Monday 6th to Friday 10th February 2012
Details of all the great events that took place during Go Green Week 2012 can be found below
Building on the success of last year’s Go Green Week, Aston University’s Environment and Sustainability Team have organised the third annual week of free events to demonstrate sustainability and carbon reduction across our city centre campus, as part of the nationwide Go Green Week run by People and Planet. All events are free of charge and open to the general public. Some of the highlights include:
All week - ‘Tarnished Earth’ exhibition on campus. The Co-operative's highly acclaimed Tarnished Earth exhibition is a dramatic street gallery of photographs by Jiri Rezac telling the story of tar sands, one of the world's biggest ecological disasters, created in partnership with WWF and Greenpeace.
Friday 10th, 5.30pm - Rob Newman presents 'Capitalism or a habitable planet'. Talk with comedian, author and environmental activist Robert Newman. Newman has come full circle to appear at this event, as his first public speaking appearance was also for People and Planet. His comedy career took off when he appeared in the BBC radio and TV programme ‘The Mary Whitehouse Experience’, which was followed by the series ‘Newman and Baddiel in Pieces’, which went on tour in 1993, the duo being the first stand-up comedians to sell out the 12,000 seat Wembley Arena in London. Following this, Newman lowered his public profile and turned his hand to writing, but returned to stand-up in 2004; his later work being characterised by a strong political element. In 2006 Newman performed a new show, ‘No Planet B’ or, ‘The History of the World Backwards’ which led to the BBC six-part series, ‘The History of the World Backwards’. Newman is currently working on his fourth novel, and remains an active campaigner on political and environmental issues. You can find out more about him on his website, supported by a solar-powered web host of course.
Wednesday 8th, 9.00am - Bike sale - Birmingham-based social enterprise Cycle Chain will be on campus all morning selling second hand bikes. Cycle Chain works with people with visual impairment and those recovering from mental health problems and gives them training in bicycle maintenance. Unwanted bikes are refurbished and sold to the public, so this is your chance to grab a bargain and get back in the saddle!
Tuesday 7th, 11.30am - Eco-Market with stalls, infomation and advice stands and more. Exhibitors include Birmingham Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Student Switch Off, The Co-operative, Globally Local, walkit.com, Riverford Organic Veg, Change Agents, Traidcraft, Fair-trade Design and The Body Shop.
Tuesday 7th, 11.00am - Sustainable Cities Presentations including "Visualising sustainable architecture and the Green City" by Dr John Blewitt. This presentation will explore how sustainable buildings and cities have been visually conceived by architects, master planners, PR agencies and photographers. This will be followed by 3 presentations from final year Effective Project Delivery students putting forward their ideas for a sustainable city.
Monday 6th, 6.00pm - Free film screening of "Green" (2009) directed by Patrick Rouxel. The winner of countless environmental and other film awards, 'Green' is a documentary about the growth of the palm oil industry in Indonesia, growing consumerism and negative impact on natural habitats told through the eyes and experiences of a female orangutan. A website dedicated to studying Green is available here.