This year AAU Student Council has organized a week-long event celebrating conscious and sustainable lifestyles. Here is a recap and photos from EcoWeek.

A series of talks, workshops, discussions, and interactive events were aimed to inspire and bring awareness to AAU students and university guests about the changing climate and world ecological situation. The event started with two guest speakers’ talks on Monday, November 11th. The first one, Extinction Rebellion:  “Heading for Extinction and What to do About it”, was presented by members of an international climate activism group, Bradley McGregor and Kate Wiseman. Here's a few key takeaways:
 – 4 out of the 5 mass extinctions suffered on Earth have been due to excessive atmospheric carbon levels. 
 – Engaging in climate action is a form of intergenerational and interspecies respect and responsibility. Instead of asking „Why should I act?“, ask „How will I live with myself if I don't?“

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The second talk “The Green New Deal for Europe: Radical Solutions and a Realistic Plan” was presented by Jan Kuzela and Louise Kelleher, who described the set of solutions designed to effectively reunite Europe and combat the negative consequences of ecological breakdown.

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The second day of EcoWeek started with a discussion on “How to Make AAU Greener?” where students got together and highlighted potential improvements for eco-friendly behavior at AAU, ranging from the removal of plastic cups to a higher degree of community involvement.

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After the discussion, students were invited to another informative talk: “Failing Forests and Depressing Droughts: Climate Dangers Facing Central Europe and Africa” by Jindra Čekan, PhD.

Another busy EcoDay was Wednesday, November 13th, when Secretary General UGS Club Hunter Andrews conducted the “Grow Your Own Micro-Greens” workshop where students learned about microgreens. Later, in the evening, the student lounge was filled with students desiring to trade or exchange useful stuff at the Objext second hand meet-to-trade market. Along with actively involved students, Vintage Pop-Up Prague was invited to participate in the event and were selling secondhand and new clothing.

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The last day of EcoWeek started with DIY hygiene products workshop, where AAU members and guests learned how to make sustainable hygiene products alternatives. The workshop was followed by two talks. First, students discovered the psychological barriers of people’s motivation towards environmental changes at “Eco Psychoanalysis and the Psychology of Climate Change” by Joseph Dodds, PhD, and second, learned about Urban Gardening at “Local Interdependence and Adapting to Climate Change” by Arie Anna Farnam who is an international correspondent for several publications including Business Week.

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Publication date: November 18, 2019