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Helsinki metropolitan area mayors encourage residents to act on climate

The mayors of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen join a climate training campaign, which urges the residents of the Helsinki metropolitan area to make climate-friendly choices in their everyday lives. Mayors Jan Vapaavuori, Jukka MäkeläRitva Viljanen and Christoffer Masar appear on climate training videos and encourage people to join, speaking about their own ways to do climate training. Climateinfo produced by Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY has developed a climate training online service that anyone can join free of charge. 

Nearly 70 percent of Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated by households, and therefore residents play key roles in the efforts by cities to achieve their climate goals.

 “Climate change is now a household term, and an increasing number of people want to make climate-friendly choices in their lives. However, many people don’t know what they should do and what kind of everyday choices really matter. That’s why we have compiled in climate training those acts that have an impact. Many of them are also quite easy to do. They are suitable both for beginners and for those who have advanced in their climate action,” says Mira Soini-Nordström, the project manager of HSY’s Climateinfo.

Climate training steers participants to make better everyday choices in their living, mobility, food and consumption with the help of personal trainers. What’s good for the climate is often good for you: increased daily activity to replace driving, eating less meat, sleeping in cooler rooms and ecological relaxing all advance health and wellbeing. 

If you’re not ready to switch your dwelling for a smaller one, to take quick cool showers and to become a vegan, climate training offers you lighter training programmes. Climate training is meant for all those interested in leading more climate-friendly lives. The training programmes take four weeks each and comprise a weekly letter, training videos, weekly tasks, a closed Facebook group and live chats. Register as a member at ilmastotreeni.fi/en/.  

HSY’s Climateinfo encourages Helsinki metropolitan residents, housing companies and small-to-medium enterprises to act on climate change by saving energy, by using renewable energy, with food and in consumption. Climateinfo was established in 2010 to turn the climate strategies of the Helsinki metropolitan cities into action. Climateinfo operations are financed by the Cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. 

The videos in which the mayors encourage residents to join climate training are in Finnish and can be found on the Climateinfo Youtube channel

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