Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bikes in an auction on 4th october

Thanks, someone nice from us enves posted to all in enve email information about this auction where you might find bikes and other stuff. Copied from that mail:

"The police auction on Sunday 4th October if you need a bicycle (at the Tampere police station quite close to the bus station). The auction sells a lot of crap so I took some time to translate the announcement, which can be viewed here;


Bicycles will be put on display at 11:30 and the auction itself begins 12:00 at the main police station's inner court parking lot."

I have myself been to the auction once before and I must admit that I think most of the bikes were sold with too high price. That means that people there had no idea about market prices in my opinion.. So be critical about the prices, there are many other ways to find a used and cheap bike too. But at least the auction is something fun and interesting if nothing else. Be fast there, they have so many bikes that they are superfast in shouting them away!! and bring some cash with you. The other things they have such as digital cameras sound interesting too, hmm.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Registration of candidates for the student council election starts 22nd of September

Enve students, Did you notice this from Intra?

I would be really glad to see minimum of one active enve student there in the new council of TAMK and PIRAMK. Please enroll, there are no requirements to speak Finnish to enrol and be member of the union and in the council and board! I wish you good luck, and most importantly when the election comes all enves remember to vote the enve candidates! When we have a representative there in the council of the student union it is far more easy to get our voices heard whether it was the sports times that we want to reserve or the environmental issues we want to promote in new TAMK or anything, you name it.


TAMK University of Applied Sciences and Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences merge 1stof January 2010. On the same day their statutory students' unions Tamko and PAKO merge as well. The new students' union will be called The Students' Union of TAMK University of Applied Sciences (Tamko). The first coucil of the students' union will be voted upon 3rd and 4th of November. The council of 21 student members is the highes decicion-making power in the students' union as it decides upon the resources and objectives of the students' union as well as chooses the executive board of the union.

Registration of candidates for the students' union council election starts 22nd of September and lasts until 8th of October. All members of Students' Union Tamko and PAKO can put up as a candidate. Do note, that the council works in Finnish, so adequate Finnish skills are needed in order to manage the task of the representative. You can registrate as a candidate with a form you can find from the offices of the students' Unions Tamko and PAKO. Find out more from the websites of the students' unions and from the current chairpersons of the executive boards.

Tessa Ekola
044 0826560

Suvi Saarinen
045 672 2651


Sunday, September 20, 2009

"The Age of Stupid"

Hello everyone.

OK, some blatant advertising here, and I am hoping that for many of us this will severe as a reminder to go see this film, but just in case you have not noticed this here goes.

What: a film...

"The Age of Stupid"

"The Age of Stupid is the new four-year epic from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?"

What are people saying about this film?:

  • The Guardian: "The first successful dramatisation of climate change to reach the big screen." and “Fascinating. The message, never stated but constantly emerging, is that we all have our self-justifying myths. These myths prevent us from engaging with climate change.” Read full review here
  • The Ecologist magazine: “Fantastic. Knocks spots off An Inconvenient Truth” Read full review here.
  • "I hate this film. I felt as if I was watching all my own excuses for not doing anything about climate change being stripped away from me. And it's tender and funny and wise as well.Can I just pretend I never saw it?" William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated writer of Shadowlands and Gladiator
  • "This wonderful film is like a bucket of cold water. I hope it wakes people from their slumber and helps galvanise real pressure on politicians to come up with an effective deal at the Copenhagen climate change summit." Tony Juniper, former head of Friends of the Earth
  • "Every single person in the country should be forcibly made to watch this film". Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London
Where and when can I see it?: PLEVNA, Itäinenkatu 4, 33210 Tampere. Tuesday 22/09/2009. 18:45!

Don't be late, and DON'T BRING THE CAR! Walk or bike please... ;-)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Climate bill - what is it? - Mikä ilmastolaki?

Climate bill - what is it?

Event in Tampere about the Finnish Big Ask -campaign (Polttava Kysymys) and how to join to effect to climate politics in Finland. Event language is in Finnish and the advertisement in
Finnish below.

When: 23.9. at 6 pm in restaurant Artturi (Kauppakatu 9, Tampere)


Mikä ilmastolaki?

Tervetuloa tutustumaan ilmastopolitiikan nykytilanteeseen ja Polttava
kysymys -kampanjaan keskiviikkona 23.9. klo 18 Ravintola Artturissa
(Kauppakatu 9, Tampere).

Kampanjakoordinaattori Meri Pukarinen alustaa tilaisuudessa
ilmastopolitiikan nykytilanteesta Suomessa ja ma
ailmalla, ja kertoo
mistä ilmastolaissa ja sitä vaativassa Polttava kysymys -kampanjassa
lopulta oikein on kysymys.

