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Green Impact webinar series

July 1, 2023

We're excited to launch our interactive webinar series, covering a range of sustainability topics, for all Green Impact organisations to promote to their teams. We're looking forward to reaching hundreds of staff and students across the Green Impact network. Staff and students from hospitals, universities, local councils and businesses will be able to learn, share ideas and network during these webinars.

Each month, we will share the webinar series with each organisation, to promote to their Green Impact teams. All webinars will be hosted through Zoom and recorded for people to access at a later date. Here's what's coming up, along with our previous webinars to re-watch (all times UK time).

Our monthly webinars are free to join for staff and students from organisations that run our SOS-UK programmes (including Green Impact, Responsible Futures, Student Switch Off, Drug & Alcohol Impact and the Fairtrade University & College Award).

Upcoming webinars

Our webinar series for the upcoming year, 2023-24, is all set to launch. We are thrilled to present a line-up of incredible events organised by our exceptional team. Don't miss out on these exciting opportunities and sign up now to secure your spot!

If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like to see as part of our upcoming series, please email Rachel.Soper@sos-uk.org.

2023-24 webinar recordings

Tuesday 19th September 2023: Climate and health

In this webinar we will explore how human health is impacted by climate change, the health co-benefits of taking climate action, and the role the healthcare sector itself will play in a sustainable future. View recording here.

Thursday 26th October 2023: Event Sustainability

Join this webinar for an overview of making different types of events more sustainable. View recording here.

Tuesday 14th November 2023: Sustainable supply chains - how to support them at work and from home

We will look at issues that make supply chains unsustainable, and provide advice on how we can all contribute to making them better, both at work and at home. View recording here.

Thursday 14th December 2023: Intersecting Paths: Exploring Intersectionality and the Environment

In this webinar, we will examine how race intersects with environmental issues, shaping both the experiences of marginalised communities and the broader ecological landscape. View recording here.

Wednesday 24th January 2024: Wilding the UK

The UK has set a target to protect and restore 30% of our land and sea by 2030, and to halt species decline by 2030. Join this webinar to learn more about these targets, what is being done to help reverse the decline of nature and how you can help support these goals. We'll cover some interesting larger-scale projects and initiatives, alongside suggestions of what you can do to get involved in boosting biodiversity in your local area! View recording here.

Tuesday 13th February 2024: Ethical Finance: How the financial system entrenches climate and social injustice – and how we can transform it to build a just, sustainable future

Ever wondered what banks do with your money when you deposit it in an account with them? Want to know how the world’s most polluting and exploiting industries are funding? This session will give you an overview of the role of the global financial industry in our world’s most pressing climate and social crises – and how organisations can use their influence to help build a just, sustainable economy. View recording here.

Thursday 21st March 2024: My World is our world

Leaning into student perspectives on engaging any and everybody with sustainability. This workshop looks to draw from the experiences of participants on ways to connect anyone to sustainability. View recording here.

Wednesday 10th April 2024: Reducing water pollution – deeper than the mainstream

Are you aware of the sources of water pollution? In this webinar, we will discuss our stores of that compound essential to all life on Earth. We'll cover the scale of the problem, who is responsible, and what we can do to tackle it. From sewage to plastics to E.coli, we'll delve deeper than common knowledge with the aim of leaving you with some new ideas for actions you can take. View recording here.

Thursday 9th May 2024: Empowering workplace learning for a sustainable future

Learning about sustainability at work is a powerful way to build sustainability into your role, and empower others in your team to do the same. Workplace learning and other informal ways of learning are hugely important if we want to realise a just and sustainable future for all, as we will all need to build new skills, knowledge and attributes to bring about the changes we need to see in the world. This webinar will discuss the steps we can take in our roles to build sustainability into our personal development opportunities, and make a real impact through learning. It is part of Learning At Work Week 2024. View recording here.

2022-23 webinar recordings

Tuesday 23rd August 2022: Who's in the room? How to include more voices in your work

For this webinar we will be joined by Andrea Marsden from Victoria University in Wellington to discuss how they have adapted their sustainability work to better reflect the voices in the room, including building in the the principles of Kaupapa Māori (the collective vision, aspiration and purpose of Māori communities). View recording here.

Thursday 15th September 2022: The social pillar of sustainability

In this webinar we will discuss the social pillar of sustainability, which sits alongside the environmental and economic pillars. We will discuss climate justice and how social and environmental actions are linked. View recording here.

Friday 21st October 2022: Reimagining waste

In this webinar we will discuss why we waste so much, the concepts of zero waste (particularly the 5 Rs). and the different ways we can reimagine waste. The webinar will also consider privilege, and how it is important to reflect on privilege when discussing waste. View the recording here.

Tuesday 29th November 2022: What happened at COP27?

In this webinar we will cover a summary of the outcomes of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El Sheikh, and what comes next. View the recording here.

Wednesday 25th January 2023: Tackling the Biodiversity crisis

Want to learn more about what the biodiversity crisis is and how it is interlinked with the climate crisis? Join this webinar to gain an understanding of the key factors driving a decline in global biodiversity, as well as learning about some key solutions to tackling the problem. As part of the session we will be exploring some exciting and ambitious conservation and rewilding projects, as well as how you can get involved in your local community or garden! View the recording here.

