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World Earth Day at the SU: 22nd April

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Monday 22nd April is World Earth Day: an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

This year's theme is Planet vs Plastics!

To mark this day, the SU have a organised a variety of activities to get involved with, including our World Earth Day Fair in the SU main room.



What's on for World Earth Day?



With this year's theme being Planet vs Plastics, what better way to support this cause by painting your own totebags to reduce the amount of plastic bags used!

All those who attend will be able to paint a tote bag free of charge and be able to take it away with you to use for your shopping! 

*we have a limited supply of totebags so it will be first come first serve! 

Visit the event page.




Come and visit our stalls at our World Earth Day Fair from 12:00 - 15:00 in the SU Main Room to discuss how you can help take part in your local community! 

Stalls include: 

  • Student Led Volunteering 
  • Totebag painting 
  • Ocean Conservation Trust 
  • Plymouth Environmental Action
  • University of Plymouth Sustainability Team 
  • Green Communities Plymouth 
  • Students Organsing for Sustainability

Visit the event page here.




The University of Plymouth Sustainability Team invite you to participate in a free, interactive workshop to raise your awareness of the complex nature of climate change, giving an overview to this vast problem and provide the keys to understand in order to act effectively.

They are hosting the event with staff volunteers, who will guide tables of eight through the Fresk. Awareness gained in this session will help you understand why the University decided to declare a Climate Emergency in 2019 and create a path to Net Zero

Knowledge gained in this session may support your academic and research interests, with this interactive workshop strongly linking with our Core Principle of Sustainability. Following on from the Fresk there may be additional opportunity to train up as a student facilitator which can be used whilst at University and within employment.    

What is the workshop?

Climate Fresk (Climate Fresk (world) - Climate Fresk) is an interactive workshop created in 2015 by Cédric Ringenbach, as a fun, creative and collaborative approach to learning about climate change. It gives an introduction to the functioning of the climate system as well as causes and consequences of its disruption – so no experience or knowledge of climate change is required to part. 

All are welcome to join in! Please purchase a free ticket in order to attend as there are only 16 spaces available! 

Visit the event page here.



If you are unable to attend our events on Monday 22nd April, but would like to get involved in volunteer work around sustainability, why not get involved with Student-Led Volunteering?

Student-Led Volunteering (SLV): SLV offers volunteering projects and events which are organised and led by fellow University of Plymouth students with your student lifestyle in mind. They offer a diverse range of one-off volunteering opportunities open to all students throughout the academic year. There are three main volunteering groups: Animal Conservation, Green Team and Special Olympics. Find out more about SLV here.

If you are interested in volunteer work, please make sure you check out the UPSU volunteering webpage for more information and to browse the latest volunteering opportunities brought to you by your SU. You can also pop in for a chat with the volunteering team in the Students’ Union or drop them an email:




? Please see the World Earth Day website for more information here.