Koijärvi Movement

A camp of the Koijärvi Movement on the morning of 21 April 1979. Ville Komsi [fi] and Irina Krohn, second and third from the right, would later become members of the Finnish parliament for the Green League.

The Koijärvi Movement (Finnish: Koijärvi-liike) was a Finnish environmental movement that started in the spring of 1979. Its objective was to prevent the draining of Lake Koijärvi [fi] near Forssa, an important bird habitat.[1] The struggle lasted for two years and brought together previously fragmented, small circles of environmental activists to form a national movement.[2][3] It was one of the most prominent of a wave of environmental actions in Finland at the time that led to the formation of the political party the Green League and the election of Greens to the Finnish parliament and hastened the establishment of a national environmental ministry.[4]


  1. ^ Rytsä, Paavo (2011-11-21) [2006-09-08]. "Koijärven esittely" (in Finnish). YLE.
  2. ^ Soinïnvaara, Osmo (1983). "Alternative Movements in Finland". In Siciński, Andrzej; Wemegah, Monica (eds.). Alternative Ways of Life in Contemporary Europe. Tokyo: United Nations University. pp. 44–45. ISBN 9789280804591.
  3. ^ Peltonen, Lasse (2006). "Fluids on the move: an analogical account of environmental mobilization". In Haila, Yrjö; Dyke, Chuck (eds.). How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University. p. 168. ISBN 9780822337256.
  4. ^ Rannikko, Pertti (1996). "Local Environmental Conflicts and the Change in Environmental Consciousness". Acta Sociologica. 39 (1): 61. JSTOR 4194805.

Further readingEdit

  • Järvikoski, Timo (1981). "Alternative Movements in Finland: The Case of Koijärvi". Acta Sociologica. 24 (4): 313–20. JSTOR 4194366.
  • Salo, Marja-Leena (2009). Kahleissa Koijärvellä (in Finnish). Helsinki: Edita. ISBN 978-951-37-5421-1.