A Week to Green Out with your Buds
OUSA will be keeping the Greenies happy with the inaugural Environment Week starting on Monday September 10, being held “in an effort to raise student awareness of critical environmental issues, and inspire them to take action.”
Scitell, a new series of lectures being launched by the University, will kick off the week at 7pm on Monday in the Castle 1 lecture theatre. Leading scientists from around the country will explain cutting-edge scientific concepts. Monday’s lecture will include a controversial presentation called “New Zealand's 100% Pure Clean-Green Delusion”.
On Tuesday Generation Zero will put on a $3 Dinner at OUSA Clubs and Socs between 6pm and 8pm. If keen beans finish by 7.30pm, they will be in time for the Otago University Debating Society's event “The Great Green Debate”. Held in the Richardson building's Moot Court, a distinguished panel of commentators, including Mayor David Cull, will participate, and a team of top debaters will contest that “the environment should be our number one priority.” The $3 meal theme will continue between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, also at Clubs and Socs, with a Dinner and Movie Night featuring Captain Planet.
Thursday night will see an illuminating exposé on the University's use of lignite fossil fuel for power, hosted by Generation Zero in St David Lecture Theatre at 5.30pm. Critic speculates that this will be presented by candlelight, using only lantern projectors for AV assistance.
The week will draw to a close with the SEA Otago Organic Festival, from 7pm on Saturday at St Martin's Hall on Northumberland Street. Now in its 8th year, the festival will showcase the best of Dunedin's organic output, from beer, wine, and food to community groups and music.
“There's an activity for everyone,” says OUSA VP Jono Rowe. “It's about giving us a chance to get involved around campus and learn a thing or two at the same time.”