Yesterday Greenpeace activists began a five day protest at the state-owned Finnish Forest Park Services headquarters near the Finnish capital.
Clearcut of Finnish state-owned, old growth forest.
Thousands of people pass the headquarters everyday on one of the
biggest commuter traffic railways.
Early on Monday morning, four Finnish activists climbed the
glass-tower of the Forest Park Service. Two of the climbers, Kalle
and Tuomas, will stay up in the tower until Friday, the last day of
government negotiations at the Ancient Forest Summit in the
Update by Tuomas, Greenpeace activist:
Tuesday, 16 April: Second day in the tower. Night was not too warm,
the temperature around plus one degrees Celsius. Not a big deal,
though. My sleeping bag is designed for outdoor use, I used the
same one this winter during our forest demonstrations in the
northeast of Finland where we had below -20 C some days and nights.
But the days are bright sunny.
This morning the Forest Service staff had a meeting 10 cm from
us on the other side of the windows, but they closed the curtains,
carefully. Did not want to see us and our banners.
I am studying in eastern Finland in Kainuu-institute, aiming to
graduate as a wilderness guide this summer. Greenpeace has had a
series of protests against the destruction of Finnish state-owned
forests, especially in the region of Kainuu this past winter. I
have been involved in these actions with two friends from the
We think that enough old-growth forests have already been
clearcut in Finland.
There is too little left for the landscape, biodiversity and for
the other forms of forest use. Nature-oriented tourism is a growing
sector in Finland. I do not believe that in the future people want
to travel to Finland to witness raped landscape with clearcuts,
young stands of forests and the ever-increasing forest road
And it's not only tourism. It is also about the characterists of
my home country. Finland is a land of forests. That must not mean a
land of clearcuts.