University of Lincoln declares Climate Emergency
On May 16th 2019, the University of Lincoln declared a climate emergency:
“Climate change is the primary concern for young people across the world today and that concern is shared by our community at the University of Lincoln. The efforts of our young people has pushed climate change to the top of the news agenda and today the University of Lincoln is joining with other organisations and institutions across the world to declare a climate emergency.”
Visiting Professor Chris Packham made a statement of support for the university’s declaration. Our team also created this thread explaining other environmental initiatives at the university after the declaration was made:
— Sustainability at Lincoln (@UoLEnvironment) May 16, 2019
Environmental debate held at Student’s Union
On Thursday 16th May, Lincoln SU was one of 10 Student Unions in the country to run a “Time to Act” event, a debate with the intent to engage students and the public in shaping the new environment act. Speakers included the following:
🌎 Grace Corn – VP Welfare and Community
🌎 Lucinda Preston – Councillor, City of Lincoln Council
🌎 Professor Libby John – Pro Vice Chancellor/Head of College of Science at UoL
🌎 Tammy Smalley – Head of Conservation, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
🌎 Nick Blyth – Policy and Engagement Lead at IEMA
🌎 George Young – Environmental Officer, University of Lincoln Students’ Union
May Sustainability Campaign
For May, our sustainability theme was “Explore Lincoln”.
We have some wonderful green spaces in the city centre, only a short walk from the university. Student Life created a video tour that you can watch below.
Not only are these spaces walkable, but a variety of wildlife has been seen in these places such as muntjac deer, foxes, owls and hedgehogs. Liquorice Park is also home to a community gardening project and an established orchard.
Some green spaces in Lincoln are as follows:
If you do wander around the Lincolnshire countryside, it may be worth reading the Countryside Code.
Two of our team also delivered a school assembly to almost 200 primary school children about environmental sustainability and how one person really can make a difference! It was positive to see how engaged the pupils were and how forward-thinking St Peter at Gowts school in Lincoln are in preparing their pupils for a sustainable future.