HEHEDF x Helsinki

Dialogue event: "Supporting climate action through activism and litigation"

17th May 12.00-15.00
Puistokatu 4, Helsinki

Event focus

The number of court cases related to climate change has rapidly increased all over the world, and has rapidly become  a way to support climate action. Because of its novelty, much remains to be explored regarding our understanding of the role of litigation and its links to climate activism. 

How can activism and litigation come together to promote more democratic climate governance? How can climate litigation be supported by activism outside the courtroom? What tools can research provide to support climate activists and/or litigants? 


Bridging the worlds of research and civil society

This event aims to bring together the worlds of research and civil society to find ways to work together towards climate action. If you see yourself as a researcher, litigator, activist or civil society worker then this dialogue event is for you. 



Hyperlocal dialogue between Ireland, Finland, Italy & the UK: "Supporting climate action through activism and litigation"

Speakers introducing the topic: 

from Helsinki: Kati Kulovesi (University of Eastern Finland) and Hanna Aho (The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation)
from Trento: Louisa Rosemary Parks (University of Trento)
from London: Joana Setzer (London School of Economics)
from Dublin: Clodagh Daly (Community Law and Mediation) and Diarmuid Torney (Dublin City University)

All attendees are invited to join the hyperlocal dialogue with the speakers! The dialogue will be held in English. 




Local Timeout: how can civil society and research work together for climate action?

All Helsinki attendees are invited to share their experiences of working towards climate action. The Local Timeout dialogue will cover the following questions:

  • How does my work (as a citizen/in civil society/climate litigation/researcher) support sustainable climate transitions?
  • What are our experiences of working together with actors from different sectors?
  • What opportunities and challenges have we experienced when researchers and civil society work together?
  • What can researchers provide to civil society? And vice versa?
 The Local Timeout will be held in Finnish.


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The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Sitra, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland have established the new Timeout Foundation to increase dialogue in Finland.  Timeout Foundation trains and facilitates Timeout dialogues. 

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. The high standard of interdisciplinary research and education respond to global challenges and build a sustainable future.

The 2035Legitimacy project brings together researchers in the fields of law, economics, sociology, and climate science. The project is truly multidisciplinary, pursuing collaboration and dialogue across different disciplines while examining legitimacy considerations in Finnish climate policy.

ReTool project

Discussion introduces a new research project called ReTool.

Over the next 3 years, the ReTool project seeks to both address the climate crisis and also reinvigorate and strengthen democratic processes and structures. The project posits that these are ‘twin challenges’ which are linked, and it seeks to deepen understanding of the relationship between them.

ReTool is a Horizon Europe project funded by the European Union