The United Nations’ annual Climate Change Conference – this year called COP 25 – takes place in Madrid from 2nd – 13th December 2019. During it, governments will hear about the impacts of climate change, propose crucial next steps to reduce their carbon emissions, and discuss how the entire human population can transition to a low carbon society in a fair and just way.
Find out how staff, students, alumni and affiliates of the University of Edinburgh are contributing to the conference… and in doing so, making the world a better place.
It’s the most wonderful – and wasteful – time of the year. We asked student Laura Anderson (MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement) for her top tips on how to make Christmas 2019 your most sustainable yet.
Max Franz Sikora joined the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability on a placement from the Technical University of Munich for 2 months. In this blog, he reflects on what he learnt.
For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we hear from student Debbie Shamir, about the Girl Up Edinburgh society, which works to promote gender equality.
Sustain.ED is the The Students’ Association’s annual festival about sustainability. We hear from Vice President Community, Rosheen Wallace, about this year’s event.
Second-year Veterinary student, Niamh Kinch, tells us about why she’s helping conserve the local hedgehog population through the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative.
Fourth-year English Literature student, Saffron Roberts, started holding sanitary product collections in March 2018 to tackle period poverty and stigma around menstruation. Since, she’s been joined by student Rosie Martland in the effort to collect donations for local foodbanks, women’s and homeless shelters.
This week is Women’s Environmental Network‘s Environmenstrual Week of Action. We hear from students Kate Bennett and Martha Aroha Reilly on the work of the student-founded non-profit organisation, Sanitree to tackle period poverty.
Robyn Seabright was a student at Edinburgh College of Art when she became concerned about the impact of plastic on our planet. She tells us about why she chose to focus her final year project on raising awareness of the issue.
As Oxfam’s #SecondHandSeptember comes to an end, concerns about the environment are greater than ever. Third-year Sustainable Development student and charity shop volunteer, Elizabeth Simpson, discusses how you can avoid fast fashion and reduce your impact upon the planet.
Recently we’ve seen more and more celebrities and those in the public eye start to use their platform to highlight social justice and environmental issues.
Jenna Kelly is a recent International Business graduate and former VP Services at Edinburgh University Students’ Association and explores how pop culture has helped the normalisation of sustainable behaviours.
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
Anton Puzorjov is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, the Founder of the University of Edinburgh Entrepreneurs Society and someone who’s on a mission to fight fast fashion. He founded One Cherry just 1 and a half years ago with the aim of making it easier for charity shops to sell their clothing online.
This #FashionRevolutionWeek, we hear what motivated him to create the start-up and his journey in social entrepreneurship.
After reports were released naming the fast fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter, calls have been made for a huge transformation in the sector.
In this blog for #FashionRevolutionWeek, Medical student Mikaela Loach discusses her top tips for ensuring your clothing purchases are both ethically made and sustainable.
Peter Higgins, Professor of Outdoor & Environmental Education, Director of the Global Environment & Society Academy and Director of Learning for Sustainability Scotland shares his views on education and the recent school climate strikes.
We hear from Aaron de Verés, a current 3rd year Ecology student and the Joint Coordinator of the activist group People and Planet Edinburgh, about why he believes sustainability should be embedded across the curriculum.
We hear from Imogen Terry, a University of Edinburgh student and one of the founders of Unearthed Edinburgh on why community action and socially responsible living is important to students.
We hear from Morven MacEwen, a Global Environment, Politics and Society MSc student on why she believes the action of school students striking to be so necessary.
Laura is an Environmental Protection and Management MSc student at the University of Edinburgh with a passion for living sustainably. She strives to live a lifestyle that creates as little waste as possible, known as the zero waste lifestyle. In this blog, she discusses the ways students and staff can reduce their plastic waste and the array of shops dedicated to zero waste in Edinburgh.
Karis Gill discusses how her time as a student at The University of Edinburgh led her to co-found a social enterprise.
