Be a part of protecting the Baltic Sea! Turku 2011 now encourages the inhabitants of the coastline to light a fire and make an eco-pledge on the last Saturday of August.
Act to promote the wellbeing of the Baltic Sea:
- Light your Ancient Bonfire on Saturday evening of August 27, at 9:30 pm, Finnish time, and in advance on the virtual map on the Internet.
- Give an eco-pledge in connection with the lighting of the fire, to protect the Baltic Sea.
- Indicate your fire and your pledge on the map, and let the virtual chain of Ancient Bonfires grow at the map below
- Your eco-pledge may be a major deed or small, as long as it is a step in the direction of a cleaner sea.
- Encourage your friends and colleagues to give an eco-pledge and spread the message of the Night of the Ancient Bonfires!
You can make a difference
... as an inhabitant by the Baltic Sea:
- Use your bike (avoid using your car)
- Avoid using detergents containing phosphate and wash your rug ashore, not at the seashore
- Don’t eat rainbowtrout grown in the Baltic Sea
- Prefer organic food
- Empty the septic tank in accordance with the harbour waste management directives
- Reduce your personal water and energy consumption
- Create an artificial wetland area for the drainage area of your own agricultural land
- Have a European video conference instead of travelling - it saves time and money.
... as a decision-maker in a city, municipality or a village:
- Make way for the bicycle culture – build cycleways in order to make society more bike-friendly!
- Help commuters to organise carpools by creating networks and forums on the municipal or the local authority’s webpage or through social media
- Revise the criteria for public purchases so that environmental-friendly alternatives are prioritized
- Provide the citizens with more recycling and waste management stations
- Organize courses and public discussion events on environmental awareness on the local level
- Give school children possibility to experience and visit marine biologists at work, e.g. to join bi-ologists on a sea eagle feeding-excursion
- Dredging and dumping in lakes, seas, and waterways make it difficult for e.g. fish eggs to sur-vive. Apply eco-friendly measures!