Between the 7th and the 14th February, People & Planet groups are joining forces with University and college staff & student unions across the country. Young Academic has discovered that they will be holding a week of events to raise awareness of the simple yet important changes that we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle climate change. This is great news for any students in the UK looking to play their part in improving the environment.
Students across the UK, from Exeter to Aberdeen and across London, are showcasing creative and practical activities that promote sustainable living such as veggie food feasts, grow your own workshops, Dr Bike cycle clinics, and swap shops.
Falling so close to Valentine’s Day, the theme for this years’ Go Green Week is “Love your Future, Love your Climate”. Students will be getting steamy with Carbon Speed Dating events which put a fun twist on speed-dating to help people reduce their carbon footprints. Back by popular demand, Can Film Festivals will return to universities, giving film goers the chance to see a film for free, in exchange for bringing along empty drinks cans for recycling.
Jesse Scharf, a member of People & Planet at Roehampton University, who is organising a Can Film Festival said: “The benefit of Go Green Week is that it brings together people from all over the university who wouldn’t necessarily be involved in ‘green issues’. By putting on events which are fun, accessible and rewarding we can reach out beyond the usual “eco”-suspects.”
Kerry Horvath, a staff member at London South Bank University said: “If enough students change their behaviour collectively we can have a big impact on our institution’s carbon footprint. LSBU hopes that with support from students during Go Green Week we can raise the universities environmental profile and positively contribute to the university’s carbon reduction plans.”
Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in 100s of schools, colleges and universities. Go Green Week 2011 will expose the key role education institutions can play in tackling climate change and challenging unsustainable behaviour patterns. By showing commitment to reducing their carbon footprints, students can put pressure on their institutions to cut the carbon and encourage the transition to a low-carbon, future-proof education sector.