Sustainability holds us up, uphold sustainability

The joint project challenges students to think about the effects of our own consumer habits and introduces the UN sustainable development goals.

More information about the project

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.

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. 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
sinituuli.suominen@syl.fi
tel. +358 44 780 0220

Upcoming events

Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop 16.11.2021 at 14.00-17.00
Argentinasalen, Kåren (Hämeenkatu 22), Turku
Registration is now closed.

Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective.

The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles. We will dig deeper into these themes with the help of practical examples and exercises, with Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing and Adult Education Teacher Pipsa Niemi leading the discussion using new research data. The Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop inspires students to make more responsible consumption decisions and encourages critical thinking.

The workshop is open and free to all. The venue is unobstructed. This event will be held in English.

(Not So) Smartphone board game night 18.11.2021 at 18.00-20.00
Argentinasalen, Kåren (Hämeenkatu 22), Turku
Register to the event here (the link opens to a new window).

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories.

Do you want to learn more? Now is your chance to step in the shoes of a boss of a smartphone company and build a responsible, or just responsible looking, mobile phone. You must be faster than other companies but social media scandals, homeless polar bears, changes in trade policy and many other surprising factors, can make it way more difficult!

(Not so) Smartphone is a board game about the responsibility of world trade and business along the life cycle of electronics.  Join us for fun board game nigh!

The event is free and open to all. The venue is unobstructed. This event will be held in English.

Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop

22.11.2021 at 14.00-17.00 in Joensuu
Venue F103, University of Eastern Finland
Register to the workshop in Joensuu here (the link opens to a new window).

23.11.2021 at 14.00-17.00 in Kuopio
Venue Lukema, University of Eastern Finland
Register to the workshop in Kuopio here (the link opens to a new window).

Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective.

The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles. We will dig deeper into these themes with the help of practical examples and exercises, with Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing and Adult Education Teacher Pipsa Niemi leading the discussion using new research data. The Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop inspires students to make more responsible consumption decisions and encourages critical thinking. These workshops are open and free to all. The venue is unobstructed. Unfortunately, these events will be organized in Finnish.

Finding FairBook documentary screening and discussion

24.11.2021, at 18.00-20.00, online
Register to the workshop  here (the link opens to a new window).

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories. 

Where is the ethical laptop of the electronics industry? Why doesn’t it exist? The documentary Finding FairBook tells the story of the attempt by Finnish human rights activist Anna Härri to challenge the human rights violations and environmental issues associated with the electronics industry. Härri has decided to build an ethical laptop. Härri does not shy away from challenges: Bravely, she travels in search for minerals and electronics both to cobalt mines in South Congo and Talvivaara in Finnish Sotkamo. After the movie, experts will lead the discussion on global electronics production and what each of us can do to promote the use of more ethical electronics. These events are open and free to all. Unfortunately, the event will be organized in Finnish.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the event only holds up to 50 people. The venue is unobstructed.

Past events
Monday 11.10.2021 at 17.00-19.00
Panel discussion: Responsible consumption and equality
Online
How do our consumption choices influence matters on a global scale and how are they connected to equality? Responsible products are often expensive choices for consumers – who has the chance to consume responsibly? HYY’s Sustainable Development Week panel discussion is opened by President Tarja Halonen. The theme of the discussion is responsible consumption and equality. The panellists are:
– Member of European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen
– Professor Eva Heiskanen from the University of Helsinki
– Executive Director Janne Sivonen from Reilu Kauppa (Fairtrade Finland).
Tuesday 12.10.2021 at 14.00-17.00
Workshop: Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry
Athena-sali 167, Siltavuorenpenger 3 A
Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective. The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles.

Wednesday 13.10.2021 at 17.00-19.00
Influencer training: Responsible consumption at the University and in student organisations
Redi Neuvottelee hall, REDI shopping center, Hermannin rantatie 5
How can students promote responsibility in their own subject organisation, in the Student Union and at the University? What can the community do to change the society’s consumption culture towards a more sustainable direction? We will tackle these issues with Akseli Rouvari (SYL), who approaches them from the perspectives of the University and the Student Union, and Niko Lehti (MYY ry – the Association of Students in Environmental Sciences), who focuses on the perspective of subject organisations.

