ENO - 15 years of grassroot diplomacy

posted Feb 2, 2015, 1:19 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 9:11 PM ]

Grassroot diplomacy from Finland

"What could be more valuable in these times than interaction between children and youth and crossing linguistic and cultural borders? Nature and environmental protection is our common issue" ambassador Harri Kämäräinen said recently, after he met an Iranian school group who reported about their visit to the ENO seminar in Joensuu, Finland.

Environment Online - ENO is a global school and network for sustainable development that was launched at Eno Primary School in North Karelia, Finland. After a hard and dedicated work this network has spread to over 10 000 schools in 157 countries.
Most of schools come from less developed countries.Environmental themes are studied through activities and global campaigns arranged simultaneously around the world, locally and globally. ENO extends learning also to local communities and today there are already 50 cities in 20 countries as members in the ENO Green Cities Network. Cities are committed to assist schools in their environmental activities. The ENO Programme is run by an association based in Joensuu and is also supported by the city of Joensuu.

Tree planting is the most visible form of action. It started on the international day for peace in 2004, the same year when Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in tree planting. ENO aims to plant 100 million trees by 2017. This commitment was highlighted in Rio+20 Summit and featured in the summary of out of all the 700 pledges made for Rio. So far, 18 million trees have been planted and governments from seven countries have officially made a commitment to empower children and youth to plant trees in their countries. The overall number of trees is now 93 million. Amongst other countries, Finland's neighbour Estonia supports this campaign.

It has been a long and winding road. Ministries in Finland have agreed the importance of ENO and given many prizes. But they have not supported the overall programme. Maybe it has been too difficult to understand how impressive and widely spread ENO is. As well as this project builds peace through environment. Embassies of Finland have participated in these activities. The ambassador of Finland in Iran summarizes that "ENO is grassroot diplomacy as its best".

Mika Vanhanen, founder, CEO
The ENO Programme Association
Joensuu, Finland

ENO Launches Acorn Project!

posted Oct 1, 2014, 4:35 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 4:41 AM ]


          Great things may come from small beginnings

Schools who are interested in growing oak seedlings from acorn, this is your project.  Seedlings can be planted on ENO Tree Planting Days, on favourable seasons or in 2017 when we will achieve the goal of 100 million trees!

Download instructions below (pdf)

AND Register here!

"Plant your tree" in Albania

posted Mar 12, 2014, 1:49 AM by Mika Vanhanen

This report is by ENO Albania, Ina Kasimati:

"I'm glad to tell you that our event Plant your tree has gone very well. We have planted 600 trees. Many young people, children, parents, students are included for planting and taking care for our trees. These trees we have planted in our capital city Tirana ( in the largest park of Tirana, at the near of the River Lana, to the Center of hospital "Mather Tereza",  to the some schools, kinder gardens,) Last Sunday we have planted 75 olive trees to the orphanage together with representatives of the Association of Blind.Wonderful. Also a  youth NGO in other city , Elbasan< last week sow 50 trees, a ENO school in Berat city has planted 10 trees. Tomorrow I am going to meet the General director In Ministry Of Education and sport to talk about Treelympics 2014. Our event Plant your tree will continue next week with action  the planting of 200 trees in the bigest  land field of waste of Tirana and many trees planting by the students. Keep in touch."

ENO planted trees and did voluntary work in honour for Nelson Mandela

posted Jan 27, 2014, 4:47 AM by Mika Vanhanen

Nelson Mandela inspired millions of people all over the world in his lifetime to do good and he keeps on inspiring even after passing away.

To commemorate him, Environment Online launched a campaign where everyone can dedicate one hour of their time to service of the community or to those who require assistance, or plant a tree in honor of the work Mandela did during his life. From South-Africa to Philippines, from Romania to Brazil, seedlings have been planted, elderly people delighted with Christmas buns, and people in rehabilitation kept company in memory of the man who made tremendous efforts to bring peace to the world. Find the story of campaign here.

ENO Tree Planting Day in Malta 15 Jan 2014

posted Jan 16, 2014, 2:55 AM by Mika Vanhanen

Let us children plant hope in our life

Ninety students from nine schools participating in the LEAF (Learning About Forests) programme today planted 200 indigenous dwarf fan palm trees at Xrobb l-Għaġin Park and Sustainable Development Centre. Some of the trees were grown from seeds by the students themselves. Other trees were jointly sponsored by local councils and a local bank. The event was organized in collaboration with PARKs and the Plant Health directorates within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. Hon. Leo Brincat - Minister for Sustainable Development, the Enviroment and Climate Change was also present for the event.


