International Students Go Green around Bangor!
By Marcel Clusa, International Student Support Officer
A team of 30 enthusiastic international students from Bangor University got together last Saturday for a cleaner planet! They spent 3 hours picking up (a lot of) litter around upper and lower Bangor as part of a new project organised by the International Student Support Office called Internationals Go Green. The initiative consists of a series of trips and events aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues, sustainability and wellbeing among students. In addition, all their events are organised together with The Sustainability Lab, other University Departments (with Undeb Bangor Students’ Union this time) and local organisations to enhance every student’s life and experiences to the max and to work as a bridge between students and the local community.
Good for us, good for the planet
Students experienced first-hand the problematic of litter and waste in our current societies. Kilos and kilos of items were picked up from the floor, one by one, in a very short period. These consisted mainly of plastic and glass bottles, cans and take-away related litter. 15 bags full of litter were collected from the Pier to the High Street to College Road, highlighting the need for a change. Plastic can take up to thousands of years to decompose and in the majority of cases, the litter around Bangor ends up in the sea, becoming a real hazard for many species and habitats.
Think globally, act locally
The event on Saturday reminds us that each and every one of us needs to engage and work for a better, cleaner planet. In the words of Frederick Walters from Germany –BSc student in Marine Biology/Zoology:
Seeing the shocking amount of rubbish gathered on that day, in such a short time, has made me realise how much one can do for our world. It is vital for people to get active and change our future”.
The time to change our actions has come, as shown by this group of students from all over the world who dedicated their Saturday morning to clean up our city and hopefully influence the actions of others to help reduce littering for a nicer, healthier and even more beautiful Bangor.
How to get involved
If you already know how you want to help Bangor become more sustainable, tell Marcel at the International Student Support Centre. If you’re not sure but you want to get involved then for inspiration why not have a look at the events below, or talk with Marcel or Jo, the University’s friendly sustainability advisor, or look at our Get Involved web page to help guide you to the activity that suits you best.
Sustainability@Bangor and Internationals Go Green events in November and December
29th November – Sustainability & Well-being ThinkTank 2017 no.2 – waste!
1st December – Internationals Go Green: a Merry Green Christmas! Create tree decorations from recyclable materials to decorate the Bangor International Christmas Tree
13th December – Sustainability & Well-being ThinkTank 2017 no. 3
Date TBC – Internationals Go Green: supporting refugees with Pobl i Bobl – help sort food and clothing to be sent to refugee camps