The Student Environment Action Collective updates us on enviro activism

Welcome to the Student Environment Action Collective (SEAC)!

There is plenty of excitement this week in the Environment Department because we have found a space for our community garden! After sneakily building a guerrilla garden on Eastern Avenue and after a long time negotiating with Uni admin we’re ecstatic to see this finally happening! We’re excited to be working with the Centre for English Teaching and the USU Food Coop to bring together domestic and international students by building and maintaining a community garden. This will strengthen our campus community through sustainability education. There are huge opportunities for sustainability education to show people how to work outside of corporate food production. Gardening is also great for mental health. We hope that the space can be used for all sorts of groups to run workshops and hang out.

Examples of student community gardens abound. ANU, Monash, Wollongong and CSU Wagga Wagga all have vibrant garden spaces run by students and for students.

If you’re keen to help out planning and building the community garden then you should totally get in touch! https://www.facebook.com/groups/usydcommunitygarden/ or come to a SEAC meeting every Wednesday at 12pm on the Sunken Lawns next to Manning. And find us on Facebook or at www.sydneyunienviro.org.

SEAC is also planning an awesome trip to Tasmania in the July holidays. This year Students of Sustainability (SOS) will run from the 5th to 9th of July at the University of Tasmania, Launceston Campus. Come hang out with three hundred students fighting for environmental justice! Sounds like a great way to warm up the winter holidays.

The program is looking awesome! Focusing on campaign success stories, practical skills and workshopping current campaigns. Workshop submissions are welcome and due by Friday 17th May. We are also planning to go on a mass roadtrip to the Tarkine forest afterwards with local forest campaigners and the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN) to help stop the clear-fell destruction of old growth forest in order to mine the area for fossil fuels. We’ll also visit the Florentine and other key sites for the endangered Tasmanian Devil.

Don’t miss out, register now and get your transport sorted. Subsidies are available from both the conference organizer and from the SRC, so don’t miss it because of money issues. The SOS crew is also offering financial help to first-time SOS-goers.

Find out everything you need to know on the website: www.studentsofsustainability.org. It’s organised by the Tasmania Uni student enviro collective and the Australian Student Environment Network, so it is by students and for students.

Coming Up:
You are invited to our discussion night on Thursday 30th May at 5pm in New Law 115. Pop it in your diary: How to be a Good Ally: Indigenous Solidarity in the Environment Movement.

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