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori
Secretary General of the John Nurminen Foundation Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, PhD

Wonders of the sea and the cry for help from below the surface – a diver’s perspective on marine conservation

A panel of diving enthusiasts consisting of Chairman of the Foundation’s Board Juha Nurminen, musician and TV personality Mikko Kuustonen, Senior Researcher and nonfiction author Roope Flinkman and director-producer Marko Röhr, discuss the beauty and vulnerability of the world beneath the waves. Science journalist and author Niko Kettunen will spice up the debate with stories of strange and wonderful creatures inhabiting the seas.

What is our footprint on the sea?

How is the sea coping? Can we influence the footprint we leave on the Baltic Sea? What is the link between eutrophication and climate change? Does responsibility lie with politicians, businesses or consumers? What is the role of the media? Joining the discussion are Professor Jyri Seppälä (Finnish Environment Institute), Senior Researcher Merja Saarinen (Natural Resources Institute), journalist Heli Saavalainen (Helsingin Sanomat) and Markku Ollikainen, Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of Helsinki.

Chairing the debate will be Jukka Ruukki, Editor-in-Chief of Helsingin Sanomat Tiede and the Tiede and Tiede Luonto magazines.

The Baltic Sea Day is made possible together

Comments from partners: joining the event will be Artistic Director of Helsinki Festival Marko Ahtisaari, host-reporter-producer Baba Lybeck and CEO of Moomin Characters Roleff Kråkström, among others.