It’s Green Week at DBS and this year we have chosen to explore the themes of Litter and Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Climate Justice. The student Sustainability Society and DBS Green Campus Committee have worked together to organise and facilitate a number of exciting events this week as we embark on a journey toward achieving the An Taisce Green Campus award.
Horticulturalist Marion Keogh from Green Edge will be providing a dose of “Grow It Yourself” inspiration each day during Green Week through a series of new GIY videos made just for DBS.
Marion will be showing us a variety of simple sustainable ideas like how to get more out of the herbs that we get in the shops, how to make a bird-feeder from recycled materials and even how to identify some of the trees near DBS!
Marion Keogh is an award winning garden designer with a private practice based in Dublin. An originator of the nature-based artists collaborative Green Edge (formerly Bloom Fringe) which slammed onto Dublin City’s streets in 2014 “making the gritty city pretty” Marion is passionate about engaging communities to transform forgotten outside spaces into more green and more beautiful places.
She recognises the value of enhancing the physical space but also engaging people in
planting and growing and making links with each other, with the environment and with
the wider community.
On Monday Sadhbh O’ Neill from Stop Climate Chaos who spearheaded the Irish “climate case” will be asking ‘What next for climate action?’ in her talk followed by a Q and A. This talk and discussion will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about how a small NGO took the Government to Court on climate change and won and how we can move from climate change to climate justice.
Sadhbh O Neill is the policy coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, an advocacy network of over 40 youth, environmental, international development and faith based organisations in support of faster and fairer climate action.
On Wednesday STAND will be exploring the causes and effects of climate change at a local and global level and exploring opportunities for taking action. This will be of interest to all students who want to learn more about climate change and how they can be leaders in making changes for a better world.
STAND celebrates the power of ordinary people to change the world. Third level students in Ireland can share ideas about standing up for justice and equality. They can learn more about global issues, and find out what you can do to take positive action.
On Thursday Fidelma Mullane will be sharing her expert knowledge of thatching, a unique nature-based building solution which never goes out of fashion! This talk will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the relationship between architecture and the natural environment and also anyone who wants to see a unique perspective on what it was like to live in Ireland in the past.
Finally, on Friday the Student Sustainability Society will be having a Sustainability Quiz to end the week.