Green University, Green Life

What is actually happening at our university in terms of sustainability and the environment? Here we would like to give you an overview of some activities for the winter semester 2020/21:

Every semester, the environmental department of the Student Council offers a series of lectures on environmental topics. Each semester there is a overarching topic, under which experts are invited to give lectures and participate in discussions. Within the framework of the so-called “Überfachliche Grundlagen” (interdisciplinary basics), which are part of most curricula, credits can even be recognized for this. You can find out exactly how this works on the homepage of the Environmental Department. The lectures are digital this semester.

This semester, the overarching topic is:

“Is environmental degradation making us sick?
Why environmental protection equals health protection”

Medicine has made enormous progress in the last centuries: We are able to cure more and more diseases, we understand more and more how we can enhance our health and thereby improve our quality of living. But thanks to our way of life we are negatively impacting our environment and thus our health more and more every day: Microplastics in our food und drinking water, air pollution, increasingly frequent heat waves that are enhanced by climate change and much more. At the same time the environment has a lot of positive effects on our health – nature increases our physical and psychological wellbeing and offers us a lush diversity of foods and plant based active ingredients. 

However, a lot of those things that our environment is providing us, we are jeopardizing with our behavior. If we want to maintain a healthy world that’s worth living in, for us and future generations, we have to find a way to live in harmony with our environment! Scientific insights have to be combined with effective actions. 

We are inviting you to learn from experts about the relationship between environment and health and to find out how to improve it – informative, critical and interdisciplinary.

Another “big player” for student commitment in the environmental field are the Students for Future. Since the winter semester 2019/20, for example, they have been organizing the so-called Public Climate School, a week full of public environmental lectures for the transfer of knowledge from science to society. It takes place in mid-November in the winter semester and mid-May in the summer semester.

Public Climate School 16th-20th November 2020

But how do you now, as a private person, put into practice in real life all that you learn in these lectures? Don’t worry – both groups will take care of that together. In the environmental lifeguide you can learn how to live more sustainably. Powered by Students for Future, the environmental departments of TUM and LMU and others. Because it concerns us all 😉