Planting for climate change

Green-fingered University of Aberdeen students will host an event on Sunday (October 10) to mark a global day of action on climate change.

An afternoon of tree, shrub, herb and bulb planting will take place at Hillhead Halls of Residence beginning at 12noon.

Students, staff and the local community are invited to attend the event which is hosted by the Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA).

It takes place as part of the worldwide 10:10 day of global action which aims to highlight the simple steps which can be taken to reduce emissions, and cut carbon.

The planting session will be followed by a cookery workshop – the results of which will be offered up to attendees as part of a big free lunch.

An energy auditing workshop will also take place in the Butchart Building on King’s College Campus beginning at 3.30pm, providing tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.

A free film screening of Age of Stupid - the 2008 drama-documentary-animation hybrid which stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055 – will be shown at 6pm in the University’s Taylor building.

The day will close with a superhero-themed party to mark the launch of the AUSA’s Climate Change Project – an initiative which aims to save 1000 tonnes of CO2 by encouraging students to get involved in environmentally friendly projects and activities.

The AUSA was awarded a grant of £111K from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund in March this year to develop the initiative.

The party will take place in JP’s University Bar and Grill on Littlejohn Street beginning at 8pm. 

Caspar Lampkin, Student Climate Challenge Project Intern at the University of Aberdeen said: “The impacts of climate change are hitting us now.  This day of global action is a way to demonstrate to world leaders that people everywhere are ready to tackle climate change, and take direct action through fun and simple steps to lower our carbon footprint.

“Sunday’s events will kick off with a planting session at Hillhead Halls of Residence where we will be inviting students, staff and members of the public to join us in creating two herb gardens, a hedge of shrubs, planting some fruit trees and lots of colourful spring bulbs.

“This will be followed by the workshops and free lunch before the film screening and Climate Change Project  launch event in the evening.

“We’d encourage students, staff and members of the public alike to show their support for global action on climate change by getting involved in the day’s activities.”

For a full listing of the events taking place at the University as part of the 10:10 day of global action visit

For more information on the AUSA Climate Change Project visit:

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