Wednesday 22nd February 2023: Sustainable travel at home and at work

This webinar will give an introduction to sustainable travel and transport. We will be looking at the transport we rely on in our daily lives and exploring the complex web of sustainability and climate justice issues around this, with a particular focus on motor vehicles. View the recording here.

Tuesday 18th April 2023: Thirsty Fashion - How the textile industry is bleeding us dry

In  this workshop we will discuss global water access and how much we rely on it,  how thirsty fashion leads to water pollution and limited water access, and  what you can do practically to help. View the recording here.

Thursday 11th May 2023: Discovering wildlife tracks and signs

Curious  to know what wildlife inhabits your campus, local park or back garden? Join  this webinar to learn how you can use key clues and signs to identify the  presence of wildlife species without seeing them directly! We will be hosting  this event with our Hedgehog Friendly Campus team for a special focus on  hedgehogs as part of the session, and will also cover some top tips for  helping your local wildlife to thrive. View the recording here.

2021-22 webinar recordings

Tuesday 13 April: Sustainable Travelers

This workshop will identify the negative environmental and social impacts of air travel and explore how individuals and organisations can make more sustainable travel decisions. View the recording here.

Tuesday 20 July: Repair and shared economy initiatives at universities

Within the wider paradigm of circular economy, repairing and sharing initiatives have gained momentum. In this workshop, we will see some concrete examples and approaches on how this kind of initiatives can be implemented in a HEI context. View the recording here.

Tuesday 17 August: Monitoring your local wildlife - the importance of citizen science

Want to help conservation efforts through monitoring your local wildlife? Join this webinar to learn more about the importance of citizen science and discover fun ways you can get involved! View the recording here.

Tuesday 21 September: An Introduction to Climate Justice and Migration

This workshop will explore the ways in which the climate crisis affects migration, and how we can act in solidarity with migrants. View the recording here.

Tuesday 30 November: What happened at COP26?

This webinar will cover a summary of what happened at COP26 in Glasgow, as well as some case studies of how Green Impact teams across the country have taken action on-the-ground during COP26, and what comes next. View the recording here.

Wednesday 20 January: How to take part in SOS-UK's 2022 SDG Teach In

The SDG Teach In is a campaign delivered by SOS-UK to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and therefore sustainability, at the heart of all stages of education, and across all disciplines. The 2022 campaign will run from 21st February - 4th March 2022. This webinar will support educators and others from schools, colleges, universities etc. to explore the importance of the SDGs, how the SDG Teach-In works and how you can embed the SDGs in your teaching and/or assessment. Students are also welcomed to learn how to encourage their educators to pledge! View the recording here.

Wednesday 9 February: Monitoring your local wildlife

Curious to know how the climate crisis is affecting your local wildlife? Join this webinar to learn more about the importance of citizen science and discover how you can help scientists to track and monitor changes in the seasons, key life events, migrations and populations of species across the UK over this winter and spring! We'll cover some fun projects you can easily get involved in in the coming months and let you know how you can do your bit to help scientific research in 2022. View the recording here.

Tuesday 22 March 2022: Lifelong learning for sustainability

At SOS-UK we believe in lifelong learning for sustainability, meaning everyone can be a 'sustainability student' even after they've left formal education. Workplace learning and other informal ways of learning are hugely important if we want to realise a just and sustainable future for all.

In this webinar we'll discuss the importance of continuing learning beyond education, and how this could be achieved in your workplace or personal life. View the recording here.

Tuesday 26 April 2022: Intersectionality for climate justice

Intersectionality is a term that is becoming more frequently used in the context of climate action and climate justice - but what does it mean?

In this webinar, we will delve into what intersectionality is and why it is used in relation to the climate crisis. We will also explore climate justice as a term and the different ways in which an intersectional approach can help to achieve climate justice for all. View the recording here.

Wednesday 1 June 2022: Is ethical consumption possible, or do we need radical de-growth?

Is it true that "there's no ethical consumption under capitalism"? What has economic growth brought into the world, in what way, and is the focus on it still relevant today, when we're realising the severity and dangers of the climate crisis?

In this webinar we'll look more closely at the economic pillar of sustainability, and explore concepts such as de-growth and doughnut economics for a sustainable future. View recording here.

Wednesday 22 June 2022: Communicating Sustainability

To make a difference with Green Impact, and beyond, we need to effectively communicate what the sustainability issues are, and the solutions.

In this interactive workshop we'll cover practical tips and tricks to use in your Green Impact teams to engage others. View recording here.

Tuesday 12 July 2022: The butt in the drain, The unwanted side-effects of a smoke-free campus

Cigarette butts are the litter items most abundantly found during clean-up activities. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands has a smoke-free campus since 2020, yet over 8500 cigarette butts were counted, collected and mapped in only one month.

IA group of WUR faculty and students examined ways to promote awareness and influence smokers' behaviour without stigmatising them. They're now putting the results into practise in a university-wide effort. Marjolijn Dannenburg, the project's originator, will discuss the project's research, experiences, and outcomes in this webinar. View the recording here.