This March, AUBSU took over the campus for Go Green Week, giving AUB a jam-packed week highlighting our students desire for more sustainable and green events.
The event was run and organised by the AUBSU Green Team, with activities every day and finishing with a trip to the Eden Project.
AUBSU President, Gio Garancini and Vice President, Chloe Harty explained: “Go Green Week is a great time in which we, the SU, can raise awareness of relevant sustainability issues and can provide a platform for our students to make a change for themselves and their community. This year the emphasis was put on the idea of the individual and simple and meaningful ways that each person can adapt their lifestyles, because we wanted to showcase how small changes can have a significant impact.”
Throughout the week there were activities such as pledging for zero waste soup, Fairtrade tie-dye workshops, wildflower bomb workshops, Patagonia: Blue Heart screening, free Fairtrade chocolate and a Zero Waste market.
At the Zero Waste Market students sold hand-crafted, up-cycled jewellery and local companies, Lush, Health Discount Store, Coffee Mongers and Riverford Organic Farmers attended showing us how to live a sustainable and organic lifestyle that fits around student living. Bournemouth Borough Council were on campus to teach students about recycling, food waste and best practices when it comes to what we can and can not recycle.
AUBSU Green Officer and BA (Hons) Creative Events Management student, Hannah Dodds explained “This is the second year I have been a part of Green Week, and it’s amazing to see so many green lovers getting involved and being so enthused by the environment here. It’s so important to have events such as this as it helps show just how easy and simple it is to just be that little bit more sustainable. Following the success of Go Green Week we want to bring more sustainable events on campus to get everyone engaged, because remember there is no Planet B!”
We’ve been bursting at the seams with green so what more of a perfect way than to end Go Green Week with a beach clean with Surfers Against Sewage and a trip to the Eden Project?
A full coach of students paid a visit to the Eden Project, observing some of the world’s most beautiful plants cultivated by keen horticulturists at the educational charity. The sun was shining, pictures were taken and green things were learnt.
Keep your eyes and ears out for the Green Zine, coming to campus soon!
Want to get your hands muddy with the Green Team? Follow this link here or pop into AUBSU and have a chat.
Image credits: Second-year BA (Hons) Creative Events Management student and AUBSU Green Officer, Hannah Dodds