In his welcoming speech Nature Trust Malta Executive President Mr Vincent Attard, thanked the workers and officers within the respective departments for supporting schools in the LEAF programme. He said that when the programme was introduced 3 years ago most were understandably sceptic about the success of the programme since our native forests have been receding ever since the arrival of the first inhabitants and according to the latest State of the Environment Report forest land cover stands at 1%.  Nevertheless, thanks to the interest shown by various educators and the students’ enthusiasm, the programme is now picking up fast and last year four schools were awarded the prestigious international LEAF Award.     

Mr Johann Gatt, LEAF National coordinator elaborated on four key aspects that the programme tries to address based on the realities of the local scenario:preserving the last remaining pockets of native forest, instilling love for trees, making responsible choices, and planting more trees.  Mr Gatt said that each year LEAF Malta receives a number of requests from international lobby groups to join in tree planting events in a bid to enhance biodiversity, prevent soil erosion, offset carbon emissions, restore native forests and other similar noble causes.  ENO Tree Planting Day for Peace is one such campaign and with today’s event Malta will be joining 150 countries around the world to send a strong message in favour of cultural diversity and tolerance’ Mr Gatt said.  

The students’ speech was however the main highlight of the event. The students outlined the main benefits of trees and through a series of pertinent pledges urged the general public to do their part, pull up their socks and start to lead by example.

10 Trees in a circle for ENO and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

posted Aug 11, 2013, 10:20 PM by Mika Vanhanen

Proposed Signs for ENO Peace Circle 20 September

10 trees represents ENO and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates 2004-2012.

1.    ENO Programme, 10th tree planting for peace 2004-2013
2:    Wangari Maathai, 2004
3.    International Atomic Energy Agency/Mohamed ElBaradei, 2005
4.    Muhammad Yunus; Grameen Bank, 2006
5.    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Al Gore, 2007
6.    Martti Ahtisaari, 2008
7.    Barack Obama.2009
8.    Liu Xiaobo. 2010
9.    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Leymah Gbowee;Tawakel Karman, 2011
10.   European Union, 2012

Plant 10 trees for peace in a circle!

posted Jul 9, 2013, 7:39 AM by Mika Vanhanen

ENO will celebrate its 10th time to plant trees for peace 20 September 2013. As this event is more symbolic, many schools have planted a trees or a couple of them. Next time we suggest that 10 trees would be planted as a circle, to symbolise 10th peace trees since 2004.
In addition, with every 10 trees there will be signs with them, each of them explaining why we need peace locally and globally. This round shape also reminds us of peace symbol, originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement.

As 10 trees require some space, it is ok to plant 1-3 trees as well. We are waiting to see and hear about your planting!


Charles K. A. Aboagye and 1 000 trees in Ghana

posted Feb 27, 2013, 10:58 PM by Mika Vanhanen

Charles K. A. Aboagye had the project of plant 1 000 trees! This took place at  Al-Kasmia Islamic Basic School to commemorate the ENO Day in 2012 September. Congratulations! See photo below and some more of them from their activities!

Mr. Charles K.A.Aboagye (left), Alimatu Iddrisu, a Junior High School Student
and Alhaji Nuhu ( Heard Master of the School) planting trees as other Student wait for their turn.

Saint Paul's Methodist School and Pentecost Basic School in last year may 2012

 2011 September. Mr. Adu Boampong ( middle), Greater Accra Regional Director, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Obonu FM, Charles K.A.Aboagye, the CEO of The Perfect Example Environmental Foundation and Nana Ama Aboagye, a student of the Pentecost Basic School, Tema planting a tree at the premises of the Obonu FM in Tema. Those looking on are the staff of the Corporation and Students of the School.

Burundi: Schools plant trees

posted Feb 11, 2013, 7:34 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 7:39 AM ]

In 2012 schools plant trees for ENO in many provinces of Burundi, Africa. These photos come from ENO Burundi Coordinator, Sebagabo Francois. They have planned to plant six times during 2013.

Mauritius: Girls Secondary School Belle Rose SSS

posted Feb 7, 2013, 9:30 PM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Feb 7, 2013, 9:31 PM ]

We have set up a native corner in the school premises and already have put in the open ground there more than 50 plants. The plants were received by the Ministry of Forestry Services. I am the teacher in charge of the Botanical Club and we have as members very dedicated girls who are doing a really good work.  I would like to share a few pictures during a tree planting day at our school.

Rechad Golamaully, Chemistry teacher

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