Last week was a busy one for me. On Wednesday, I attended an assessment centre for Undergraduate of the Year in social action. It was one of the heavy snow days, and London (for the first time I can remember) felt colder than Cambridge.
I chose to speak about my experience of working with the food hub as an example of ‘impactful social action’ – but had to fit it all into five minutes! Despite this, I think it went well and I hope I managed to convey my passion for the project and what it seeks to achieve.
This week I also had two articles published in student media, both on issues to do with the environment and sustainability. One announced my resignation from the university’s divestment working group. This was set up by the university following a vote at Regent House (the university’s body of fellows) in favour of divestment (removing investments in fossil fuels). I was on the group as a representative of Cambridge Zero Carbon. However, I felt, following almost a year with the group, that the recommendations being suggested did not go far enough in addressing the urgency or injustice of climate change. You can read my article in Varsity here, where I explain the notions of climate justice and solidarity that informed my decision.
The second one was in our geography magazine, Compass. I explored the social aspect of sustainability and food (how we ensure just access to healthy and sustainable food, and how food can be used as a tool to address social issues such as loneliness and isolation) – so of course I had to bring in the Food Hub, as well as Cambridge Sustainable Food more general and FoodCycle Cambridge. You can read that article here (on page 6).
I hope everyone had a wonderful week too and didn’t find the snow too disruptive. Look out for more exciting updates from the Food Hub in the coming weeks!