Sustainability Fair – Tuesday, 26th February, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU
Words by Graham Murray
Tuesday’s sustainability fair in Geoffrey Manton’s atrium showed what it really means to be green, with the theme of being aware of one’s impact on the environment ever recurruing. The event featured various stalls from oxfam, to a bike-powered-smoothie-making stall! The event gave being green a friendly face.
Featured at the fair was the environment team, spearheading their plan for carbon literacy – simply keeping people aware of their direct impact on the environment. They also gave the public a chance to find out their carbon footprint, which was in the form of a small competition. Find out more about their message and carbon literacy on their website here. Also at the fair was tankcoffee. With their motto ‘Trade not aid” – they seek to provide proper coffee with subtle nuances of flavours, and narrow the gap between the coffee lover and the coffee grower through fair trade. Student-led climate
change campaigners, People and Planet, also had a stall at the fair. Tara Clarke of People and Planet said, the Oxford-based charity’s message was to get people inspired. People and Planet are associated with 155 universities across the country. They are currently holding campaigns about Fossil Fuels.
Oxfam also made an appearance at the fair with their swap-shop stall. The idea is based around the fact that a recent statistic stated that women only use around 30% of their wardrobes! The swap-shop stall uses the idea that people bring along an old piece of clothing and exchange it for something new. A charity shop taking on a recession influenced approach.
The event was certainly a success, and helped spread the message of being green in a friendly and fun way. Organiser of the event, employability intern Sophie Chivers, said:
“The Sustainability Fair was designed to raise student awareness to the issues around sustainability and green living. We got students to measure their carbon footprint, swap old clothes for new, and learn how to become self-sufficient. We also wanted to link with Fairtrade Fortnight, so we had a direct trade coffee stall and fair trade banana smoothies!”