Siemenpuu produces publications on varying environmental themes. There is a new addition to the series approximately every two years. The books include case studies and stories both from the global South and Finland, and they are published in Finnish language. However, short English introductions of the books can be read below to get a grasp of their themes and perspectives.
Kirjeitä tulevaisuudesta - Ääniä maapallon säästymisestä (Letters about the Future – Voices on Saving the Earth)
Kirjeitä tulevaisuudesta contains dialogues, where the people from the Global South and North ponder the current local and global environmental problems and social injustices and search solutions to those. Writing to each others are fishermen, indigenous people, researchers, activists, poets and documentary makers e.g. from Brazil, Russia, Nigeria, Iran, India, Philippines and Finland. The texts are insightful, unconventional and challenging the rich North.
Dialogue partners are: Nnimmo Bassey (NGA)- Raisa Marjamäki; Taghi Farvar (IRN)- Teppo Eskelinen; Lakshmi Moorthy (IND)- Jaana & Teemu Kouri; Judy A. Pasimio (PHL)- Pieta Hyvärinen & Marjaana Jauhola; Davi Pereira Júnior (BRA)- Inkeri Aula; Rajesh Daniel (THA)- Mika Koskinen; three baiga communities (IND)- Antonina Kulyasova (RUS), Pentti Heikkinen, Ville-Veikko Hirvelä, Ossi Kakko & Kai Vaara.
Book has been edited by researher and novelist Antti Salminen. Book’s illustrations are from Shekhar (IND), Michaela Casková, Riikka Keränen and Nestori Syrjälä. There are also letters from the Centre of Healing from the Industrial Civilisation. Epilogue is written by researcher Tere Vadén. Book has been produced with the funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Book will be published on 26 September 2017 in Helsinki. See more information on the event and a book tour at Siemenpuu’s event page and in Facebook.
Särjetty maa - Tarinoita etelästä ja pohjoisesta (Broken land - Stories from the South and the North)
I have arrived here in a village on the Thai-Burmese border. I have two interpreters, one of them cannot speak English. I ask "Are you able you travel to the capital to say your opinion on the dam project that threatens to drown your village?". Interpreters convey my question. The interviewee speaks a lot and fast with high pitch and moving hands, and the interpreter asks for more details from her. After a three-minute hectic conversation, one interpreter talks to another, who, after couple of other hectic minutes, replies to me: "No."
In Särjetty maa, published in 2015, you can hear stories from Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Mali, Kenya, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Finland and Sámi land. The stories tell about encounters and e.g. on modern-time fates related to land issues. The editor of the book, poet J. K. Ihalainen, collected part of the stories during his trip to Asia in 2014.
Sijoiltaan menneet – Kulutuksen häätämä elämä (Dislocated – Life driven out by consumption)
What drives Indian farmers to city slums? Why doesn't a Senegalese fisherman return to his home port? What is it like to live next door to Talvivaara mine? Approximately 15 million people yearly are forced to leave their homes as houses, fields, forests and rivers are replaced by mines, power plants, dams and plantations.
'Sijoiltaan menneet' , published in 2012, takes the reader to empty and destruction-menaced houses in the global South and North. The book focuses on evictions, the root cause of which lies on consumption, economic growth and so-called development.
Kirja vedestä (A Book on Water)
Whose water are we consuming? What is the real price of cotton production? Why don't the rivers reach the local communities any longer?
'Kirja vedestä', published in 2010, reveals the experiences of people living by or working with water. The book opens horizons for the causes, consequences and solutions of the water crisis. In India ground water is drying up as a result of cotton production, on the Mekong River dam projects threaten the livelihoods of millions, at the Tana Delta in East Africa people are at risk of losing their land and water. These along many other examples from around the globe speak about what happens when water is harnessed for growing consumption needs. The stories also present people that have risen to defend their living environment and way of life while offering alternative perspectives on water and its use.
Metsän jäljillä (On the Track of Forest)
How much is the God of the sacred Niyamgiri mountain worth in money? Is there only one full-grown tree to be found in Finland? Who gets to decide about the forest management practises?
'Metsän jäljillä' , published in 2009, contemplates what forest is besides raw materials or a variety of animal and plant species. For many, forests are the source of livelihood and way of life. There may be spirits and ancestors dwelling in forests, as well. The book traces multiple meanings of forests and maps possibilities to maintain and create sustainable relationships with forest.
Rikastettu vai köyhdytetty? (Enriched or impoverished?)
How does a gold mine in the Philippines affect the state of a nearby river? Who benefits from Indonesia's coal mines? How do the villagers in Malawi react to the proposed uranium mine? Where was the cobalt of your mobile phone quarried? Who bears the responsibility for the damage caused by mining business?
'Rikastettu vai köyhdytetty?', published in 2007, provides information and stories about the effects of mining industry in the developing countries. The matter concernes everyone who uses a computer, a cooking pot, a bus or a ring. Download here Enriched or impoverished? in English as pdf document (1,4 MB)