Students talk about the future of sustainability at Western
The Western Front
April 22, 2016
Western students gave feedback on the university’s sustainability at an event on Wednesday, April 20.
Mitchell Thomashow, author of “The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus”, spoke in Wilson Library’s Reading Room about sustainability on college campuses.
“You have a lot to celebrate. So the point is, how can you do even better at what you do well now? That’s what the challenge is,” Thomashow said.
Western’s Office of Sustainability displayed the ten chapters of their sustainability action plan around the room. After the presentation, students placed multicolored dots indicating approval or disapproval on sections of the draft and filled out comment cards. A “what’s missing” board was left open for general comments.
Junior Stephanie Cheng attended the event.
“I think by not divesting from fossil fuels, they’re not upholding [their pledge],” Cheng said. “Western does talk a lot and prides itself on sustainability and how we talk about the environment, but without action behind it, Western’s not living up to our core values.”
In 2013, 86 percent of students voted for divestment, Cheng said. “This is still a big problem.”
Thomashow discussed challenges to sustainability, including what he called the planetary emergency. He broke this concept down into an imminent extinction, dramatic declines in biodiversity, changing climatic circulation and “biogeochemical imbalances” – or disturbances in the carbon cycle… Full Article