Climate change and the environment
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What is your life and what would you like to be? Now is the time to rebuild society. Climate change, nature loss and other global crises are changing our future in an unexpected way, but managing change is in our own hands. Is civilisation a solution for managing these crises? How do science, art, education and community activities build a new culture? Meeting with Kol at the top and workshops does not accept the idea that we cannot make a difference. Kol also meets the economic dimension of science and art, i.e. cooperative activity. It is a business that does not have the task of maximising profits, but of profits for its member. Building sustainable development is naturally of this kind. Education and reforms go hand in hand. Meeting at the top is part of the series of events of the EU Commission’s Conference on the Future of Europe and the Goes Bauhaus Action of the Saimaa phenomenon. We will ask each other what we would like to see our lives in the future.
BREAK Sokos Hotel Koli
Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli
Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli
Event reportReport/proposal from Koli: Towards a culture-conscious Europe, J. V. Snellman (1806-1881) was a European national philosopher. He raised the level of civilisation as the most important social factor and interpreter of the nation. He wrote in 1840: Civilisation does not end in a school or a certain degree, but the whole life is the school in which the individual is shaped into a human being, and this civilisation process itself constitutes what is human in man. The Finnish Constitution, which entered into force 160 years later (1.3.2000), does not define civilisation. Neither does the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. At least the Finnish Constitution mentions cultural rights. The most beloved conference on the future of Europe in Finland’s most beloved national landscape asked how civilisation (European Bildung) can serve as an instrument for achieving the desired changes and goals. The conference concluded with a joint proposal that the present or future European way of life cannot be promoted without a stronger awareness of civilisation. The European Commission must define the role of civilisation in building a sustainable society. Only then will we protect the citizens of Europe and European values – and our common planet. The current focus, the promotion of a European way of life, is unhelpfully too narrow-minded. With an eco-social awareness of civilisation, we can define not only the European way of life, but also European life. European civilisation also includes an economic and embodied dimension. We therefore challenge the European Commission to collectively imagine how to make Europe’s citizens flourish. What will be a good European life in 2050? “The human race has no chance of survival on a fulfilled earth except to adopt a concept of civilisation in which good life is sought within the limits of one planet.” – Arto O. Salonen
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