Ecology and climate justice

Drastic transformation processes will be necessary in the coming period, according to the scientific findings of the IPCC, to avert the unprecedented anthropogenic climate, biodiversity and sustainability crisis. Therefore, the coalition sees it as its duty, beyond that given in the Higher Education Act, to provide an opportunity for fellow students to participate in an informed way in a broad range of current fields of action in the ecological justice movement. For the coalition, this includes the selective raising of awareness of problems and the teaching of theory in lectures and discussions, as well as strengthening future-oriented behavior patterns in workshops and other event formats.

Beyond that the coalition understands itself as permeable star point of the student body, which would like to develop strengthened the complete potential into the entire Hochschulkosmos of the Justus Liebig university to work around the university of the “green, short ways”, also for future generations, more worth living to arrange and receive. To this end, the AStA, in close cooperation with the existing eco-initiatives, fellow students and organizations, will enter into discussions with the university administration, the Studentenwerk Gießen and the state government in order to be able to enforce uncomfortable but indispensable demands for a more massive consideration of ecological aspects, always in a balancing act with social aspects, in the management of the supply and administrative apparatuses of our university. In order to achieve climate neutrality by 2030, the AStA is pushing for a self-sufficient power supply for the AStA premises, a sustainable construction of a student house, as well as more ecological guidelines for the actions of the student bodies and organs of the university. In this way, the student body sets the best example.

1. strengthening responsible behavior patterns

Implementation of an ecological-social freshman week

Organizing a sustainable winter market, a natural cosmetics workshop, a wild herb and mushroom hike, a clothing swap party

Implementation of a climate-friendly nudging campaign, e.g. via stickers and posters on light switches and windows in consultation with the university

Offering lectures on the cause and remedy of the ecological justice crisis

2. strengthening a more ecological university operation

Bringing all status groups together in discussion formats to share the status of sustainability efforts at the university

Leading conversations with student services and the university to achieve sustainable infrastructure in new buildings

Advance campus greening (e.g., scattered fruit meadows, raised beds), especially in “Campus of the Future”

Discussing the conditions for the introduction of a Green Office

To emphasize the demand to integrate the aspects of sustainability according to the Substantiality Development Goals more strongly into research and teaching of all departments.

Discussions with Foodsharing and the university catering about the possibility of a fair share station on the university campus.

Reduction of plastic packaging in the dining halls (especially coffee to go cups)

Increasing the price of meat in relation to vegetarian/vegan dishes

3. continuation of permanent projects:

Supervision of the Givebox

Supervision of the student community garden “Paradieschen

Sustainability potential reporter as student contact person at the university

Contact

Chiara Bach, Johanna Kruse and Lena Hock

oekologie@asta-giessen.de