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sophie atherton

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s.atherton@uea.ac.uk

are you ready to Go Green?

Next week is Go Green Week and it’s all about encouraging you to think more sustainably. We’ve got a series of events going on that are all tailored around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and these events are here to educate and to encourage students at UEA to Go Green. Here’s what we’ve got going on for you to get involved with... 

Monday: 

In the Hive the Leeway charity and the Feminist society will be hosting a Clothes Swish event where you can swap clothes! Come along between 11AM and 3PM. 

On Monday there will also be a sustainable careers talk called “How important are the UN sustainability development goals and why should we care?”. Whether you’re familiar with the topic or want to know more about what it means to be in a sustainable career, then come a long 2pm-3pm to the career central seminar room.  

Tuesday 

Why not join us on our Tree Walk between 1pm & 2pm, meet outside Zest just before 1pm if you’d like to come along.  

 

Wednesday 

Join is in the Hive 11am-3pm for an “Amnes-tea” party hosted by the Amnesty Society here at UEA. 

 

Friday 

To end the week, there will be a Go Green Fayre with stalls from a variety of companies who all pride themselves on being sustainable. Some of the stalls include the Co-op, Vegbox, Naked Monkey and much more. 

There will also be film screenings throughout the week so check back closer to the time to see what we’ll be showing.  

 

Being sustainable is something that is very important to us here at uea(su), our Ethical and Environmental Subcommittee discuss various issues relating to going green and throughout the year nominations will be opening to be part of this committee, so keep an eye out. 

For now, why not try these five tips for being more sustainable as a student, you may even already be doing most of them: 

 

  1. Ditch the single-use water bottles and buy a reusable one: not only is it more expensive to keep buying bottled water but it generates large amounts of container waste. Try buying an aluminum water bottle.  

  2. Eat smart- why not try having one or two veggie or vegan meals a week, it can be cheaper, healthier, and much better for the environment.  

  3. Walk or bike rather than getting the bus to uni. 

  4. When doing your laundry make sure to wash your clothes on a cold temperature whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water. 

  5. Try and buy second-hand or borrow where you can, this saves money and resources  

 

Why not try these tips and get involved with what we’ve got lined up for Go Green Week! If you have any questions or would like to talk to me about Going Green, then feel free to email me at s.atherton@uea.ac.uk.

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