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UWC Earth Day 2018: Take The #MyGreenUWC Pledge

Author: Nicklaus Kruger

Earth Day is coming on 22 April 2018 - so why not join the #MyGreenUWC Pledge Campaign and do your bit to green our campus - and the world?

Earth Day 2018 at UWC: Take The #MyGreenUWC Pledge and Help Save the World

Do you like Earth? Do you want to help preserve the planet for future generations, and make sure your children’s children’s children are able to enjoy sustainable lifestyles - and a University that’s clean and green?

If so, please join UWC’s Green Ambassadors to observe Earth Day on 22 April 2018, which will see the launch of the #MyGreenUWC Pledge Campaign.

“Earth Day denotes the importance of sustaining our planet through rendering environmental education and awareness interventions,” says Njebulo Maphumulo, Student Leadership & Support Coordinator, and Coordinator of UWC’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI).

“Protecting our planet earth means conserving natural resources which are essential for living. UWC as a proud green University can contribute towards protecting our planet by reducing carbon emissions, saving water and energy, and promoting eco-friendly procurement.”

Earth Day will be a busy time for greening at the University: UWC GCI will collect litter around campus that can be recycled or reused; clean up around UWC fence on Robert Sobukwe and Symphony Roads; plant 11 trees for each residence and hike Lions Head; and also spread the message and promote the pledge.

“Signing the #MyGreenUWC Pledge means as a proud UWC community member - student or staff - you are taking responsibility for promoting sustainability and environmental awareness, adhering to , green practices, and developing a more eco-friendly campus,” Njabulo notes.

“#MyGreenUWC Pledge is a Behavioral change & Social Awareness Campaign aimed at encouraging UWC community members to get involved in "promoting a greener UWC" on campus and at home.”

The UWC Green Campus Initiative aims to promote environmental sustainability interventions around campus. It is underpinned by the belief that our campus will exercise leadership within the university community by modelling ways to minimize global warming emissions and raising awareness to attain climate neutrality.

On Earth Day, UWC Green Ambassadors will be around campus encouraging students and staff to pledge their support towards making UWC Green - and saving the planet.

The pledge will be available online and on various social media platforms from 22 April 2018, and the campaign will run till 22 May 2018.

Being Green: A Few Top Tips

Looking for ways to join the UWC Green Community and observe Earth Day 2018? Want to do your bit to help save the planet?

Well, you could always...

Recycle and Reuse

  • Recycle paper, plastic and glass - reducing your garbage by 10% (and your carbon footprint to boot).

  • Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.

  • Bring reusable bags when you shop, and pack your lunch in a reusable bag.

Be Paperless - or at least Paper LESS

  • Set your office printer to print two-sided, and collect and recycle used printer, fax, and copier cartridges.

  • Read documents online instead of printing them.

  • Reuse scrap paper, or use recycled paper.

Be Water Wise

  • Take a shorter shower, use a water-saving shower head, and fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.

  • Wash clothes only when necessary; use cold water and line dry.

  • Hint: More water wise tips are available from the City of Cape Town - avoid Day Zero.

Be Energy Efficient

  • Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using (and yes, this includes turning off your computer at night).

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (go green and get exercise at the same time!).

  • Lower the temperature on your water heater and use energy-efficient appliances.

Adopt an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

  • Plant a tree or donate a tree through the Ten Million Trees Foundation

  • Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.

  • Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.

  • Carpool, ride your bike or use public transportation.

  • Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer.

UWC Green Campus Initiative isn’t just focusing on Earth Day, naturally. There will be embarking on #ReduceCO2 Campaign through a Green Petition to UWC to introduce a "Parking Policy", promote Carpooling & Campus Cycling to reduce merging challenges due to campus parking issue. There’s also the upcoming Eco-Runway Fashion Show, the Green My Res Day, and much, much more.

Why not take a peek at the Green Campus Calendar​ to find out how to get involved?

“Join us in making a difference on our campus, and in our homes - and in the world,” says Njabulo. “There’s a lot of work to be done - and we can only do it together.  Initiate Change, Act Now & Go Green!”

For more information, please contact Njabulo Maphumulo atnmaphumulo@uwc.ac.za or 021-959-3497 / 082-549-9683.

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