Thursday 14.10.2021 at 9.00-10.00
Breakfast with an expert: How to be a responsible consumer?
Paulig Kulma coffee shop (Aleksanterinkatu 9)
How do you navigate the world of corporate greenwashing and green concealment? How can you identify responsible products and services? At our breakfast with an expert, Markus Terho goes over the aspects that consumers should consider when making responsible consumption choices – and this takes place over breakfast. Terho is Sitra’s project director on sustainable everyday life as well as a responsibility panellist on the ‘Osta vastuullisesti’ (‘buy responsibly’) website.
Thursday 14.10.2021 at 17.00-19.00
Finding FairBook documentary screening and discussion
Redi Neuvottelee hall, REDI shopping center, Hermannin rantatie 5

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories. The documentary Finding FairBook tells the story of the attempt by Finnish human rights activist Anna Härri to challenge the human rights violations and environmental issues associated with the electronics industry. Härri has decided to build an ethical laptop. Härri does not shy away from challenges: Bravely, she travels in search for minerals and electronics both to cobalt mines in South Congo and Talvivaara in Finnish Sotkamo. After the movie, experts will lead the discussion on global electronics production and what each of us can do to promote the use of more ethical electronics. Unfortunately, event is organized in Finnish.

 

Friday 15.10.2021 at 13.00-14.00
Finnwatch visit: Responsible consumption and corporate responsibility
Online

How can consumers promote responsible consumption among companies? What does active citizenship entail? Climate Policy Specialist Lasse Leipola from Finnwatch introduces us to Finnwatch’s operations and the world of corporate responsibility and corporate law. The visit focuses on ways in which students can act as active citizens, influence companies and thus promote responsible consumption.

Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop 27.10.2021 at 14.00-17.00

Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective.

The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles. We will dig deeper into these themes with the help of practical examples and exercises, with Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing and Adult Education Teacher Pipsa Niemi leading the discussion using new research data. The Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop inspires students to make more responsible consumption decisions and encourages critical thinking. The workshop is open and free to all.

Registration is now closed.

Finding FairBook documentary screening and discussion

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories.

Where is the ethical laptop of the electronics industry? Why doesn’t it exist? The documentary Finding FairBook tells the story of the attempt by Finnish human rights activist Anna Härri to challenge the human rights violations and environmental issues associated with the electronics industry. Härri has decided to build an ethical laptop. Härri does not shy away from challenges: Bravely, she travels in search for minerals and electronics both to cobalt mines in South Congo and Talvivaara in Finnish Sotkamo. After the movie, experts will lead the discussion on global electronics production and what each of us can do to promote the use of more ethical electronics. The event is open and free to all. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the event only holds up to 50 people. Unfortunately, the event will be organized in Finnish.

Registration is now closed.

In addition, LYY is organizin a Flea Market of Responsibility Week, an Election Panel of Responsibility Week and Responsibility Sittning. Read the whole programme here.

Sustainable Consumption -Webinar

On Mon 1.11.2021 at 14.30-16.00 (only in Finnish)

Why is it important that we change our consumer habits more responsible and sustainable? How to, above all, promote the sustainability of consumption and not just the sustainable consumption? This webinar deals with sustainable development from everyday life, economy, politics and society´s perspective. Speakers at this event are Professor of Sociology Terhi-Anna Wilska, Economist Anni Marttinen, The Project Director of Sitras Sustainable Everyday Life -field Markus Terho and Europarliamentarian Henna Virkkunen. Additional commentary will be given by University of Jyväskylä School of Resource Wisdom´s Conservation Biologist Panu Halme as well as JYY´s board member Oskari Hakala. Discussion aims to bring up students’ points of view in addition to how we can encourage students and the youth to make sustainable consumer choices. You are welcome to join the discussion whether it is by listening or as an active participant. The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

Breakfast with Local Entrepreneurs

On Tue 2.11.2021 at 8.30-10.30, Ilokivi restaurant (can be held in English)

What is a responsible business like? How can a business advance sustainable development? We offer you a great opportunity to get to know local businesses which work with responsibility and sustainable development. Shareway is a local business, which offers parking space rental services for everyone who wants to rent out their private parking space. They will be talking about the opportunities that the sharing economy can provide and how it can advance sustainable development along with the wiser use of resources. Second hand store Aarre Store will be diving deeper into the subject of how everyone can find their own sustainable style. The event is organised together with Jyväskylä Entrepreneurship Society and is open for everyone. There will be some vegan snacks available for the participants at the Ilokivi restaurant. The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop

On Wed 3.11.2021 at 14.00-17.00, Ruusupuisto lobby (can be held in English)

Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective.

