Last week, your Vice President (Chris) and Sustainability Officer (Laura) attended the annual SOS-UK Student Sustainability Summit to join other student officers, students’ union staff and activists and find out how Leeds Trinity SU and University can go further and faster to improve their sustainability.
They went to (virtual) workshops, talks, and panel discussions with some of the UK’s top environmental activists and campaigners, as well as the students and students’ unions leading the youth climate movement.
What topics were covered?
Chris and Laura attended the summit over 3 days, with a theme for each day. These were:
Your elected representatives heard from experts across the sector on how sustainability can be embedded into the curriculum, so that you leave education with the skills and desire to create a just and sustainable society. They explored how students can act on the climate emergency.
Laura and Chris heard from Majid Majid on the intersection between race and climate change, discussed how to campaign for a decolonised and decarbonised curriculum, and brushed up on their campaign skills.
On the last day, your VP and Sustainability Officer explored introducing sustainable food systems on campus and listened to how others are tackling inequality in the food system.
Here’s what they had to say about the summit:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the SOS-UK Sustainability Summit. Moving onto a virtual platform is not an easy thing to do but the sessions were engaging and informative. I feel empowered to continue making Leeds Trinity a more sustainable environment. The conference has allowed me to network with other Unions, start work on new initiatives and build upon my campaigns.”
Chris Dow, Vice President
“It was great to be able to attend the SOS-UK Summit. I liked seeing what other Unions have been working on to develop green spaces and food growing areas on their campuses. It’s given me lots of ideas to bring to Leeds Trinity.”
Laura Pickering, Sustainability Officer