UWESU Go Green Week 2013 - 4 little things you can do differently
People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.
Go Green Week is their annual week of action on climate change, and this is UWESU’s very first one!
This year, we’d love it if you tried four small things to make a difference -
- Enjoy meat free
- Ditch the car
- Shower shorter
- Switch stuff off
None of them is a big commitment, but if lots of us do them it could really mean something.
Plus look out for special deals on organic products in the SU shop on Monday, and on cycling stuff on Tuesday.
If you'd normally eat meat a few times a week, why not go meat-free for a day or two?
It's good for your carbon footprint...
(Did you know producing one cheeseburger emits about 3.1kg of CO2 - about the same as running a computer for four days?)
- ...good for your pocket...
- ...good for the animals...
- ...and good for you!
Paul McCartney agrees!
If you normally drive to uni why not car share, or take the bus?
It’s more sociable than driving, there’s no dreary walk from car park 20 and your journey doesn’t have to be wasted time – catch up on the news, Facebook or Twitter (can’t do that in the car!)
Plus, as this video demonstrates, it turns out the bus is pretty cool!
Or, do you have a bike but don’t normally cycle? Perhaps you don’t like the traffic, or the hills, or just wish you felt a bit more confident on the road?
If so, join our bike train! At 8am on Tuesday 12 February, from the arches on Gloucester Road to Frenchay in time for 9 o’clocks, on what someone called ‘the nicest, quietest and flattest route I’ve ever tried!’ Super friendly too, and led by trained ride leaders.
Click here to sign up!
Did you know?! People shower more today than 10 years ago, up as much as 5 times – and not just to get clean but e.g. to take a break or feel good.
This would be ok but the environmental impact of heating and processing our water is huge – the same as all air flights taken by UK citizens in one year – that’s over 100 million tonnes of polluting greenhouse gases.
If we all showered shorter – try less than four minutes – it would make a big difference.
Switch stuff off
Just do it! Save energy and combat climate change by one simple action.
UWE students are cutting energy use by over 13% through the NUS Student Switch off campaign. Over 550 students have pledged to support the campaign over 27% of halls students this year. SSO will be on Frenchay campus on Friday 15 Feb.