Feb 18 2015

4 things I learnt during Green Week

  By Mary Leong, MSc Media and Communications student at LSE.

1. Bees!

Someone (commonly mis-attributed to Einstein) famously said that humans wouldn’t survive for much longer if bees died out.

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Thankfully, LSE Bees is doing its part with four small colonies of European honeybees living on the rooftops of Connaught House and Passfield Hall, with a new one to be introduced soon. They provide a great learning opportunity and also produce some delicious local honey!

2. We generate an awful lot of waste.

30 million tonnes of household waste in the UK annually, to be specific. Here’s a pretty staggering photo of rubbish collected from three buildings in three hours at LSE.

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Some of it is recycled and composted, but most of it ends up in landfills. I’m making a conscious effort to be better about composting, as mucky as it can get in our halls kitchens!

3. It takes over 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton T-shirt!

Most of it comes from the water needed to sustain “thirsty crops” such as cotton. While there are industry initiatives to reduce the amount of water used in the growing of cotton, you can reduce your environmental footprint (and save money!) by buying second-hand clothes, donating your old clothes, and air-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer.

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4. Rooftop gardening

Despite our central location in the city, there are several rooftop gardens on various buildings across campus. During the summer, these gardens are home to tomatoes, plums, peas, courgettes, lettuce, and lots of other fresh fruits, veggies, and bee-friendly crops. Delicious!

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This article originally appeared on the LSESU blog on 16th February 2015. 

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