All municipalities seek ways to be more attractive and inviting. Nature is among our municipalities’ and cities’ best assets, but it is also much more – nature affects our quality of life and health, invites us to exercise more, and helps take the weight of everyday life off our minds. We must also make efforts in internal marketing; people living within the region have an excellent opportunity to promote their health and wellbeing in their surrounding areas. We should further improve the signposting for our nature paths so that as many people as possible can find their way to our various nature destinations.
City and municipality leaders, operators within various industries, businesses, organizations and the residents are all responsible for preserving our nature for the generations to come. This responsibility also sets us limitations and puts us under pressure to compromise, as has become evident in terms of our groundwater supply. However, the impact of clean groundwater to our residents’ wellbeing is undeniable and far-reaching. Climate change will influence bodies of water and the circulation of groundwater, and its impact may be unexpected. Many things we have taken for granted may no longer be a given as the world around us changes. We must anticipate the change and prepare ourselves for it.
Climate objectives both in the EU and in Finland encourage or, depending on viewpoint, force us to keep a closer eye on our emissions. These limitations should be turned into a strength. The circular economy creates a great platform for innovation, which in turn creates jobs, but above all the circular economy is a way of creating sustainable and far-reaching wellbeing with a look to the future. Being a pioneer creates pressure and encourages improvement. A municipality must be able to serve its residents in terms of changing values and expectations as well as the future.
This is a joint environmental review for Lahti and Hollola, despite the dismantlement of a shared environmental organization in 2015. Various indicators have been monitored regionally for a long time, and this long-term data brings a good viewpoint into our development. In 2017, the good news include the increase in municipal waste recycling rates, involvement and residential events, as well as in the use of varied communication channels in participation. Additionally, the number of days when air quality is poor has decreased.
Mayor Päivi Rahkonen
Mayor Jyrki Myllyvirta