Who is Niklas?
41-year-old father from East Helsinki, climate professional and Green candidate in municipal elections.
When shouting from the sidelines is no longer enough, you enter the game.
Although significant progress has been achieved in climate work, political change remains too slow. This is my main reason for running for Helsinki City Council.
For ten years, I have been working for the climate in both civil society organisations and companies. The winter sports enthusiasts’ climate movement Protect Our Winters was brought to Finland by me. At the moment, I am working at Compensate as Chief Impact Officer.
I have previously been working for sustainable development at CMI, the conflict resolution organisation founded by President Martti Ahtisaari, and at Save the Children. My full CV can be found on LinkedIn.
My main goal is to push Helsinki towards even more ambitious climate measures and above all to take the climate crisis into account in all decision-making.
I seek to change the way climate change is discussed. Too often climate measures are framed by decision-makers through narratives of fear and losing. Yet in fact they are improvements and steps towards a cleaner and more sustainable life and society.
We are currently living in critical times in terms of the climate crisis. Taking action for the climate is quite simply a responsibility we no longer can postpone and run away from.
Another topic close to my heart is caring for the nature in Helsinki and ensuring its diversity. For me Helsinki at its best is the nature – parks, beaches, islands, forests and the sea. During the Covid pandemic, many people in Helsinki have realized the value of the nature also in the city. Protecting the natural environment in our city requires active and determined work.
The third topic I advocate for is vibrant suburbs. The majority of Helsinki citizens live in suburbs, yet sometimes this seems to be forgotten in municipal decision-making. The city must be developed for all its inhabitants, and these discussions must include the voices from the suburbs.
As a father of a bilingual family and having grown up in one myself, I think increased attention should be paid to multilingual families in Helsinki, including in our schools. Multilingualism is an asset to be supported and encouraged.