The award has been devised to recognise the contributions of UoB and UWE students to Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. Jessica, an MSc student in social sciences, is one of our Green Capital Change Makers and told us about her experiences working on Sustainable Peace for the UN…
"I have been a voluntary rapporteur working for the United Nations Association of Edinburgh (UNAE). Before and after the Sustainable Peace Conference, I've been continuously working to disseminate the information and learning generated by the conference to inform future actions, and my report for UNAE 'Environmental Sustainability and Population Growth' has been published. I hope the time and energy I've devoted contributes to the community comprising academics, students, practitioners, civil servants and the general public to engage with some of the predominant issues of our time and, in doing so, demonstrate the power of communication.
Margaret Atwood famously stated that ‘war is what happens when language fails’. Sustainable peace is more wide-ranging and inclusive than we would normally think, including issues ranging from the role of women in peace-building to environmental sustainability and developing world debt, etc. We need to constantly interrogate the way in which we view the world especially when it comes to issues concerning sustainability. This enhanced sensitivity would help us better grasp the nature of the problem and understand the implications for everyday life".
Are you a Green Capital Change Maker too?
If you have done 7 hours of work on social, economic or environmental sustainability then you can claim a Green Capital Change Maker award recognising your efforts. The awards are open to all students- full time, part time, undergraduate and postgraduate.
This could be a volunteer project, research dissertation, paid employment, anything- as long as it is relevant to sustainability, it qualifies. You need to have shared your action too, a social media post being a great way of doing so.