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Sustainability Updates

 

It's been a busy second term with a big focus on sustainability so here are some of the latest updates.
Nick Beard - President (Student Activities)

EarthHour

On 25th March, we hosted a candlelit feast in Parham in aide of the international project EarthHour. The global movement was started to highlight our reliance and over consumption of energy. The event was a resounding success with over 60 students joining us and sharing in each other's cultures and foods! A similar event will definitely be repeated…


 

Charlie the Panda

Charlie was sent to us to by the WWF to raise awareness of EarthHour - we took him around the Spring Festival and explained his story to students.

We then sent Charlie on a nationwide expedition to share him with as many students as possible! Here is his route:

  • Canterbury Christ Church Students’ Union

  • Brighton Students’ Union

  • University of Chichester Students’ Union

  • University of Portsmouth Students' Union

  • Union Southampton

  • Students' Union Bournemouth University

  • Exeter Guild

  • University of Plymouth Students’ Union

  • Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union


The EAUC Conference

Next up I attended the annual Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges conference in Lancaster to learn about different ways to engage our students with sustainability issues. The workshops and talks were incredibly interesting and have filled me with many ideas I hope to try here at Christ Church!


Endangered Animals Treasure Trail

Coming up at the beginning of May, the University’s Sustainability department have organised a Treasure Trail with some fantastic prizes such as 4 tickets to Howlett’s Zoo and many more! Follow the link below to get involved:

https://www.facebook.com/events/248986995547373/

Art in the Underpass project

Last but not least we have an exciting new project for students to get involved with. Students are invited along to help paint the underpass linking Tannery Field and St Mildred’s Tannery Housing Development with the help of local artist Collette Baumback (Check her out here).

Its an amazing opportunity to have a lasting positive impact on Canterbury! If you are interested in participating in this project please contact westgate.parks@kent.gov.uk by Wednesday  5th April to let them know the days you are interested in volunteering. As the underpass is narrow they can only allow 15 volunteers to work in the underpass at any one time, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If they find there is a large amount of interest on one day they can look at splitting the day into two sessions.


 

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