We recently said farewell to Caro Overy, Engagement Manager for the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability. We asked her to share some thoughts on what she’s learnt over the last seven years.
Caro Overy, Engagement Manager, reflects on her month of trying out a vegan lifestyle in January.
I’ve worked in Sustainability for most of my professional life, and so have quite frequently ended up in groups, meetings, or discussions where the climate impact of industrial farming is mentioned. I fully understand the climate and health benefits of a diet with fewer animal products and more plant based food.
by Caro Overy, Engagement Manager
I met with Nik Whybrew, Operations Director for Assembly, to find out about how Assembly, one of the University of Edinburgh’s largest tenants during the August festivals, goes about addressing sustainability in its operations.
In the most recent Our Changing World lecture, Dr Alice Street, Chancellor’s Fellow and writer of the recently released ‘Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a Papua New Guinean Hospital (Experimental Futures)’, outlined the value of anthropology in thinking about and planning infrastructure for health.
In this lecture, we heard from Professor Michèle Belot (School of Economics) about her research relating to behavioural economics, which is the study of why and how people make economic decisions, and how this plays out in health behaviours.
Rewiliding the World put George Monbiot, environmental and political journalist, alongside Alan Featherstone, the founder and Executive Director of conservation charity Trees For Life. They provided a balance of persuasive and engaging rhetoric, and, importantly, sound empirical evidence to back it up.
Our Engagement Manager, Caro Overy, attended this years World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities.