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2. International visibility for Protect Our Winters
Last November, the Finnish branch of Protect our Winters and EKOenergy launched a campaign to convince ski centers to switch to EKOenergy. In the months thereafter, we started reaching out to all friends of the winter.
The Turkish magazine EKOIQ reported about the campaign (and about EKOenergy), and so did the Polish website Zielony Szlak. We had a Protect Our Winter - stand at the Nordic Travel Fair in Helsinki, too.
And last, but not least, the goodwill ambassador of the campaign, Enni Rukajärvi, got an award at the annual Finnish Sports Gala, for being a positive example for so many, among other things through her actions on behalf of nature. Congratulations!
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"I would die if I don't find snow! I like the 4 seasons of the year it's a terrible thought that we wouldn't have any winter. That's why we joined and yes, I hope that a lot of people and a lot of companies are making the same choice."
Kari Koskimaa from Salla ski center, one of the ski centers which recently switched to EKOenergy
Helen has almost 400,000 customers throughout Finland, their district heat covers over 90% of Helsinki’s heating needs, and now they are expanding energy-efficient district cooling in Helsinki.
Helen has started offering EKOenergy certified wind energy to their business customers.
We are looking forward to cooperating!
6. Save Pond Hockey : we want frozen lakes
People are not only getting more worried about the impacts of climate change, but more and more of them are actively looking for ways to act.
A group of pond hockey fans set up the "Save Pond Hockey" campaign. Pond hockey is a kind of ice hockey played on frozen lakes, and as Finnish winters are becoming milder, the future of pond hockey is uncertain.
Last Saturday, the first "Save Pond Hockey Tournament" was organized in Mikkeli. This happened in close cooperaton with Mikkelin Jukurit, the ice hockey team using EKOenergy and wearing the EKOenergy logo on their jerseys. EKOenergy got a lot of positive visibility. Thanks a lot for this great event!
7. Threat to society and nature is increasing
Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.
The scale of the heat burst has been startling to many of the experts, and some of them fear an accelerated era of global warming could be at hand over the next few years.
Even at current temperatures, billions of tons of land ice are melting or sliding into the ocean. The sea is also absorbing most of the heat trapped by human emissions. Those factors are causing the ocean to rise at what appears to be an accelerating pace, and coastal communities in the United States are beginning to spend billions to fight increased tidal flooding. Their pleas for help from Congress have largely been ignored.
NASA’s calculations suggested that the planet had warmed by well over a half-degree Fahrenheit from 2013 to 2016. That is a huge change for the surface of an entire planet to undergo in just three years.
In fact, the rate over time has been reasonably close to predictions that scientists first offered decades ago. Those same scientists have long warned that humanity is courting disaster by failing to bring fossil-fuel emissions under control.