I grew up thinking that I want to leave this world cleaner than I found it. I want to contribute to the wiser use (and re-use) of our natural resources.
Since a few weeks back I live in Waterloo with my family. We have been working voluntarily with eco-projects around Valencia in Spain since January 2015 and have decided to stay and live in Belgium. Link to blog posts in English.
I have good experience of the management of EU funded projects
During August 2013 – December 2014 I worked for the EU Rural development programme funded projects through LEADER Bergslagen in Sweden. Contact person: Ms. Barbro Fischerström, Director.
I was the project manager for Omställning i Praktiken (Transition in Practice). Link to web page here. Villages tested collaborative methods to lessen their negative impact on the environment. My job was communication, day to day management, research and reporting. Link to broschure (in English).
The most succesful workshop I’ve created through Viveco is Pimp my Trash. Young people around Sweden has been able to both learn the EU Directive on waste hierarchy and to try out practical re-make and recycling of scrap materials.
I’m a Scout since childhood and as a teenager I became a scout leader. Later on I continued with leadership courses and was granted a diploma from HM the King of Sweden for my accomplished course in Value Based Leadership.
During 2014 I was the chairman of a local NGO in my Swedish village Karbenning, managing the community centre.
I was a vice board member in the Local Action Group, LEADER Bergslagen 2010-2014.
I wrote my Master Thesis about recycling at the Asian Institute of Technology as a result of my two months field research in Thailand. The study was financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA. Read “Look beyond the bin” online here.
In 2007 I did an Erasmus semester in the University of Valencia studying Environmental science in Castellano and Valenciano.
Je parle beaucoup de langues
I’m multi-lingual. My parents are native Finnish and I was born and grew up in Sweden.
I love to learn new languages. That’s why I have studied English, French and Spanish.
I find the political part of environmental science more and more exciting every day. From being a typical Nature Science-person I nowadays find the area of environmental policy making very engaging.
Environment and Development on the agenda
It is important that all people are aware of the environment we live in and people should be guided to act in a way that does not lead to the extinction of species or act against human rights. In Swedish society we have been able to neglect the huge impact our behaviour has on the worldwide environment.
My dream is to work with environmental issues in a developing country. In 2008 I carried out fieldwork in Thailand in order to write my Master’s thesis “Look beyond the bin” about recycling.
It’s not waste until it’s wasted
In Sweden I teach about recycling and re-use by combining the theoretical part with a workshop where the participants create jewelery from trash. I call it “Pimp my Trash”.
In the future I’d like to bring my workshop abroad and teach more people about the benefits of remaking waste.