Medicine has a considerable environmental impact, with 100 million tonnes of solid waste generated each year in the UK, 85% of which generally ends up in landfill sites across England and Wales.
We hear from the students trying to tackle this by directing medical surplusses to countries in need of medical supplies.
Continue reading MedAid: the students working to improve planetary and human health
For National Marine Week, our Communications Manager Sarah Ford-Hutchinson – a surfer, snorkeler and freediver – explains what the sea means to her and why reducing harm to the ocean can be a private act.
Continue reading Me and the sea: it’s a personal thing
Between the latest extreme weather event, a damning report on future temperature projections or news of another species going extinct, climate change in the headlines has become standard.
Greater awareness of climate change is unarguably a positive (a lack of this is partially what got us into this mess, after all) but what toll does this have on our mental health?
Communications Coordinator, Meg McGrath contributes to our series on eco-anxiety for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Continue reading The rise of eco-anxiety
In our next blog in a series on mental health and climate change for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we hear from Esther Duncan who has just finished her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development with Social Anthropology.
Esther recently took part in the course in “Eco-Spirituality” at the University’s Chaplaincy and discusses how a community of like-minded people can help remedy eco-anxiety. Continue reading How spirituality helped my eco-anxiety
A 2015 report by Georgetown University stated “Climate change is a global challenge that burdens all of humanity, but not equally.”
Meg McGrath, Communications Coordinator, discusses why climate change is a feminist issue this International Women’s Day.
Continue reading Why climate change is a feminist issue
Sarah, Communication Manager; Aisling, Projects Coordinator (Energy); Vanessa, Committees & Projects Officer; and Kerry, Projects Coordinator – Sustainability and Festivals, reflect on their personal sustainability resolutions.
Continue reading Our January sustainability resolutions
Meg McGrath, Communications Coordinator, provides ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that make a difference. Continue reading 28 ways to make 2019 your most sustainable year yet
You’ve seen and heard of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and perhaps Scotland’s new National Performance Framework (NPF)… but do you really know what they mean for the University or for you?
We asked guest blogger Paul Bradley to explain how some zeitgeist acronyms and colourful graphics are helping to create a better world.
Continue reading Can pretty graphics help create a better world?
Simon Christie, Campus Facilities Manager at Moray House School of Education and the Centre for Open Learning, writes about his recent experience of using an electric bike to commute to work.
Continue reading Simon Christie tries a University “eCycle”
We have scoured this year’s Fringe programme for some of the best socially responsible and sustainable events on offer. That being said, as all well-seasoned Fringe-goers know, you never know for sure what a show is going to be like until you give it a try.
Continue reading Top five picks of the Fringe 2017
Lee Murphy is the Genetics Manager at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility where he leads a team providing support to projects investigating the role of genetics in disease and health.
Continue reading Staff cyclist: Lee Murphy
Slurp is a social enterprise project lead by a group of students from the University of Edinburgh, and seeks to tackle the problem of homelessness at its source, by working with young people at risk of homelessness.
Continue reading Slurp: changing lives one soup at a time
In the fourth blog of this series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work.
Continue reading Diary of a cycling commuter No. 4: “fierce mild”
In the second of a new series, Communications Coordinator Sarah shares what it is like to ditch her bus pass and take up cycling to work.
Continue reading Sarah Ford-Hutchinson: diary of a cycling commuter
Associate Chaplain Ali Newell reflects on recent interfaith efforts to highlight sustainability and equality for all within the context of the refugee crisis, Paris Attacks, and Scotland’s Climate March.
Continue reading Chaplaincy promotes social responsibility and sustainability during Interfaith Week
Our Changing World lecture by Prof. Stephen Hillier on 20th October 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Continue reading Our Changing World: Fertility Futures in a Changing World
Our Changing World lecture by Prof. Brian Walker on 13th October 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Continue reading Our Changing World: The obesity pandemic – winners and losers in adapting to affluence
A summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Dave Robertson’s focus during this second lecture in the ‘Our Changing World’ series was on the importance and necessity of a huge advancement in healthcare data collection and analysis.
Continue reading Our Changing World: The data revolution in global healthcare
Have you noticed how the words ‘Fairtrade’, ‘local’ and ‘sustainably sourced’ are more and more common on food and drink labels? As a central part of our everyday life, economy and ecosystems, food can be a major lever for positive social and environmental impact, and the University of Edinburgh has considerable weight in the Scottish food chain.
By Oriane Brunet
Continue reading Student Internship: Oriane Brunet
By Fiona Richmond, Project Manager at Scotland Food & Drink
Industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink welcomed the opportunity to be part of this year’s University of Edinburgh Freshers’ Food Festival and the chance to both speak to, and hopefully inspire, students from far and wide about the importance of good food and Scotland’s abundant larder.
Continue reading Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink
Staff in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability have competed in both the Edinburgh Marathon relay and the Step Count Challenge to promote fitness, encourage active travel and raise money for local charities.
Continue reading Department staff get active and raise £1,724.17 for charities
Programme Manager, Matthew Lawson reflects on the thought-provoking public lecture from the Our Changing World lecture series on air pollution and heart attacks.
Continue reading Air Pollution Fuels Concern
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.
Continue reading Our Changing World Lecture – Dr Alice Street
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.
Continue reading Behavioural Economics and Health Behaviours
Head of Programmes, Michelle Brown reflects on this semester’s first thought-provoking offering from the Our Changing World lecture series.
Continue reading Antibiotics in a Changing World