The sustainability group has been set up by your VP of Education Alessio to provide students with the opportunity to combine environmental knowledge and action so that together we can have a positive impact on the planet. We want to start numerous environmental initiatives on campus and rise to the worldwide challenge we are facing.
We want to create an organised community in which students can develop, build connection and strategically engage in sustainable actions. UWL and UWLSU are rapidly incorporating sustainability in their practice, as a student body, we can have a huge impact even with small changes.
We are in a climate crisis with biodiversity declining very rapidly - 60% in the last 50 years. The Earth is being exploited to guarantee a high standard of living for the ever-growing population of humans. Animals are going extinct, oceans are full of plastic, which as a result is contaminating our food, global temperatures are rising and if we do not act fast, we will not be able to make up for it. Our generation has a huge responsibility, we need to rise to the challenge- together we can be powerful and the necessary part of the solution.
What does it involve?
We have only just started! We want to work with various stakeholders and speakers from the SU, UWL and external organisations to increase our knowledge about environmental issues and engage in sustainable campaigns. Some examples from previous and future sessions:
- Community organising 101
- Theories of change
- Climate action
- Guest speakers
- Sustainability at UWL
What have we done so far & what's planned for the future?
So far, we met twice, during our first session we have decided our purpose and in the second session, we have run training on how to best organise a community of active volunteers. Next, we will discuss theories and mechanisms of change to decide the best course of action going forward.
We want to bring guest speakers, organise workshops on sustainability, build a sustainable community, bring more biodiversity at UWL and inspire change.
During Alessio’s time at the University of West London, he got involved with lots of things to do with the Students’ Union. In his first year, he became a course representative. He enjoyed collating input from his peers, building relations with academics and create positive changes. He was also a member of the psychology and investment societies.
Thanks to the Students’ Union support Alessio was able to develop and during his second year, he became the representative for the school of human and social sciences. In his role, he was advocating for all the students in the faculty and also electing, training and supporting course reps in their journey.
He enjoyed this experience so much that he decided to run for Vice President of Education in the sabbatical officer election in March 2020. During the last year as the education officer, Alessio represented your interest in the emergency regulations and monitored the quality of online learning. He has also been driven to make UWL and UWLSU more sustainable - participating in the decarbonisation project, green space renovation and biodiversity proposal.
Institutional change is great but without the support from the people will not be enough, this is an issue that demands social change before it can be resolved. Alessio’s vision is to create a community at UWL where students can learn, develop and organise actions that have a positive impact on the planet. We are 10 thousand students at UWL- together we can make a difference.
If you like the idea - keep watching this space for future events! If you would like more information or want to contribute in any way write an email to your VP of Education Alessio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Take a look at events we are running in the future here: