Trinity College Dublin Green Week

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Trinity College Dublin Green Week is taking place February 21st – 25th 2022.

Keep up to date with planned events here.

Trinity College Dublin is serving 75% plant-based food on campus for the week.

The theme this year is ‘‘Repairing our Broken Food Systems’. The week-long series of events will focus on the problems with, and solutions to, our food systems from farm to fork.

According to Trinity College Dublin Green Week, the entire global (and local) food system on our planet has been broken for years. Food grown with pesticides and fertilisers is now known to negatively impact our gut microbiome (the microbes that live in our digestive tract), whereas local, organic foods serve us better. Industrial farming has wiped out biodiversity across the planet, but regenerative farming practices (organic, permaculture, agroforesty, silviculture, etc.) have the ability to sequester carbon, grow healthy, nutritious food and provide habitat. Waste occurs at every point along the journey our food makes from land to our plates, yet there is a growing global movement which is having positive impacts on this.

Join Trinity College Dublin Green Week February 21st – 25th in a university-wide celebration of food, biodiversity and farms.

Highlight events taking place include:

* Chef Darina Allen will be speaking on the Biodiversity Panel about ‘Food, Farming and Biodiversity: The Need for a More Sustainable Irish Food System’ on Thursday 24th February from 7 – 8pm.

* Renowned travel writer Manchán Magan will speak about why he gave up air travel and how this recent change has transformed his life on 22nd February from 7-8.

* A free student Swap Shop with clothing, books and other items donated by staff and students

* A sustainable pop-up shop on Feb 24th and 25th in the Berkeley Library, showcasing sustainable products made by students and staff.

* There will also be a sustainable careers panel with environmental consultants and professionals.

Provost Linda Doyle said:

The College Community was asked to vote on the theme for this year’s Green Week. The chosen theme aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal 2, ‘Zero Hunger’, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture. The College Community also voted on making our catering menu more sustainable. I’m delighted that so many engaged in this decision-making process.

The programme of activities planned for Green Week will raise awareness, and encourage behaviour change, around all the issues involved.

Sustainability Advisor Michele Hallahan said:

Our theme this year was chosen by popular vote, reflecting people’s growing alarm with how food is grown, produced and transported thousands of miles. Industrial food manufacturing is one of the leading contributors to climate change and biodiversity loss across our planet. 94% of the mass of animals on this planet are agricultural and domestic, so only 6% are wild. This year’s Green Week theme investigates the problems and solutions associated with our broken food systems.

Steven Galvin

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