Selkie: Restoring land, water and hope in the Finnish Boreal

Selkie: Restoring land, water and hope in the Finnish Boreal

In the small Finnish village of Selkie, villagers and locally-based YLNM members the Snowchange Cooperative are working to rescue their watershed from the impacts of a local peat mine. In Selkie, a new 30-minute film from Pretty Good Productions, the story of this remarkable village unfolds, exploring local identity, the importance of place and...

The Sami’s Näätämö River Revival: Hope in the midst of Finland’s extractive tsunami

The Sami’s Näätämö River Revival: Hope in the midst of Finland’s extractive tsunami

Finland’s new forestry law is opening up the country’s Arctic north and the territory of indigenous Sami people to mining, forestry and other extractive industries. YLNM Regional Coordinator for the Eurasian Arctic, Tero Mustonen, reports on how the Sami and others are resisting new destruction and reviving healthy ecosystems.  ...

New Forest ‘Land Grab’ Act Passes in Finnish Parliament

New Forest ‘Land Grab’ Act Passes in Finnish Parliament

30 March 2016. By Tero Mustonen and Hal Rhoades. Despite fierce opposition from a large part of the Finnish public, all Sámi reindeer herding cooperatives, the Snowchange Cooperative and a large international coalition of groups, this afternoon Finland’s much criticised new Forestry Act passed in the Finnish Parliament. The Act transfers power over...

Finland: State Forestry Company About to Seize Control of Sámi Indigenous Key Old Growth Forests

Finland: State Forestry Company About to Seize Control of Sámi Indigenous Key Old Growth Forests

21st March 2016 The State Forest Agency “Metsähallitus” About to Seize Total Control of Sámi Indigenous Key Old Growth Forests For Economic Uses If New Law Passes in Finland: Moratorium Is Needed At Once An unprecedented land grab threatens the last old growth forests of Finnish Lapland and the Sámi home area...