Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Today is World Poetry Day (üleilmne luulepäev)

One of Estonia's  most beloved poems is Juhan Liivi's 'Ta lendab mesipuu poole' (he flies towards the beehive).

HSBC report reveals Estonia is one of five countries least vulnerable to climate change

Estonia is one of five countries considered the least vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study by HSBC. 

The bank assessed 67 developed, emerging and frontier markets on vulnerability to the physical impacts of climate change, sensitivity to extreme weather events, exposure to energy transition risks and ability to respond to climate change.

According to the report released on Monday, India is the most vulnerable country to climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh. The five countries considered the least vulnerable to climate change risk are Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and New Zealand.

The 67 nations represent almost a third of the world’s nation states, 80 percent of the global population and 94 percent of global gross domestic product.

Of the four nations assessed by the bank to be most vulnerable, India has said climate change could cut agricultural incomes, particularly unirrigated areas that would be hit hardest by rising temperatures and declines in rainfall.

Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines are susceptible to extreme weather events, such as storms and flooding. Pakistan was ranked by HSBC among nations least well-equipped to respond to climate risks.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

From Estonia to Thirlmere: Mall Juske’s migrant farming story

The Estonian migrant community is deeply woven into the fabric of Wollondilly’s history.

Families fled their war-ravaged homeland after World War II to make a new life in Australia.

They set up poultry farms, established a bustling market and eventually helped Thirlmere become the largest egg producer in Australia in the 1970s.

Mall Juske is just one of the farmers who played an important role in Thirlmere’s farming history.

She now lives at Taara Gardens retirement village in Thirlmere.

To read the full Wollondilly Advertiser article, please click here: From Estonia to Thirlmere: Mall Juske’s migrant farming story

VIDEO: Greip - Vihma Loits (Rain Spell)

I've got this Greip song stuck in my head this morning. It's such a catchy tune! Tule tule õllele...

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Estonian Short film: Eestluse eestvedajad Londonis

Ida Lemsalu and Aili Eistrat are 90-year-old Estonians who fled their homeland due to the Soviet occupation. They both spent time living in German DP camps before settling in England. Ida and Aili have been living in London for the past 70 years but their hearts are still in Estonia. Both ladies are active in the Estonian community in London and this film was made as part of a project for the National Archives.