• When Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tydén and Valery Gergiev met in the early 2000s they spoke about the Baltic's environmental problems and what musicians can do for a healthier sea. The result was the Baltic Sea Festival, which, in addition to being a world-class music festival, is also a platform for talks about the Baltic Sea environment. Conversations that take place both at the decision-maker level and at the individual level.
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  • Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and founder of the Baltic Sea Festival

    “In the early 2000’s, one of my children asked me why there is algae bloom and why it makes it impossible to swim in the Baltic Sea. I answered that it’s because there’s so many toxins released into the sea. “But daddy, isn’t that criminal?” That’s a difficult question...”

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  • Johan Rockström, Environmental Professor and Head of Stockholm Resilience Centre

    "The Baltic Sea is the most polluted sea in the world. Nevertheless, the white-tailed eagle drifts around my island, hatch in the ancient firs and catch fish from the water. To summarize the problem: the sea is dying, the eagles are alive.”

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  • Per Byman, Secretary General, Radiohjälpen

    The fund-raising project “Help us help the Baltic Sea” is a partnership between the Baltic Sea Festival, Berwaldhallen and Radiohjälpen that collects money for projects aimed at improving the environmental situation in and around the Baltic Sea.

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  • Sarah Bohman, Operations Manager, Raoul Wallenberg Academy

    "At the Raoul Wallenberg Academy we are convinced that every person can make a difference given the right knowledge, tools and context. So start with yourself. What habits can you change today to become more climate-friendly and protect the Baltic Sea?”

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  • Anders Alm, Senior Advisor (the Baltic Sea), World Wildlife Fund, WWF

    "You don’t have to do anything spectacular to save the Baltic Sea. It’s enough to have a routine that helps reduce the human footprint.”

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  • Malin Broman, Concertmaster, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director, Musica Vitae

    "I was so fond of last year's seminar programme because I learned so much. I hope that this year's Baltic Sea Festival will make me think even more!”

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  • Marie Samuelsson, composer

    1. In order to reduce the environmental impact, ensure that what you buy is eco labelled and sustainably produced.

    2. Eat a less meat and don’t throw away edible food. Agriculture is the single largest source of nitrogen and phosphorus leakage into the Baltic Sea so be more conscious of your food and eating habits.

    3. Don’t litter and do pick up litter you find, especially plastic that is flushed into the sea via tidal wells. Plastic is degraded to micro-plastic that damage fish and birds.

    4. Don’t use make-up and hygiene products containing micro-plastic.

    5. Don’t pee in the water. Urine contains large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus that contribute to the eutrophication.

    6. Eat less cod from the Baltic Sea. The Baltic cod is still threatened so you should reduce your consumption

  • If you have a Swedish cell phone you can donate SEK 100 to “Help us help the Baltic Sea” by texting VAT to 72 999.

    You can also contribute by a donation in connection with your ticket purchase at berwaldhallen.se or at Berwaldhallen's ticket office. For each sold programme magazine SEK 10 is donated to the Project.

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