This years’ Sustainability Week is jam-packed with campaigns, discussions and events to create a more sustainable future. Join April 19th through April 23rd, as the Green Office for KU Leuven and the Sustainability Office raise awareness for climate action! Find the current event schedule below or check out the Facebook event
Monday, April 19th:
Oceans are rising red line action: All week, discover red lines on the buildings of KU Leuven. These red lines represent a rapid rise in sea level. More info: facebook.com/events/160780292565522
Artivism Exhibition: All week, we will host an artivism exhibition consisting of ecofeminist art, poetry and short stories. More info: facebook.com/events/5158282047579044/
Circular economy initiatives: Two campaigns to recycle and reuse old phones and lab coats will launch this week! Have an old phone or lab coat that you would like to donate for reuse? Keep an eye out for collection boxes around Leuven and Heverlee. More info coming soon
Tuesday, April 20th:
Oceans are rising panel discussion: As part of the oceans are rising initiative, we will host a panel discussion to explore sea level rise with the help of front line AO polar experts and and a sociologist focusing on climate induced migration. More info: facebook.com/events/160780292565522
Wednesday, April 21st:
Green jobs fair: Students will be provided a platform to share their skills and ambitions with companies that focus on sustainability. We will also have a panel discussion of young people working in sustainability. More info: facebook.com/events/739553816762499/
Ecofeminism artivism discussion: The ecofeminism series will close with a discussion on ecofeminist art. We’ll explore the concept of artivism and what it means to combine activism with art. More info: facebook.com/events/5158282047579044/
Thursday April, 22nd:
Rectorial candidates debate: The Sustainability Service will organize a debate between the rectors running in the 2021 rectoral elections. During this debate, we will present our concerns and wishes regarding climate policy at KU Leuven. More info coming soon!
Lunch lecture on integrated pest management: Prof. Hans Rediers will tell us about his research on integrated pest management and what we can learn from it to face future challenges. More info: www.facebook.com/events/1866483626834059
Our planet is sick. More and more alarm bells are ringing every day. Global warming is causing extreme weather conditions and has profound consequences on agriculture and our food supply. In our oceans, fish are being replaced by plastic. Deforestation and desiccation continue to happen. Pandemics are the cherry on top of a cake that is getting more burnt by the day.
Luckily there is a cure to this illness plaguing mother Nature: BIODIVERSITY! Biodiversity provides a buffer against further warming of the climate, gives oceans and soils the breathing room to recover and is the best medicine against emerging diseases. It takes care of us and our planet! While large areas are required for certain species, it is becoming increasingly clear that small-scale nature areas can also make an important contribution. They do not have to be far from our bed to be meaningful.
For that reason, the Green Office and IAAS are joining hands to challenge you to biodiversify your kot, garden or whatever place is available to you.
Bonus to helping the planet: Gardening and being around nature is proven to make you happier! Pimping your garden is thus an ideal hobby during the lockdown! Of course, we will also hold a friendly competition with some very nice goodies to be won! (Don’t stress winning, participation prizes a plenty )
Be sure to follow this event on Facebook for further updates as to the rules of the competition and to get a lot of tips and tricks on how to add to your local biodiversity! Also be sure to check out the campaign of #SamenVoorBiodiversiteit for a lot more information about what you can do in the fight for biodiversity!
Are you interested in ecofeminism or just a tiny bit curious about what it means and what it stands for? Then join the Green Office’s three-part workshop series! Each part consists of an interactive lecture with PowerPoint and a guided discussion, and the third session on artivism will consist of an art exhibition and open mic.
We finish the series with a lecture and discussion on ecofeminist art practices guided by Harriet Bregman and Maysa.
Here we’ll explore the concept of artivism and what it means to combine activism with art. Further on, we’ll discuss some polemical questions on the rights to authorship of ecofeminist art. At the end, there will be an open tour through the exhibition of ecofeminist art, and readings of ecofeminist poetry and short stories
18h: Reception and first two guided tours through the art works (one at 18.15 and one at 18.45) 19:30 – 21:30: Workshop on artivism by Harriet Bregman and Maysa – more time for art and discussion afterwards (drinks and snacks provided)