Tips for an environmentally friendly camp

Did you know that Kajo is the first large camp where environmental impact is investigated by counting and documenting the carbon footprint? With the help of this information, we can continue to reduce the climate impact of large camps in the future.

13,000 participants inevitably leave a mark on Evo’s environment, but each participant still has a responsibility to keep this to a minimum. Here are some simple tips to help you reduce your environmental impact during Kajo.

  1. Do not litter.
  2. Avoid disposable materials, prefer reusable items.
  3. Recycle your rubbish at the sub-camps’ waste areas or the other recycling points. At Kajo, we sort energy, mixed and biological waste, paper, cardboard, glass, metal, electronics and batteries.
  4. Use only biodegradable hygiene items such as shampoo and soap.
  5. Do not use detergents in the lake.
  6. Do not use harmful devices or poisons. For example, electronic mosquito protection can be a major environmental risk in large camps such as Kajo.
  7. Spit in a bucket when brushing your teeth. You must not spit anything on the ground because Evo is a groundwater area.
  8. Do not throw away food. Take only as much food as you can eat so we avoid wasting food.
  9. Do not cut down trees and use suitable straps for the hammocks to prevent damage to trees.
  10. Do not make new paths and do not dig into the ground.
  11. Only start an open fire in designated areas. Follow forest fire warnings and campfire instructions.
  12. Visit the program valleys! You can learn more about environmental themes, for example in Peace Valley and Life Valley.

Text: Maija Tupala

Translation: Ger Hennessy

Photo: Kristian Jokinen