Last Friday, SUBU was host to an epic performance from Green Day…
No not the band, although there were certainly rumours of pranking the entire student union with a pop-up
Instead, the ground floor of the SUBU Building on Talbot Campus was flooded with stalls
encouraging students to think and act more sustainably- ‘go green’ was the mantra of the
The event, which ran from 10am until 2pm, gave the opportunity to get involved with the
SUBU/BU Sustainability teams, join green clubs and societies, and speak to organisations who
were all looking for help and student involvement.
BU and SUBU Sustainability were there as well as Extinction Rebellion Bournemouth,
Christchurch & Poole, the Reduceatarian Society and the Wildlife Conservation Society BU as
well as the newly introduced Comfort and Care Campaign.
Local companies preaching the sustainable lifestyle were there alongside the societies; BCP
Council Waste aware, SOS Save Our Shores, Wessex Water, Eat Grub, The Food E-Box, CanO
Water, Friends of the Earth, SUEZ UK and Almond&co Bournemouth all filled the first floor
with their environmentally-friendly ethos’.
Dawn Burridge is the Volunteering and Sustainability Coordinator for SUBU, she said: “I’d
rather lots of us do it imperfectly than a few of us do it perfectly.
“I think we’ll get more of a change that way, so I’m not a radical vegan, I’m not completely
militant in recycling everything; if everybody actually did their small part it could make a huge
She went on to explain the kinds of environmental challenges students face everyday and
how to avoid the damages they might bring; “Most wet wipes are 85% plastic so when they
do break down after hundreds of years they contaminate all the soil.
“Even the ones that are marked flushable definitely aren’t, and especially as students you
don’t want to be paying the high price when your drain gets blocked, let alone paying the
environmental price years down the line.”
Organisers of the event left the day with one final message: Planet Earth is in danger… but
YOU can make a difference before it’s too late!