In the 90th anniversary party of Helsinki Student Theatre last autumn I met two colleagues with whom I crawled the streets of Helsinki on all fours ten years ago. It was a result of Reality Research Centre workshop, a new form of public demonstration. Back then we crawled for striking nurses, asylum seekers and victims of climate change.
Me and my colleagues thought that today there’s more reasons to drop to your knees than ever. After a brain storm meeting in January we came up with a plan to crawl for future generations.
Personally, I think of my nephew when I think of future generations, and the old question of what kind of world we are leaving to our children and to our childrens’ childeren and so on. In terms of ecology, equality or solidarity, the future prospect is grim. If you feel the same, please read the invitation below and join us!
The event is on Facebook.
Jussi Johnsson on all fours for victims of climate change in 2007. Photo: Jörn J. Burmester
ON ALL FOURS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
On sidewalks in the heart of Helsinki we crawl on all fours for future generations on Saturday 13th of May from 1pm to 2pm.
What do future generations need from us right now?
In order to survive and thrive they need renewable energy, equal share of resources, education and solidarity that encompasses all lifeforms. And they need it urgently.
For these reasons we are on all fours.
We fall on our hands and knees at 1pm at Three Smiths Statue and crawl through Aleksanterinkatu Street to Senate Square. There we greet the main building of University of Helsinki, Helsinki Cathedral and Government Palace. Perhaps someone from these institutions will join us or cheer us on. Then we make a round trip to greet The House of Nobility, Presidential Palace, Supreme Court and Embassy of Sweden. The journey ends in Virka-galleria in City Hall where Helsinki City representative will greet us.
Sign up or ask more: weonallfours(at)gmail.com or Facebook
Or you can also just join us at any point of the route and stop when ever you feel like it. Besides kneepads we recommend crawlers to wear trousers and gloves that can get dirty and torn.
On All Fours For Future Generations is arranged by Tuomas Tulikorpi, Janne Saarakkala and Reality Research Centre in cooperation with Friends of the Earth Finland, The Finnish Nature League and Dodo.
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p.s. I’m very happy our event coincides Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017.