I’m Sameli Sivonen, a 26-year-old student of architecture and economics, and a green politician from Kallio, Helsinki. I’m a co-chair of the Federation of Green Youth and Students, vice councillor of City of Helsinki and Students and Aalto University Student Union and Helsinki University Student Union representative councils. Defending equality and justice both for individual people and the surrounding environment are close to heart for me in politics.
My roots are originally in Eastern Finland: Born in Imatra and ended up via Lieksa, Kuopio and Vantaa to Helsinki as a teenager. In Helsinki I first resided in Lassila and finally settled in Kallio where I currently live. Kallio has many features of a good city. The population density creates the conditions for a lively city culture from block parties to ground floor shops. Small parks create breathing oases and you can travel from one place to another with tram or city bike in mere minutes. People meet each other while traveling short distances and communal events create feeling of togetherness. Everyone can be themselves and everybody is looked after.
We are the generation, on the shoulders of whom halting the climate change has fallen. It is important to the mankind to take responsibility for reducing emissions quickly. Protection of the nature must be a key objective to the society. The culture in doing business will need to change towards favouring increasingly ecological practices. In the continually urbanizing world, city planning has great significance in enabling ecological societies. At the same time, we may not forget social fairness and those that are underprivileged in the society. Each and everyone of us must have the possibility to income and human living conditions, independently of country, background, or personal characteristics. Discrimination cannot be allowed in any form. Racism and sexism must not be approved under any circumstances and discriminating social structures must be pulled down.
Helsinki developes rapidly towards becoming a living metropolis, ecologically and socially fair city. Check in for more of my thoughts about the future of Helsinki
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Member of Parliament, Member of the City Council of Helsinki
Member of Parliament
Poverty Reasearcer, Vice president of the Greens in Finland
President of the National Union of the University Students in Finland 2016
Member of Parliament, Vice President of the Greens in Finland and a Member of City Council of Jyväskylä