Planting seeds of action
Description/achievement of initiative

An example of a grassroots inititative for sustainable develpoment, how a teacher can start an educational movement for the environment.

Implementation methodologies

Every action towards sustainability is needed, starting from the grassroot initiatives. This book is about one of them, called Environment Online. A seed was planted by a classroom teacher at a rural school of Eno in Eastern Finland. In 12 years this virtual school and network has extended its branches to nearly 10 000 schools in 151 countries.

The book contains pedagogical and scientific articles related to sustainable lifestyle and the ENO process, written by eminent Finnish scholars in the fields of education, ethics, and forestry. It also presents concrete examples of the activities and effect of ENO in South East Asia and Brazil, and ends with environmental stories by ENO students from different parts of the world.

This book was a big effort on the ENO network. Thanks to its writers who made voluntary work and were not paid. With this book we want to show Rio attendants what we do in ENO and find new partners to work in co-operation with.


ENO Programme Association Finland
Deliverable Date
January: Planning the book 2012
February-March: Articles for the book 2012
April: Design, layout 2012
May: Book was printed 2012
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Financing (in USD) $35,000
In-kind contribution articles for the book
Staff / Technical expertise articles by experts in the field of education, forestry and ethics
Other, please specify 20 000 USD donated by ministry of environment, Finland

Mika Vanhanen, director, founder,

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