When Sustainability Becomes a Mere Buzzword


Sustainability. It’s on everyone’s lips. From the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the new campus ASC and UCSA board members. But what is it really, and why is it gaining such traction?

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Black Plastic Cups

By Clemens Schally

As an enlightened, educated student of a good, Western European University, you are without a doubt aware of the acute ecological crisis our planet is facing. While global capitalism might try to convince you that a futuristic ‘green-economy’, in which everything you consume is ‘50% recycled’ or ‘20% more fuel efficient’, is the solution, it takes little more than common sense and a bit of critical thinking to recognise that this is nothing other than moral relief for rich people rather than a sustainable solution for a dire and imminent situation. Summarised in a nutshell, the brand of capitalism we are living every day is simply not able to create sustainable solutions for the future. We cannot combine a sustainable society with an economic system that relies on people consuming more and more, with products getting cheaper and more fragile in order to ensure a higher turnover. Such is consumerism in short. Continue reading “Black Plastic Cups”

Standing Up for Sustainability

By Ben Norbu Bultrini

At UCU we are taught to think critically, take a variety of perspectives into account and act according to our ideals. We are supposedly given a voice with our GAs, and can be involved and influence our community by joining committees. However, the UCSA lacks the bargaining power to influence certain crucial decisions.

This is supposed to be a place where leaders with progressive, well-founded ideas are educated, but the average student is not given a voice or a realistic way to enact real change. The people here are constantly changing but the campus feels the same. There has been stagnation in our living conditions, our catering, and in progress towards sustainability. The upcoming campus renovations are evidence of the administration’s inadequate efforts to involve students in decision-making.   Continue reading “Standing Up for Sustainability”

Turn Off the Heat, Fill Your Wallet

The Environmental Impact of Campus Life By Sofia Banzhoff Climate change. Water shortage. Piles of plastic that will outlive us by centuries. Being concerned about the environment is no longer frowned upon or reserved for hippies. It is chic; even H&M now sells organic cotton. Sustainability is becoming a magic word, and we are the first generation to grow up on a planet that is … Continue reading Turn Off the Heat, Fill Your Wallet