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23 November 2009
Hundreds of people have taken part in the University’s first Sustainability Week, helping the University drive forward its sustainable development agenda and providing a good foundation for Sustainability Week 2010.
The aim of the Week was to bring together the Cardiff community to support the University in tackling sustainability issues. Staff, students and members of the public have attended events, activities, made pledges and sent in ideas.
Jane Davidson AM joins a Question Time-style panel debate at the University for Sustainability Week
The event began with the 2009 Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture, this year delivered by the well-known environmentalist and commentator Jonathon Porritt. During an engaging and lively lecture, Jonathon spoke about the need for people to take on a sense of personal responsibility if we are to get anywhere near success in tackling climate change.
The lecture was followed across the week by a number of other key events including a debate attended by Jane Davidson, the Assembly Minister for the Environment, Sustainability & Housing, which sought to uncover whether it is possible to eat our way to sustainability. Others involved an evening of readings and discussions around the role of culture in sustainable development, and a Students In Free Enterprise guest lecture by one of Wales’ pioneers of bio-fuel production.
Renowned Welsh poet Rob Minhinnick provides a unique insight into whether culture has a role to play in sustainable development during an informal discussion for Sustainability Week
Events at the Students’ Union included a food co-operatives, a bike repair workshop, a film screening of a new hit movie and an opportunity for staff and students to measure their eco-footprints.
Around 900 staff and students from across the University came forward to pledge to support the University community in becoming more sustainable, including a pledge by the University Vice-Chancellor to award a Prize for Sustainability during the annual Sustainability Week, starting in 2010. Other pledges include:
To see a selection of the pledges as well as ideas from staff and students on how the University can become more sustainable, visit the Sustainability Week website .
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