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Celebrating Earth Day - how you can stay connected with nature during the lockdown

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day, an annual celebration of environment that happens every year on the 22nd of April. It is also the 50th Anniversary of the first ever Earth Day, which started back in 1970. This year the theme is climate action - you can find out more about Earth Day 2020 on the official website here. They have lots of suggestions of small actions you can take - from measuring your local air quality to doing a mini litter pick.

Have your say - help us design a new green space for Edinburgh College.

ECSA is working with Edinburgh College's Ccommunity Garden Coordinator to plan the creation of a new green space at Milton Road campus.

There is a grassy field at Milton Road campus that Edinburgh College wishes to plan trees on. This will create more and better green spaces at the campus for students, staff, and local residents and community groups to use. It will also help the environment and contribute to lowering the college's carbon emissons, as trees absorb carbon dioxide.

ECSA is awarded new funding to expand our successful climate change project.

We're delighted to share the news that Edinburgh College Students' Associtaion has been awarded over £190,000 as part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to run another climate change project from 2020-2022. This project will offer free support to help Edinburgh College students to travel more sustainably, and to reduce their food and textile waste.

Green Student Awards

Through our Go Green - Low Carbon Travel project, we have the opportunity to reward three students for their efforts to live in a more environmentally-friendly way. So we want to hear from you if you've made a concious effort to travel in a more sustainable way this year, and especially if you've also been encouraging your friends and classmates to do the same. Your entry can also include information about any other changes you have made to your lifestyle to be more sustainable. Winning examples might include:

Support the UN Global Goals Teach-In: 17th - 21st February

Monday 17th of February is the start of a week of Global Goals Teach-Ins, where educators pledge to teach the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals as part of their lessons during the week. ECSA is supporting this campaign to highlight the importance of including sustainable development in education, and we call on Edinburgh College lecturers to take part.