The project Sustainability holds us up, uphold sustainability

The project Sustainability holds us up, uphold sustainability, organised by The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) and eight student unions, encourages students to consider the effects of our consumer habits and introduces the UN’s sustainable development goals.

The National Union of University Students in Finland carries out the project in cooperation with the student unions of the universities of Helsinki, Turku, Eastern Finland, Jyväskylä, Lapland, and Åbo Akademi, the University of Arts, and Lappeenranta University of Technology. The joint project challenges students to think about the effects of our own consumer habits and introduces the UN sustainable development goals. In particular, the project introduces students to Goal 12, which focuses on sustainable consumption and production patterns and how to consume in a responsible manner.

As part of the project, all participating student unions organise events and training related to responsible consumption, dealing with, for instance, responsibility in the clothing and electronics industries. These will be held through September to November 2021 and in 2022. The events are organised together with Fairtrade and Pro Ethical Trade Finland. On top of that, there are a lot of interesting blog posts and podcasts coming up. Separate theme weeks for sustainable development will also be organised, led by local coordinators in Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä.

The exact dates for the events will be posted on the website later. Depending on the coronavirus situation, some of the events may be held online.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted the project support for communications and global education projects.

Additional information

Sinituuli Suominen
Development Policy Adviser
tel. +358 44 780 0220