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Program points during Act Sustainable! 2017
DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Image: Milad Mohammadi
Milad is a true change agent. When he was only 22 year old, he graduated law school and political science and was Sweden’s youngest lawyer, but found it insufficient. Milad believed he could make a bigger difference by creating social projects, hold courses in leadership and spread his message by becoming one of Scandinavia’s greatest lecturer. Milad’s core message has always been that our differences are our greatest possibilities. He fights for diversity, inclusion, equality and gender equality. With his story-telling, he inspires with laughter and tears.
Organizer: Milad Mohammadi
SLOW FASHION – YOUR GUIDE TO SMART AND SUSTAINABLE FASHION
Image: Johanna Nilsson
An inspiring lecture about slow fashion. Slow fashion is a contrast to today’s fast shopping behaviours, and it values reflection, personal style and quality. Inspiration and hand-on advice and tools on how you can change your fashion routines towards a more sustainable day will be presented during this hour!
Johanna N is an author, lecturer and founder of the call for Slow Fashion. She has more than 10 years of experience of fairtrade and sustainable development, and is running her own jewelry brand JohannaN. She is also founder of the sustainable fashion store Replik.
SPEED DATING WITH SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONALS
Image: David Sjöqvist, Miljöbron
One of the most popular events from last year’s Act Sustainable! is happening again this year! Take this amazing opportunity to speed-date sustainability professionals from several organizations. List of the sustainability pros will be updated soon!
This program point requires signing up in advance! Hurry to secure your spot via this form!
CRASH COURSE IN INNOVATION PROCESSES
Black Dot is a non-profit student based organization whose aim is to create a platform for students to solve challenges trough value crating processes. We firmly believe that people should have the tools and the insights necessary to shape their own lives, grow as individuals and build a better future. All our previous engagements have always had a focus on helping others to realize their ideas.
Together with our partners we host Innovation Weekends where we match interdisciplinary teams of students with external actors to solve complex challenges. During the weekend, we provide our students with innovation and entrepreneurial tools and knowledge and end the weekend with a pitch! During our one hour workshop, you get a crash course in what a weekend could look like!
Organizer: Black Dot
ENVIROTRAVEL – ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN ICELANDImage: Private
The student driven organization for sustainability HaSS organizes a yearly field trip for a delegation of students to experience and learn more about different sustainability topics. This year’s EnviroTravel took them to Iceland where they focused on energy and climate change issues. Join this lecture to listen to their own stories and lessons learned, and see amazing images from their boat ride from Sweden to Iceland among other things!
Organizer: Handels Students for Sustainability (HaSS)
AVIATION AND CLIMATE – WHAT CAN WE DO?
Jörgen Larsson, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, discusses how the aviation industry affects the climate, and what politicians as well as us as individuals kan to do reduce the aviation emissions.
Organizer: Jörgen Larsson, researcher at Chalmers
TRY YOUR ENGINEERING SKILLS WITH ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Image: Ingenjörer Utan Gränser
Engineers Without Borders organize and conduct several engineering projects worldwide. Come and listen to what kind of projects they run and try some out yourself!
Organizer: Engineers Without Borders
YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Organizer: Björn Fondén, Swedish Youth Representative in the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)
Every year, world leaders gather at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York to discuss progresses made and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Amongst them are youth representatives pushing for better inclusion of young people in international political processes. Björn Fondén, the 2017 Swedish Youth Representative in the UN HLPF, joins Act Sustainable! to share his experiences as a youth in international sustainability politics during an interactive lecture.
HOW SMART IS YOUR PHONE, REALLY?
Arjen Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He also holds the UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. Furthermore he is the Carl Bennet Guest Professor in Education for Sustainable Development at University of Gothenburg and an Adjunct at Cornell University in the United States. His teaching and research focus on designing learning processes and learning spaces that enable people to contribute meaningfully sustainability. Join this eye-opening workshop and learn about sustainability while deconstructing a cell phone!
Organizer: Arjen Wals
GUIDED TOUR TO PEDAGOGENS OWN SOLAR PANELS!