The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles. We will dig deeper into these themes with the help of practical examples and exercises, with Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing and Adult Education Teacher Pipsa Niemi leading the discussion using new research data. The Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop inspires students to make more responsible consumption decisions and encourages critical thinking. The workshop is open and free to all. The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

Finding FairBook documentary screening and discussion

On Thu 4.11.2021 at 18.00-20.00, Ilokivi Venue (only in Finnish)

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories.

Where is the ethical laptop of the electronics industry? Why doesn’t it exist? The documentary Finding FairBook tells the story of the attempt by Finnish human rights activist Anna Härri to challenge the human rights violations and environmental issues associated with the electronics industry. Härri has decided to build an ethical laptop. Härri does not shy away from challenges: Bravely, she travels in search for minerals and electronics both to cobalt mines in South Congo and Talvivaara in Finnish Sotkamo. After the movie, experts will lead the discussion on global electronics production and what each of us can do to promote the use of more ethical electronics. The event is open and free to all. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the event only holds up to 50 people. Unfortunately, the event will be organized in Finnish. The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

Student organisations´ influencer training of sustainable development

On Fri 5.11.2021 at 15.00-17.00, place unknow (only in Finnish)

How can we advance responsible consumption and the everyday life´s ecological acts in our own communities. We will be diving into this subject in the influencer training of sustainable development with the guidance of a professional instructor! Elina Mikola will host the training, she works as an adviser on advocacy and sustainable economy in Finnish Development NGOs Fingo. The training will be held in collaboration with the umbrella organisation of Finnish civic organisations, Fingo which takes actions in order to make the world a fairer and more sustainable place. All of the students of University of Jyväskylä as well as student organisation representatives, student representatives and everyone who does advocacy work in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä are welcomed to join the training. Come to learn and be inspired by sustainable influencing, together! The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

BONUS

Thrift Store Tour of the University Committee for Environmental Affairs 1.-3.11.

Read more here (link opens to a new window).

Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop 2.11.2021 at 14.00-17.00

Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective.

The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles. We will dig deeper into these themes with the help of practical examples and exercises, with Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing and Adult Education Teacher Pipsa Niemi leading the discussion using new research data. The Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop inspires students to make more responsible consumption decisions and encourages critical thinking. The workshop is open and free to all. The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

Finding FairBook documentary screening and discussion 5.11.2021 at 18.00-20.00, Zoom

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories.

Where is the ethical laptop of the electronics industry? Why doesn’t it exist? The documentary Finding FairBook tells the story of the attempt by Finnish human rights activist Anna Härri to challenge the human rights violations and environmental issues associated with the electronics industry. Härri has decided to build an ethical laptop. Härri does not shy away from challenges: Bravely, she travels in search for minerals and electronics both to cobalt mines in South Congo and Talvivaara in Finnish Sotkamo. After the movie, experts will lead the discussion on global electronics production and what each of us can do to promote the use of more ethical electronics. The event is open and free to all.  The venue is unobstructed.

Registration is now closed.

Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop 9.11.2021 at 14.00-17.00
Online
Registration is now closed.

Long work days, dangerous working conditions and too low wages are part of the daily life in clothing factories. When shopping, we do not necessarily think about the problems associated with the clothing production chain, both from a human rights and a sustainable development perspective.

The workshop discusses the environmental impact and ethical problems in the clothing industry, responsible consumption and the recycling of textiles. We will dig deeper into these themes with the help of practical examples and exercises, with Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing and Adult Education Teacher Pipsa Niemi leading the discussion using new research data. The Ethical and ecological problems in the clothing industry workshop inspires students to make more responsible consumption decisions and encourages critical thinking. The workshop is open and free to all. Unfortunately, the event will be organized in Finnish.

Finding FairBook documentary screening and discussion 11.11.2021 at 18.00-20.00
Online
Registration is now closed.

Computers and phones make our lives easier in many ways, but their production is associated with many human rights and environmental problems. The ethical issues with electronics manufacturing are associated both with child labour in Kongo and with dangerous working conditions in electronics factories.

Where is the ethical laptop of the electronics industry? Why doesn’t it exist? The documentary Finding FairBook tells the story of the attempt by Finnish human rights activist Anna Härri to challenge the human rights violations and environmental issues associated with the electronics industry. Härri has decided to build an ethical laptop. Härri does not shy away from challenges: Bravely, she travels in search for minerals and electronics both to cobalt mines in South Congo and Talvivaara in Finnish Sotkamo. After the movie, experts will lead the discussion on global electronics production and what each of us can do to promote the use of more ethical electronics. The event is open and free to all. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the event only holds up to 50 people. Unfortunately, the event will be organized in Finnish.

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