EKOenergy Newsletter, issue 37
  13 October 2014

1.  Ten nationalities at EKOenergy's Secretariat
2.  EKOenergija campaign in Latvia
3.  Fish passages thanks to EKOenergy?
4.  Painting sold: 1000 euro for EKOenergy
5.  EKOenergy comic: 10 language versions online
6.  As scary as climate change: ocean acidification

1.  Ten nationalities at EKOenergy's Secretariat

Last week, we welcomed Erasmus trainee Guillermo Solano de la Asunción. Guillermo will stay with us for 6 months and will help pave the way for EKOenergy in Spain.

Today, Lis Balaj from Kosovo and Rita Augustauskaite from Lithuania joined the team. Lis comes as an EVS volunteer (European Voluntary Service) and Rita as a Finnish language student.

We are now 12, and together we are able to be in close contact with many stakeholders all over Europe. Feel free to contact us if you want to join forces with us, or if you have questions or suggestions.

The hands and brains of the EKOenergy Secretariat, from left to right: Anna Ikonen (FI), Steven Vanholme (BE), Elea Kunz (DE), Ida Bergmann (FI), Riku Eskelinen (FI), Esther Bailleul (FR), Rita Augustauskaite (LT), Giulia Francisconi (IT), Guillermo Solano (ES), Milena Nowak (PL), Vera Szabadkai (HU) and Lis Balaj (RKS). 

2.  EKOenergija campaign in Latvia

The Latvian EKOenergy members (Latvian Fund for Nature, Latvian Green Movement and the organisation Green Liberty) took a further step towards the launch of EKOenergy in Latvia.

At the yearly "Energy and Environment Fair" to take place in Riga from 16 to 19 October, our Latvian partners will organise a seminar: "Opportunities of Sustainable energy development in Latvia”.  During the event, they will announce the first Latvian EKOenergy supppliers.

The Latvian electricity market opens in January, and EKOenergy is ready for it.


3.  Fish passages thanks to EKOenergy

The Mustionjoki river is situated in Southern Finland. There are four hydroelectric power plants on the river preventing upward fish migration. The endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) needs migrating salmonoids to bring its larvae upstream. As a result, the youngest mussels living in the Mustionjoki river are between 40 and 50 years old: exactly as old as the dams.

Earlier this year, EKOenergy and a group of Finnish fish activists developed the 'Fish passage electricity' project. The concept is simple: it relies on consumers' willingness to pay more for their electricity provided the extra cost is used for the construction of fish passages and other river restoration measures. We have entered a new stage: the owner of the dams has agreed to invest in fish passages and other river restoration measures if we succeed to find additional financial means. See a report on this project in Finnish TV. We will keep you updated.

4.  Painting sold: €1000 for EKOenergy

The Finnish artist Lauri Tervo (left) painted what the Vantaankoski river in Helsinki could look like if there weren't a dam at its mouth.

Two weeks ago, he announced that he would donate €1000 of the sales price to EKOenergy's Environmental Fund. It wasn't long before the painting was sold: the famous Finnish actor and fish activist Jasper Pääkkönen (right) is the new owner and EKOenergy got €1000 extra to spend on river restoration projects.

Do you want to sponsor one or more of our projects? Check out our sponsor page.

5.  EKOenergy comic: 10 language versions online

Hurray for the volunteer translators of the EKOenergy network! In less than four weeks, more than 40 translators from over 20 countries managed to translate our comic 'EKO-Sofia, an Introduction to Green Energy', into 17 languages. Ten of these are layouted and online: Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician (thanks to PerMondo), German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Scheduled for this week are Hungarian, Serbian and Swedish.


Furthermore, many of the translators continue updating the 30 language versions of the EKOenergy website. Lately, a lot of work has happened on the Czech, Polish and Slovenian websites.

6.  As scary as climate change: ocean acidification

The global economy could be losing as much as one trillion dollars annually by the end of the century if countries do not take urgent steps to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere, says the report "An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity", issued in Pyeongchang at the 12th meeting of the countries which have ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity. Yes, you read it well: $1,000,000,000,000 per year! And this figure only reflects the economic loss for industries linked to coral reefs alone, which are some of the most vulnerable species to this phenomenon.

"It is now nearly inevitable that within 50 to 100 years, continued anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions will further increase ocean acidity to levels that will have widespread impacts, mostly deleterious, on marine organisms and ecosystems, and the goods and services they provide. Marine calcifying organisms seem particularly at risk, since additional energy will be required to form shells and skeletons, and in many ocean areas, unprotected shells and skeletons will dissolve."

"Ultimately, only the reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels provides the “solution” to ocean acidification."
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