Did you know that Pedagogen has their own solar panels on the roof at the venue where Act Sustainable! takes place? Take this chance to see them with your own eyes and learn how they operate and why they have installed them at the university building at all!
Maximum 8 people/tour.
Tour 1: 14:00-15:00
Tour 2: 15:30-16:30
Registration is required for this activity, so please fill out this form!
SWAP YOUR CLOTHES ALL DAY
Image: Su–May @ Flickr
Are you tired of your old clothes? Or maybe you think they would bring joy to another owner? Bring up to five pieces of clothes to Act Sustainable!, get a ticket for each and swap for new finds!
Organizer: Global Students for Sustainability (GloSS)
WRAP UP WITH KEY SPEAKERS – ASK YOUR QUESTIONS
If there is one program point you should attend, this is the one! During 30 minutes, the key speakers of Act Sustainable! 2017 will summarize their key message from their presentations, provide you with some useful advice for your sustainability career and answer any questions you might have. Among the key speakers, you will find Johanna Nilsson, author, designer and lecturer, Björn Fondén, Swedish youth representative in the UN High-level political forum for sustainable development and a sustainability pro from Miljöbron’s speed-dating session!
How Can We Live Together in the Anthropocene? Education for Sustainability at IDPP
It is widely agreed that we have entered the Anthropocene that is broadly described as a new geological epoch in which there is unprecedented impact on the Earth and all its species. Many of these impacts (e.g. environmental pollution, climate change, mass-extinction of species) originate in human activity (Crutzen & Stoermer, 2000; Gibson et al. 2015). The same species that has caused this systemic dysfunction also has the responsibility to turn the tide and respond to it (Wals, 2017). Many scholars now agree that if ‘we’ are to continue to live on this planet, we have to reverse harmful human-centric behaviors and change our way of being, thinking, knowing and relating. We need to see ourselves as part of the environment, not separate from it; to reframe the environment in ethical terms; and to learn from what is already happening in the world (Gibson, Rose and Fincher, 2015).Yet, how to do this has remained a key challenge of our time. The presentation highlights some of the issues embedded within this debate and opens up a room for discussion.
Accompanying this discussion, a new Masters programme in Education for Sustainable Development to be launched at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies in 2018 will be introduced to the audience.
DON’T GO IN THE FOSSIL GAS TRAP! A LOCAL CLIMATE BATTLE IN GOTHENBURG
In the harbour of Gothenburg, there are plans on building a terminal for liquid fossil gas – something that will lock us inside a new type of fossil dependency when we really need a transition towards reusable energy sources. Simply put, we will get stuck in a fossil gas trap!
During this interactive workshop, we will learn more about the true effects of fossil gas on our climate, how the development of fossil gas looks like globally, and how we can get involved in combating this unsustainable development for a fossil free and climate just future. We say #NO2LNG!
Organizer: Fossilgasfällan Göteborg
In one hour, solar energy provides as much energy as we consume globally in one year. Earth provides us with great conditions to produce more solar cells, and the market for solar cells is growing rapidly. Solcellskollen.se aims to make it easier for anyone who is thinking about investing in solar cells. By setting up a neutral website collecting information and services about solar cells, Solcellskollen.se contributes to a more transparent, accessible and easier Swedish market for solar energy.
Erik Wallnér, co-founder of Solcellskollen.se, will go through why and how they started this initiative. Take this opportunity to learn from Gothenburg entrepreneurs recently gratuated from Chalmers and gain interesting and useful advice on how to make a living of sustainability solutions!
MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE – INFLUENCE THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
One of the greatest sustainability challenges in Sweden and other high-income countries is our travel routines and habits. Resia Travel Group is a valuedriven corporate group including brands such as Resia, Bengt-Martins, Resfeber, Box Office, Cruise Market and Hyttespecialisten to help people find the right travel options, whether it be for vacation, business trips or conferences. During Act Sustainable!, Resia Travel Group wants your perspectives, competencies and knowledge to help strengthen their sustainability work! Make a real difference and help changing a sector with a history of unsustainability towards a sustainable path for people and planet!