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Goethe x Change

The library of the Goethe-Institut in Helsinki will become a space for change-making to enable us to deal with, and possibly avert the worst effects of climate change. There is a great variety of media on the topic in our library collection, and we also plan further events in the future.

Past events

Rakkolevää Photo: Jukka Nurminen

Presentation and talk | THU 21.11.2019, 5 pm | Goethe-Institut
Other Fish to Fry: How eating domestic fish can help protect the Baltic Sea

How we fish and which fish we catch and eat plays a big role for the Baltic Sea. Our guests: Director of the John Nurminen Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects and the head chef Ari Ruoho of Ravintola Nokka.

Jan Lütjohann_Arbeit Kuva: Jan Lütjohann

Talk and workshop | FRI 01.11.2019, 5 pm | Goethe-Institut
Jan Lütjohann: Doing it ourselves

What are we to do with the many choices we face, our limited time and an uncertain global future?
In this talk, the sculptor and pedagogue Jan Lütjohann seeks answers within critical practices – those of doing, of craft and do-it-yourself.

Zugfahrt Photo: Inari Virkkala

Presentation and talk | FRI 04.10.2019, 5 pm | Goethe-Institut
Mobility in times of climate change

Inari Virkkala is an architect and urban designer focusing on the social impacts of design. She is one of the founders of the #MaataPitkin-matkamessut, land-based travel fair informing and inspiring people to find climate friendly ways to travel.

Woman in clubchair Photo: Erich Consemüller, around 1927/ © Klassik Stiftung Weimar/ © Stephan Consemüller

Discussion | WED 11.09.2019, 6 pm | GOETHE-INSTITUT

Julia Lohmann and Julia Meer talk on how the situation of women has changed in the past 100 years, and what challenges we are facing today (i.e. intersectionality).

Sonnenblumen_marko-blazevic Foto: marko blazevic/ unspalsh

Presentation and talk | TUE 28.05.2019, 6 pm | Goethe-Institut
The Forest of Foci – Thinking Post Fossil

The philosopher and professor of literature Antti Salminen, author of the book 'Energy and Experience', challenges the fundamental principles that drive our society – and that have led to the situation we find ourselves in today.

Forest family Photo: Touko Hujanen

Talk | FRI 26.04.2019, 5 pm | Goethe-Institut
Touko Hujanen: Forest family

Photojournalist Touko Hujanen followed the life of Nordlund and Dorff in 2018 during four seasons, documenting the unique lifestyle of the family, the cycle of farming and the building of the self-sufficiency school with the help of volunteers.

Flux Photo: Miki Yui & Nathalia Favaro

Film screening/ Talk/ Discussion | Fri 29.03.2019, 5 pm | Goethe-Institut
Nathalia Favaro & Miki Yui: FLUX

The short film is a poetic essay, tracing the journey of Nathalia Favaro through the Amazon Forest, and her meetings with protagonists from the forest and the river side.

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Workshop | TUE 19.03.2019, 6 pm | Goethe-Institut
Understanding your eco-anxiety – Looking for balance

This 2-hour group workshop is especially for those who are interested in finding ways to cope with eco-anxiety.

Neon sign with the word Change Ross Findon | unsplash

Launch event | THU 07.02.2019, 4 p.m. | GOETHE-INSTITUT
Goethe x Change

Do you sense eco anxiety and don't know how to deal with it? Do you want to activate yourself?  Goethe x Change is a programme of events, workshops and initiatives dedicated tochange-making, activism, transition, resilience and

Further reading

In this column we collect interesting articles on topics like environment, sustainability and climate change. We also provide tips on how to live more sustainable and environmental-friendly.

Goethe-Institut Finnland on Social Media

Contact information

The curators of the project:
Gero Grundmann (gerogrundmann (at ) gmail.com)
Prof. Julia Lohmann (julia@julialohmann (at) co.uk)

for the Goethe-Institut Finnland:
Alexandra Stang (alexandra.stang@goethe.de)


The project is based on cooperation. Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating with us!