UWTSD celebrates a successful Go Green Week 2018!


UWTSD hosted a week of activities last week to celebrate Go Green Week 2018.

The activities were organised by the university’s Sustainability Delivery Team and took place in Carmarthen, Swansea, and Lampeter.

The team hosted a Harmony lecture in which they were delighted to welcome environmental campaigner and activist Tony Juniper CBE, and UWTSD’s Sophia Centre Associate Professor Dr Nick Campion. The event was a panel discussion in which the guests talked about Harmony, the book written in 2010 by HRH Prince Charles, Tony Juniper CBE and Ian Skelly, and the Sophia Harmony Initiative at UWTSD. The event was attended by staff, students, and local campaign groups such as Friends of the Earth. Head of Sustainability Delivery Tom Yearley said: "Working within the harmony context adds a further dimension to the management of sustainability at the University and sets us apart from other institutions. It was great to explore the links between improving our relationship with the environment at this event."

The university also welcomed Richard Dunne for a special lecture hosted by Yr Athrofa. Richard Dunne is the head teacher of Ashley CofE Primary School in Walton on Thames. The school is recognised as one of the world’s leading eco-schools. It’s commitment to sustainable living and learning has earned it several awards, including the highly acclaimed Ashenden Award in 2009 and the European Commission funded U4 Energy Award for education on saving energy in 2012. Richard will be drawing on the school’s experiences as he talks about eco-education and the ways in which institutes can embed sustainability in their everyday practices. 

The week also consisted of a series of litter-picking exercises, including a beach clean in Swansea, a river clean in Carmarthen and a litter pick in Lampeter. Each event was well attended by students as well as staff from the university and from the students’ union, TSDSU.

Each campus also had a free screening of the film Smog of the Sea, a short film which documents musician Jack Johnson’s one-week journey across the Sargasso Sea. He takes with him a group of scientists and activists to create a documentary that provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans of the world, while making an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. 

Go Green Week is a national campaign run by People and Planet that engages with students to work with environmental managers and sustainability departments at their university to engage with students in issues of sustainability and climate change, and to encourage positive changes on campus and in students’ and staffs’ lives.  

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