On Friday 9th of October I headed down to Cornwall for NUS’s Students Organising for Sustainability Conference being held in no better and more exciting a place than the Eden Project. I was delighted to reunite with Ann and Victoria in such a lovely location!
The Conference unfolded nicely with introductions, and two concurrent workshops, one looking at reformation of curriculum, the second exploring students role as activists in organizing for wider social change. I attended the latter workshop, which was an opportunity to share ideas, projects and actions led by students in schools and universities across the UK. Personally the workshop was a well-needed reminder- I have found myself despairing over the lack of student engagement and apathy towards climate change at university- that students across the UK are developing great initiatives such as Charity Drive Collections, Meat Free Campaigns, “I am the Difference” Campaigns and being mentors for primary school students, in order to increase awareness of and develop towards a more sustainable environment.
Before digging in to a chops-licking (and vegetarian) meal, we gathered for an inspiring speech by Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake from the Hard Rain Project. Finally we were invited to explore both the Mediterranean and Rainforest biomes, with student music and art displays, themed around climate change and sustainability.
Overall it was a refreshing experience leaving me reassured with the notion that students across schools and universities are mobilizing for sustainability. All the while reminding us of the necessity to maintain the momentum and enthusiasm in raising awareness and developing for a more sustainable society in the build up to, and just as importantly, beyond COP 2015!
You can find out more about Students Organising for Sustainability on their online platform and if you are a part of network which represents students can sign-up for free.
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