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Students Organise for Sustainability at the Eden Project

Monday 12-10-2015 - 10:53

Last week, we were thrilled to be part of the launch of Students Organising for Sustainability – an alliance of nearly fifty student groups, spanning 15 countries and 5 continents.

NUS president, Megan Dunn, opened the event, telling hundreds of student officers, activists and environmental thinkers that we have to work internationally on this agenda.

‘More than maybe any other social justice issue today, climate change needs global cooperation, global solutions and global action’, she said.

There is no way of securing a stable climate in the UK, unless we act as part of a worldwide movement demanding global change. No campaign is going to protect any individual country from the effects of four degrees warming’.

SOS will allow student activists from across the world to create a unified voice for young people on sustainability. It’s an informal network for groups to share research, good practice and collaborate on activities.

NUS President Megan Dunn 

When global leaders fail to meet their commitments on climate, we can turn the attention of the world’s youth onto them. We can campaign and win. We can work globally to create the sustainable world we want to see.

We were joined by student leaders from across Europe – such as the president of the Swedish National Union of Students Rebecka Stenkvist and members of French climate activists CliMates.

Jonathon Porritt and Sir Tim Smit also addressed students, challenging them to show better leadership than the previous generation, and highlighting the opportunities young people have ahead of them.

We were also pleased to launch WHOLE EARTH? a new photographic exhibition on sustainable development from Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake. Launching at over 100 universities across the globe this year, it invites students and academics to work together to develop bold solutions and show strong leadership on this issue.

After workshops and dinner, we enjoyed the work of a range of student artists in the Eden Project’s stunning biomes, in the gorgeous evening light – reflecting on what we can achieve as a generation of connected activists.

Read more about the project in this Guardian article from vice president for society and citizenship, Piers Telemacque

Find out more about SOS – and please share with any international groups you think might be interested in joining up! 

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