About the Project
The 2015 Cambridge University Ethical Festival (“the Festival”) will be held from Nov.15 to Nov.21. This year, the Festival will target on climate change. It is in an effort to raise awareness of various climate changes issues and offer an opportunity for Cambridge University students as well as local residents, non-profits and business to work together to promote sustainability. The week-long Festival will be held at various locations across the University of Cambridge. And activities will include talks, workshops, discussion panels, workshops, film screenings, garden visit and etc.
- Nov.15 Opening ceremony: Opening night in Lola Lo Cambridge
- Nov. 21 Closing ceremony: Formal with our honorary guest speaker Lewis Pugh
Formal is a tradition of University of Cambridge. It serves three-course extravaganza which uses sustainable and locally-sourced foods.
Here is the introduction of Lewis Pugh from Wikipedia. Lewis Pugh is an ocean advocate, a maritime lawyer and a pioneer swimmer. He was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world and he frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight. His awards include France and South Africa’s highest honours, as well as the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. And in 2013 he was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Lewis is an Ambassador of a number of environmental organizations including the Treasure the Karoo Action Group, the Cape of Good Hope Wildlife Unit and the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds. He is also the UNEP’s Patron of the Oceans.
- Nov. 16 Heidy Rehman’s speech on ethics in the fashion industry, especially fashion and the environment
Heidy Rehman is the Founder of Rose & Willard, an ethical and feminist British womenswear brand based in London
- Nov.15-Nov.21 National Student Union Online Quiz for Climate Change
- Nov. 19 Living Lab Exhibition
Living Lab provides opportunities for Cambridge students to connect academia with activism. Students conduct their research projects across the University of Cambridge to improve its sustainability. Topics include energy saving, waste recycling, transportation, the built environment, consumption patterns and etc.(For more details, please visit https://youtu.be/dmDoSOv85o0)
Activities to be confirmed:
- Hard Rain Project
- Green Careers Network
- Documentary Screening
- Botanic Garden Visit
- Green Officers Training
About the Organization
Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU), part of the University of Cambridge, is the university-wide representative body for students at the University of Cambridge. CUSU is a federal body made up of individual college student unions (known as JCRs and MCRs). CUSU has an ethical affairs team. It focuses on the environment, social justice and development. It aims to promote awareness of these crucial issues to the student population and empower them to act upon them in a number of ways. From 2013, it started to host a university-wide ethical festival every year.
The purpose of crowdfunding
Since most of our activities are free, we need some funding to run the events. And we will try our best to make the expenditure as low as possible. Expenditure includes:
- Travel and accommodation fees for speakers
- Venue hire
- Equipment hire
- Printing and photocopying