Esittelyssä ovat lisäksi Tampereen Maan ystävät, sekä Suomen Polttava
kysymys -kampanjan Tampereen paikallisryhmä.

Jaossa keksejä, teetä ja vinkkejä konkreettiseen toimintaan ilmasto-

ja ympäristöasioihin vaikuttamiseksi! Älä missaa tätä!

Lisätietoja: Petra Joensuu 050-3789664

Monday, September 14, 2009

World Carfree Day on 22 September

Friends of the Earth Finland's member association in Tampere arranges biking "event" in Tampere in the World Carfree Day on September 22nd. The event is biking together in the city to have fun and show to cars that bikers have a right to exist and drive safely in the city too. Together with a big amount of people we can make an impact right here in Tampere where it often feels unsafe to bike in the road with the cars or diffcult in the path with the pedestrians. Gathering together will be 22.9.2009 at 5 pm in Tullintori (between Klubi and Passion).

What is it really about?:

"Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society." Learn more here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Big second hand sales event in Tampere on 13.9.

This is a must to go. Tomorrow 13.9. big second hand sales event in the middle of the city in Keskustori. Sellers come with their cars and park them to the places in Keskustori which they have reserved and sell from their trunk :) Really nice stuff with mostly good prices, dont forget to bargain and take enough cash and bags (to carry the items you buy) with you :P

The second hand event is on
13th September from 10-15 only!

See more from this link

picture: aamulehti/moro

Friday, September 11, 2009

NEWS update: The Rise of 'Climate Protectionism'

Something interesting related to climate change and global change from South Centre.

South Bulletin (Issue 40, 10 September 2009) - The Rise of 'Climate Protectionism'

Any opinions about this? The forum (this blog and posting by comments below here) is open for discussion :)

(picture: Southcentre.org)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Practical Training - Eilat, Israel

I have been doing my practical training in the southern city of Israel - Eilat.
Surrounding by amazing mountains and lovely coral reef bay and temperatures that rises to +40.

I was working in the National Center for Mariculture (NCM) which is the research institute of aquaculture in Israel. My task
was to improve the Denitrification Unit that
was developed in the institute.

Till 2005 the growth of fish made at sea by fish cages. Due to the rapid degradation of the coral reef conditions the cages were pulled out and a land base system was developed. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous which excreting by the fish causing growth of algae which blocks the sun light and the effect is a relatively fast death of coral reefs life.

To prevent nutrients flow to the sea the land system uses 2 processes: Nitrification and Denitrification. When the denitrification reactor was built, researchers noticed a unique process which breaks the Nitrate (NO3) to Nitrogen Gas (N2) called Anammox. Nitrification bacteria breaks the Ammonia (NH3) into Nitrite (NO2) and Nitrate and the Denitrification process breaks the Nitrate into nitrogen gas by using the anammox bacteria.

The development of the denitrification unit is part of the MERC project financed by the USAID. The main goal of the project is to developing a RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture system) which will reduce the impact of the Aqaba Bay sea life. The project is a cooperation between NCM in Eilat and MSS (The Marine Science Station) in Aqaba with technological assistant of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa, Israel.

When i think at my 6 months of training i could definitely say i learned a lot. During my training i have been experiencing field work and sampling, laboratory work and office work while the experience of doing practical work do help you get more confident on your abilities and actions.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Climate change related lectures in the University of Tampere

Interested in Climate change? There is something going on in the University of Tampere, its on Finnish, but those able to follow that one please check:

Ilmastonmuutosaiheinen luentosarja 7.9.-12.10.2009 yliopistolla


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sports for Enves on Fridays!

Common P.E. turn for all Enve's, meaning that every Friday the TAMK gym (and sports hall) is in our use from 12.00 to 14.00 o'clock.

We can play futsal, floorball and basketball and the possibility to use the gym
will be clarified later. Most likely it can be used. This turn is for all Enve's and there is a possibility to go to shower and Sauna after the games. FREE OF CHARGE for us Enves!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask at here by commenting this post or contact GLOBE board: globe.tamk(at)gmail.com

Let's play some floorball.. :)

G.L.O.B.E. - kick off meeting for autumn 2009

Friday 4th September after the sports opportunity (will post about this separately and more soon!) for us enves we will have a kick off meeting for G.L.O.B.E. student club for this autumn. EVERY ENVE-student is welcome!

What: G.L.O.B.E. Student Club's meeting and catch up
Where: At TAMK, in info cafe (lunch place next to the library)
Who: All environmental Engineering students interested in environmental activities, trips, excursions, parties, or what ever comes up to your mind..
When: 4th September, at 14:30