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
2018 will be remembered as the year that plastic pollution hit the headlines. While UK Parliament debated the Plastics Bill and supermarkets scrambled to make plastic reduction commitments, one Edinburgh alumni was planning a solo expedition to discover what effect plastic pollution was having on our coastlines, and to spread a message of positivity in tackling the problem. Meet Cal Major.
Vanessa McCorquodale is the Committees & Projects Officer in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability and is also currently studying for an MSc in Carbon Management. This blog is a personal reflection on how climate change mitigation could be improved, submitted as part of her degree.
Martin Samson, a 3rd year Economics and Psychology student, reflects on his recent participation in the Responsible Futures Auditing Programme which gave students the opportunity to audit the University’s social responsibility and sustainability practices.
Jaime and Luis share a flavour of what their two month placement with our Department was like.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a charity working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. In this blog, student Elly White reflects on her recent placement at the organisation as part of her Fine Art degree.
Sonja Peacock reflects on her work placement with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability over the Summer.
Emily Dawson is a 4th year undergraduate student in the MA Sustainable Development degree programme. Emily reflects on her recent participation in the European Students Sustainability Auditing Project. Seven students from the University visited Lithuania to conduct an audit of Kaunas University of Technology’s social responsibility practices.
MSc Carbon Management Alumnus Kitty Dutton reflects on her time at COP23 with the 2050 Climate Group, and why now in the time for intergovernmental – and crucially, individual – action.
Physics student Rachel Harrington shares ways in which the average student can live more sustainably while at University, from small personal changes to getting involved in a wider collective
Biotechnology student Grace Ferris explains what Climate Week is and shares her personal perspective on living sustainably.
Amanda Midhamre completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for her MSc Environmental Sustainability dissertation.
George Kapatayes completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for his MSc International Development dissertation.
Masters student Daniel Proudfoot reflects on an 8-week work-based placement investigating how to increase student engagement with sustainability and the University’s climate strategy.
Programme Manager Matthew Lawson reflects on the recent “ESSA” project audit – an Erasmus + initiative that trains European students to visit other universities in order to perform sustainability auditing.
MSc graduate Alison Carlyle reflects on her time as a Student Engagement researcher for the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability.
In March 2017, student Anthony Corless got in touch with us to say he was giving up mains electricity for lent. We asked him to write a blog, which he submitted on paper in person at our office. Intrigued? Read on.
Matthew Lawson, Programme Manager in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, reflects on participating in a week long training programme for the ‘European Students, Sustainability Auditing’ Project.
Building on the success of a textile repurposing project in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland and IKEA, students at Edinburgh College of Art recently showcased a collection of hand-crafted bags at February’s Sustain.Ed festival.
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.
Emma Dixon and Fanni Barocsi joined the department on work-based placements from the MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement course. Find out about the work they carried out on “Conflict Minerals”. Continue reading Work-based placements: Emma and Fanni investigate conflict minerals
Alexandra Starks reflects on her experience as an auditor for the Sustainability Awards at FloWave and the Institute for Academic Development.
Being one of the world’s leading universities, the University of Edinburgh attracts staff and students from all nationalities, possessing different backgrounds, skills and experiences. In turn, they share fresh ideas, making a great contribution to academic curriculum development, and help give everyone an opportunity to experience different cultures and broaden personal horizons. Therefore, the University “speaks” with its staff and students, and promotes a positive culture, where racism – in any form – is unacceptable.
Sustainable Energy Engineering student Desen Kirli contacted us in May to ask about getting some work experience with the department as an Energy Efficiency Assistant. Find out how she got on.
Aida and James joined us from the MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement course, and were tasked with collating research at the University specifically to do with climate change.
With the festive season in full flow, 3rd year Social Anthropology student Zoe Anderson reflects on her internship at the One World Shop and why we should consider choosing fair trade products at Christmas.
Our Changing World Enlightenment lecture by Julia Marton Lefévre on 24th November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Our Changing World lecture by Prof Peter Higgins and Prof Charles Hopkins on 3rd November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies