I’m Atte Harjanne, a 36 year old member of parliament and member of Helsinki city council living in Kallio. Previously I worked as a researcher studying economic and social impacts of climate change.
In politics I have two overarching goals. First, I want to bring more scientific and expert knowledge to politics and decision-making. In the face of the social, economic and environmental challenges of today we need to base our policies on knowledge, not images. While policy-making is and should be based on values, it needs solid science and research to build on.
Second, I want to build bridges and create shared understanding across different perspectives. Too much of current politics is about playing zero-sum games and collecting points instead of actually making the world a better place.
I’m running to keep my seat at Helsinki city council in the spring 2021 municipal elections. Most important theme for me is the sustainable growth of Helsinki. This means building more homes to keep them affordable, tackling climate change and biodiversity loss seriously in all aspects of city policy and investing in sustainable and smooth transportation by focusing on walking, cycling, electrification and rail connections.