The environmental crisis is perhaps the biggest problem that humankind has faced during our brief time on the planet.
It is such a large, seemingly overwhelming issue that there is a danger we are all frozen into inaction. What can we do as individuals that will make any difference? How do we even begin to reduce our environmental footprint and start to make a change?
Here at Arcadia many of us share these thoughts and concerns but strongly believe that we should all begin to make changes in the way we live our own lives without delay. As Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
As a Center, we have already started to recognise and measure our impact on the environment and have made many changes to the way we operate to reduce that impact.
As an educational institution, we also see it as our duty to provide spaces where we can share what we know and generate new ideas. In some cases, this will be in the formal setting of the classroom but we are also keen to find less structured, non-hierarchical places for this to happen. We started by creating an open discussion board called “Green Space” where all are free to post thoughts, ideas, and inspirations on sustainability matters.
Following on from this, “Foods and Thoughts” is a new initiative from the London Center which aims to create an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together and discuss topics related to sustainability and environmental issues. It is a space where we can all share our knowledge, concerns, ideas, and actions.
We will hold a series of lunchtime discussions and events that will take place throughout the semester. We are looking forward to seeing you and discussing this all together.
Our first discussion is on the 21st of February from 12.40 till 13.20 at the London Center. The topic will be related to environmental issues in London and how you can live more sustainably here.
Do not fear! We made sure that this doesn’t look like any other discussions you had!
Are you ready to ‘play’ and eat*?
*Something sweet will be offered during the discussion!
Everyone is more than welcome to join!
All you have to do is to bring your lunch and check at the Reception in which classroom we are meeting.