Mika received Culture Awards 2013 from his municipality

posted Dec 25, 2013, 2:59 AM by Mika Vanhanen

The muncipality of Kontiolahti awarded Mika as Culture Awards 2013.

Mika put up a band and released his debut album!

posted Dec 25, 2013, 2:49 AM by Mika Vanhanen


After 20 years of making music, Mika made his dream finally come true: His own debut album, songs written by him.
This album was released 1 November 2013. It received nationally very positive comments by famous Finnish music journalists. This album was partly funded by crowdfunding.

Find more about this album and Mika's band on

Article about Mika featured the best in Finnish magazine

posted Dec 25, 2013, 2:42 AM by Mika Vanhanen

APRIL 2 2013

An article about Mika and ENO, written by Yrjö Rautio, was chosen the best article in the Finnish magazine "Apu", number 12/13 . See the article below in Finnish

Mika received special mention as Influential Educator 2012

posted Jan 29, 2013, 9:00 PM by Mika Vanhanen

Trade Union of Education in Finland gave awards to Mika  26 January 2013 in Educa Fair, Helsinki. He was awarded with Special Mention of Influential Educator 2012!

Mika's composition won in public voting!

posted Jan 29, 2013, 8:56 PM by Mika Vanhanen

Mika took part to a national contest in Finland organised by Ilta-Sanomat newspaper and Mr Vexi Salmi, legendary lyrics maker. Mr Salmi made lyrics for Christmas song and 300 compositions were submitted. Mika's song was chosen to TOP 20 and in the public voting it gathered 28% of all the votes given!

Here is a link to news in Finnish and Mika's song.

Mika's visit to Indonesia and The Philippines 1-8 Nov 2012

posted Dec 2, 2012, 10:51 PM by Mika Vanhanen

Mika was a special quest in the first national ENO Indonesia conference in OKI regency, South Sumatera. About 200 students from North and South Sumatra and Java took part.  In addition to workshops and lectures by eminent professors, a special tree planting event took place in Kayu Agung, simultaneously with ENO Schools in  India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Palau and the Philippines. About 300 schools in OKI planted 25 000 mahoni trees. Altogether 50 000 trees was planted at the same time.  This event was awarded as a national Indonesia record by MURI ( ).  The secretary from ministry of forestry were present as well as mayors from eight cities who signed agreements with ENO.

From Indonesia he went to the Philippines. Firstly he visited Iligan City in Mindano, the first ENO Green City in the Philippines. Then he went to Manila for a lecture about ENO in Miss Earth 2012 event. Mika also visited Cavite that signed an agreement on ENO Green Cities Network.

Mika's message in Tbilisi+35 Conference, Georgia

posted Sep 15, 2012, 8:29 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Sep 15, 2012, 8:36 AM ]

Because of success in Rio, Environment Online and Mika Vanhanen was invited to Tbilisi+35, an intergovernmental conference on environmental education for sustainable development. Ministers of environment or representatives from 103 were present. Conference took place 6-7 Sep 2012.

Mika had a speech in the conference, laying focus on ethical sustainability and suggested that United Nations should include this dimension clearly in its dimensions of sustainable development.

Mika plant trees with Dutch kids and Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima

posted Mar 15, 2012, 4:20 AM by Mika Vanhanen

On Wednesday, March 21th2012 the 56rd National Tree Festival will be organised in The Netherlands by Dutch National Tree Foundation. Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima will attend this Jubilee as Guest of Honour.  Mr Mika Vanhanen, the founder of the ENO Programme was also invited.

The Foundation was founded in 1957 by the former Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature-Management and Fisheries, as a response to the request of the United Nations, to all Member States of the United Nations to strive for an annual “World Festival of Trees”. This was suggested due to the enormous worldwide deforestation in the mid-fifties, causing erosion and resulting in desert-like situations in various already fragile ecosystems around the world.

The Dutch National Tree Foundation aims to address children and their parents, in a positive educational and enthusiastic way, informing them about the value of trees, their functions, their positive impact on people and the climate as well as their need for protection. Every year more than 115 000 of children plant over 200 000 trees and shrubs in the Netherlands.  During the last 55 years the Dutch youth, has planted over 11 million trees and shrubs in more than 350 municipalities.  

ENO Programme looks forward to co-operation with the foundation and invites Dutch schools and children to join ENO’s 100 Million Trees Campaign.

More information in Dutch:

Mika Vanhanen shortlisted for Forest Heroes Award by United Nations

posted Dec 28, 2011, 2:27 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 3:02 AM ]

Mika Vanhanen has been shortlisted for the United Nations International Year of Forests – Forest Heroes Award, one of only three individuals being considered for the prestigious European category. The five winners (one from each continent) will be announced and awarded at the Forests 2011 Closing Ceremonies on the 9th of February 2012 at  the United Nations in New York. UN will feature the stories and work of all five winners on the International Year of the Forest 2011 website to inspire and influence all of us. 

Vanhanen was nominated for the award by European Forest Institute and supported by Jane Goodall Institute and ENO schools around the world.  He is recognized about tree planting campaign in the Environment Online -ENO, a global virtual school for sustainable development that he founded 11 years ago.


Mika Vanhanen in the Presidential Palace 6 Dec 2011

posted Dec 8, 2011, 11:42 PM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Dec 8, 2011, 11:43 PM ]

Mika Vanhanen and his wife in the Presidential Palace 6 Dec 2011

Mika Vanhanen was invited to celebrate the Day of Independence by the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. This was a great honour for him and his wife, from all the work and time he has dedicated to the ENO Programme.

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