Estonishing Evenings: Is climate change a threat to Estonia?

The Estonishing Evenings took a closer look on what impact does climate change have on Estonia.*

Organised in partnership with Estonian World and the Telliskivi Creative City, the Estonishing Evenings series runs English-speaking events that host different speakers expressing their viewpoints and experiences on hot topics and matters concerning both the locals and non-natives living in Estonia.

At the January event, the presenters took a closer look at the current state of Estonian nature and environment; whether climate change is a threat to Estonia and what impact does Estonia have on global climate change.

While the World Health Organisation has ranked Estonia as one of the countries with the cleanest air in the world and the European Food Safety Authority study in 2017 rated the country with the second cleanest food in Europe, Estonia generates a whopping 35 times the EU average in hazardous waste per capita.

Within last few years, there have been many debates regarding large infrastructure projects, clearcut logging, fur farming – where the entrepreneurs, public sector and environmental activists do not find common ground. The event aims to find out where is Estonia heading to when it comes to environment.

The evening started with presentations by Mattias Turovski, Joonas Plaan, Mihkel Kangur and Grete Arro.

Turovski gave an overview of global climate change and its causes; Plaan spoke about the potential cultural and sociological effects that climate change could have on Estonia; Kangur gave an overview of the current state of Estonian nature and environment and finally, Arro spoke about the aspects that impact and influence environmental behaviour.

The evening continued with a panel discussion between all the presenters and the audience.

Kangur is an Estonian ecologist who is currently an associate professor of sustainable development at the Tallinn University Institute for Ecology. Arro is an educational psychologist, working as a researcher at Tallinn University. Turovski is an environmental educator and Plaan is an environmental anthropologist, studying the nature and experience of climate change on human cultures.

The event, taking place at the Erinevate Tubade Klubi (the Club of Different Rooms) at the Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn on 29 January, was moderated by Silver Tambur, the editor-in-chief of Estonian World.

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