Green Week 2020 at the University of Lincoln draws to a close tomorrow.
Throughout the week, students and staff at the university’s Students’ Union have been raising money and helping to save the environment at the same time.
Student leader Emma Blackburn is the vice-president welfare and community. She said: “The student leaders work really closely with RAG and this year they’re raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which is our charity of the year for the union.
“We wanted to raise money and say no to fast fashion so why not bring the two together?”
The term ‘Fast fashion’ is mainly used by retailers for clothing designs that move along from catwalks to the sales, which has raised eyebrows due to the environment-saving corners that are cut to make a bigger profit.
Emma added: “Green Week is really important because it’s about sustainability on campus but it’s also focused beyond campus and how students can get involved in that.”
The campaigns group at the Students’ Union has worked to put on a variety of events throughout the week to celebrate Green Week.
Emma said: “Come and take part in opportunities like our Go Green Instagram challenge and Twitter challenge, where you can win a Nutri-Bullet, which is a really cool opportunity if you want to commit to doing something and go green.”
Emma and the other student leaders have been taking part in the Go Green challenge on their Instagram stories throughout the week.
A Rags for RAG sale was held on Tuesday in the SU reception and there are plenty more environmental events lined up.
Later in March, 30 students will be going to Skegness for a beach clean-up.
To end Green Week, there will be a panel talk tomorrow with experts such as Grace Corn from Students Organising for Sustainability; Professor Libby John, the head of the University of Lincoln’s College of Science; Bailey Marchant, the SU’s environmental officer; and Bart Hill, who is the student representative for the School of Geography.