The goals of the town Espoo are high. The goal is to be a climate neutral City by 2030, to adapt well to the risks of climate change and to develop economically, ecologically, socially, and culturally sustainable. The sustainable development goals are planned to be achieved by 2025. The goals are tough but so far, the pace has been good. I think it is important that all Esbobor of different ages and in different life situations stay involved. In addition to climate goals, social sustainability will be achieved only if financial plans are prepared and decided on in a human and ecological sustainable manner. Experience shows that the needs of people and businesses can be considered without compromising biodiversity, species and their habitats that are a resource for all.
In Espoo there always is an issue on the agenda on how to make the city self-sufficient in terms of jobs, and attractive to companies of different sizes. The solution obviously is not anymore one new large international company but rather several companies active in the Finnish and may be also international markets. The level of well-being services available to people living in Espoo is not a foregone conclusion.
The means to secure services must be built in the budgets every year. Every resident of the city is valuable, and therefore every residential area is valuable. Cooperation with residents, their groups and companies is important in order to target services fairly.
Finland's second largest city is thus moving towards high goals and trusting that the city and its residents have a good future ahead of them. We need to work on that. Together.