What has been going on in the Environmental Society (2)
The Environmental Society is back in action! Freshers’ Fair was really hectic as usual, with lots of new faces and a spectrum of reactions to the bees sitting atop our stall. To everyone who came over to say hi, thank you!
Last week, we also had the divestment debate held by the Grantham Institute at our Fossil Free members, Jonny and George’s suggestion. Divestment is becoming increasingly talked about as university students and citizens’ groups worldwide start their own campaigns to get our institutions to transfer their investments away from the fossil fuel industry. With NOAA declaring the third ever global coral bleaching disaster on record just four days ago due to climate change and the ongoing El Niño, we need discourse like this more than ever. The debate was very interesting, with investment banker Howard Covington urging young people to “vociferously encourage divestment”, and Principles for Responsible Investment’s Sagarika Chatterjee calling for a just transition for all, including workers in the fossil fuel industry. Statoil’s Bjorn Otto Sverdrup provided a contrasting view, stating that he was in oil and gas to transform the industry from inside and calling for Imperial graduates to join him. Is that possible? We leave it to you to decide.
We’ve also had two beekeeping taster sessions in the Secret Garden, helped by the uncharacteristically sunny weather we’ve been having. There are more to come on Tuesday (13/10) and Thursday (15/10) at 13:00 and 13:30 so join us if you couldn’t make the last two! Beekeeping suits will be provided for you to confidently peruse our wonderful hives.
What’s next for us? Our first general meeting takes place this Wednesday (14/10) at 6pm in Sherfield 165, where you can help us determine the future of the society. Come with your ideas and we will update you on what we’ve been doing and what we have planned for the next few months.
As always, check our calendar under Events for more to come and we hope to see you soon!