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Voices from the frontiers of environmental crisis

Venue: Itäkeskus Library (Cultural Centre Stoa), Turunlinnantie 1, Helsinki
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A panel discussion on indigenous and Global South perspectives and solutions to climate and environmental crises. Kenya, Sápmi and the Middle East and their indigenous peoples are suffering the severe consequences of climate crisis. In addition, violent land grabbing and forced displacement, as well as environmentally destructive extractive and energy industries that often benefit the Global North, undermine the rights of these communities. The debate will examine the causes and consequences of these problems and possible ways out of the apparent deadlock.

The English-language debate will feature Christine Kandie (Kenya), Julius Mbatia (Kenya), Hakan Cifci (Kurdistan) and Niila-Juhán Valkeapää (Sápmi). Teppo Eskelinen from the University of Eastern Finland will facilitate.


Christine Kandie,
Executive Director, Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (EIWEN)

Julius Mbatia,
environmental activist, expert for Kenya and Africa Group at the UN climate negotiations

Hakan Cifci,
Member of the International Relations Committee of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

Niila-Juhán Valkeapää,
climate and nature conservation activist, member of the board of the Finnish Sámi Youth Association (SSN)

Teppo Eskelinen,
Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, academic co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Social Sciences programme. Main research interests: development policy, global justice, political economy, heterodox economics, radical democracy, social movements

The event is organised by Extinction Rebellion Finland together with the Siemenpuu Foundation, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) and the Itäkeskus Library. Welcome!

Accessibility: The event is located in the library hall in the entrance floor which is accessible for a wheelchair. More info about accessibility.

The event follows the principles of safer space.

More information in the Facebook event.

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