Students across Cardiff Metropolitan University have this week been supporting and celebrating Go Green Week – People and Planet's annual week of action on climate change that takes place in universities, schools and colleges across the UK.
Go Green Week is a national initiative organised by the student campaigning group People and Planet. Now in its third year at Cardiff Metropolitan University, a range of sustainability activities and events have been organised across the Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses to engage, inform and inspire staff and students about environmental and sustainability issues.
Organisations including Cardiff Food bank, Sustrans Wales and CycleTraining Wales are among those involved in the week long programme, with activities including free bike checks, adjustments and repairs, bicycle maintenance demonstrations and a fair-trade goods sale taking place across the university. All monies raised from fair-trade sales will be used to support the Twinning Toilets charity and activity has already raised enough funds throughout the week to provide two toilets for communities in need.
The annual Go Green Week campaign aims to challenge personal attitudes towards the environment, and individuals have been encouraged to sign the 'Green Pledge' – committing to at least one change of lifestyle that will have a positive impact on the planet. All activities have been organised by second year Hospitality & Events and Tourism & Events students.
Lisa Wright, senior lecturer in Hospitality at Cardiff Metropolitan University said:
"We have had a fantastic response from both students and staff to Go Green Week this year. People have rallied together to offer food and clothes for nominated charities and there has been a great deal of interest in the bicycle workshops and the information being provided on sustainable travel.
"Homemade cakes and flapjacks with fairtrade ingredients have been sold on campus, along with hand designed tote bags and there has generally been a great buzz around the activities organised. There is most definitely increasing awareness and enthusiasm around the issues raised during Go Green Week and our celebrations grow year on year.
"We receive fantastic support from our campus communities who are fully engaged in helping to raise awareness of the issues at hand. A lot of fun has been had this week but the focus on highlighting some very important messages regarding the way we treat our planet has been clear throughout all of the activities. It was extremely encouraging to see so many of our staff members and students taking the time to get involved and I'm sure this campaign, and the support it attracts, will continue to grow."