On Monday 18 March, the Exeter Students’ Guild launched Go Green Week, a weeklong event aiming to raise the student body’s awareness of sustainability issues.
The Forum hosted several events throughout week. An ‘Ideas Tree’ was available in the campus centre for students to contribute ‘sustainability pledges’ to improve the university’s policies towards managing climate change.
There were also several scheduled lectures, including ‘Treeconomics: The Value of Trees’ at Newman Red LT. Attendees learnt about the important role trees play in the natural environment.
Moreover, a ‘Community Warden Litter Pick’ event was open to students, who joined the university’s community warden team to litter pick around the campus grounds.
WHETHER YOU’D RATHER BE INDOORS OR IN THE MUD, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
The Guild have also opened an ongoing student feedback system titled Eco Echo. Interested students can submit ideas regarding environmental issues to the DVP Sustainability. Moreover, students are encouraged to tweet questions and ideas to the #MyGreenChange.
Some of these posts were addressed at a special Q&A panel event which took place at Streatham Court D at the close of Go Green Week.
James Wijesinghe, DVP Sustainability, told Exeposé ‘Our aim is to raise awareness of global and local environmental issues, facilitating education and action to help alleviate such problems. By pledging a #MyGreenChange we hope people will make their day-to-day lives more sustainable. There are also opportunities to make environmental recommendations to the University/Guild, and to learn about their upcoming projects and strategies. Whether you’d rather be indoors or in the mud, there’s something for everyone. The onus of climate change is on us’.