Posts Tagged ‘Finland’

Do we need private cars?

Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years

Finland’s capital hopes a ‘mobility on demand’ system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete

Urban mobility, rethought … Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Hemis/Alamy

The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point “mobility on demand” system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.

Source: TheGuardian, read more.

Opinion:

All major cities should be following this example.

Zero Footprint

Finnish family wants invisible eco footprint

Inspired by an American author’s quest to lead a zero-impact lifestyle in New York City, a Finnish family in the western town of Pori has decided to adopt a similar extreme challenge.

Going plastic-free can be challenging. Image: Yle / Timo Nykyri

 

Sarianna Trogen said her family figured that if an eco-friendly lifestyle was possible to achieve Manhattan, it wouldn’t be impossible in Pori.

“We moved closer to the city centre to avoid having to use public transport, we use green energy and don’t buy anything new unless we have to,” she explains.

Like many situations in Colin Beavan’s “No Impact Man,” Sarianna Trogen and Janne Isaksson have also run into the profusion of packaging waste, especially at the grocery store.

Pori, Finland

Individually wrapped universe

“You can find unpackaged sausages in old-fashioned markets. Sarianna has also made her own bags for fruit and vegetables,” says partner Janne Isaksson.

“While it’s relatively simple to find locally sourced food, selection shrinks in the winter—especially when searching for unpackaged vegetables,” Trogen explains.

But a lack of information is perhaps one of the biggest obstacles to living a no-impact lifestyle.

“The greatest amount of time is spent determining what is the most ecological thing to do in a certain situation,” the couple says.

Source: Yle An English language Finnish news site

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