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Environmental Students Campaign Against Waste

Monday 11 December 2017


Throughout the academic year 2017-18, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is working with Friends of the Earth and the National Union of Students (NUS) offering students the opportunity to study a Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning as an additional qualification. The six students from RuTC who were selected for this course will gain eight additional UCAS points, which will benefit their personal statements for university and provide additional hands-on experience for future careers.

Daniel Sudworth who is studying the Community Campaigning programme alongside his A Levels in Psychology, Government and Politics and History, says; “I joined this group for two reasons; firstly because I think the environment is an important issue and something needs to be done, and it may as well start at a local level. Secondly, it seemed like a fun and different experience.”

During the Autumn term, RuTC students voted on the environmental issue that means the most to them and the Community Campaigning students have taken the winning vote of ‘waste’ as the issue to focus on. Their aim over the coming year will be to try creating a community campaign to reduce waste at RuTC. Inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet 2 and Sky’s Ocean Rescue, the team will put their focus on plastic. They have met with the college’s Catering and Estates departments and aim to take their campaign to the Principal to action their plan across the college.

RuTC is one of four London colleges taking part in the community campaigning project, called ‘My World, My Home’. Students have attended a training session held by Friends of the Earth at the Woodberry Wetlands Centre in Hackney, North London, with 25 other students from the other London colleges.

The training provided the students with the knowledge and skills to plan and implement their own campaign. The session involved role-playing to sharpen negotiating skills and storytelling to help them work towards the Award. Isaac Skrzypczyk who is studying A Levels in Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology says; “We are hoping to highlight the importance of recycling and to reduce the use of single plastic at RuTC.”

If you would like more information about this or to get involved, please contact Laura McFarlane-Shopes, Community Activism Coordinator at Friends of the Earth: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Principal Pledges to Reduce College Plastic Waste by 2019

Wednesday 28 March 2018

On Thursday 22 March 2018, Principal and CEO of Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Robin Ghurbhurun signed the Plastic Free RuTC Charter 2018-2019 during a planned day of action.

The event and pledge charter were organised by a passionate group of RuTC students. These students are taking part in My World My Home, an enrichment programme in community campaigning being delivered by environmental charity Friends of the Earth in conjunction with the National Union of Students (NUS).

With the vast majority of the UK's plastic waste not being reused or recycled and up to 12 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea each year, RuTC students and staff voted that plastic waste was the number one environmental issue they wanted to change at RuTC. As part of the My World My Home programme, the students have been working with senior college management to create a charter that pledges to reduce plastic use. The aim is to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic used on campus by 2019, when the new state-of-the-art college building opens. The new building will boast a renewables centre and a low carbon automotive centre. Waste, including the use of paper will also be drastically reduced.

RuTC staff are working closely with the students in reducing plastic waste by decreasing plastic packaging, not giving out plastic straws and raising awareness through videos and physical displays in the refectory.

RuTC Friends of the Earth Robin Signing Charter

RuTC Student, Rufus Irvine, says: “I think the pledge is important as it is both treading the path for other schools to follow and showing that students can make a tangible change”.

RuTC Student, Isaac Skrzypczyk, delivered a compelling and enthusiastic speech to students and staff during the day of action and said, “I am passionate about equality for all beings on earth. Plastic threatens the future for this earth with its lack of degradability and its harm to sea life and humans too. I cannot fight for equality worldwide if there is no world to fight for”.

Read the Plastic-Free RuTC charter 2018-19 here!

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