The purpose of the event is to dive into the themes of sustainable development and active citizenship together with the students. The seminar will also provide young people with working life skills on the road towards a carbon-neutral society.
There will be lectures and talks by experts in the morning with the theme of young people as influencers. The upper secondary school students will be inspired to have an impact by, among others, Iiris Suomela, Finland's youngest Member of Parliament. Climate activist Laura Kolehmainen will talk about young people's opportunities for influence and cooperation.
In the afternoon, the students will participate in workshops to practice having an impact on sustainable development in practice. There are more than 30 workshops offering influencing experiences and introducing young people to, for example, the circular economy and carbon footprint. Based on registrations, the most popular workshops address animal rights, protecting the Baltic Sea, health care studies and well-being in nature, for example. Workshops on building the city of the future using Lego bricks and planning an ecological dream trip are also popular.
The workshops are organised by, among others, units of the City of Lahti, LAMK, businesses in the area and various communities and organisations. The aim is to acquaint young people with different opportunities for influence and encourage them to become active citizens.
The sustainable development seminar organised for upper secondary school students is part of Lahti's preparations for its year as the European Green Capital 2021. The seminar is organised by the Environmental Development Unit in cooperation with the Green Capital project.