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Swapping clothes while eating leftovers

Swapping clothes while eating leftovers

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First Dutch Earth Week

MAASTRICHT. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This could have been the theme of the Sustainability Day gathering, organised by the study association of the master's programme of Sustainability, Science and Policy (ASAP) and Food Sharing Maastricht at the Kapoenstraat 2 last Tuesday. There was a clothing swap, food prepared from products that otherwise would have been thrown away, and reusable decorative garlands. The gathering was part of the first Dutch Earth Week, an initiative of the province of Limburg to promote sustainability.

“Everyone has brought some clothes to swap and Food Sharing Maastricht cooked dinner,” says Caroline Arias van Oordt of ASAP. “We wanted to do something with International Sustainability Day and found out it coincided with Dutch Earth Week, so we collaborated.” The province provided the students with local sustainably made snacks and wine. There was also a stylist present, advising people on what clothes to choose and how to combine them.

Tuesday was also the kick-off of the Fossil Free Project. The worldwide Fossil Free De-investment Movement pressures big institutions such as universities, banks and retirement funds to turn investments in the fossil fuel industry into investments in clean energy and communities most impacted by climate change. It started in 2011 in the United States and since then, students all over the world have set up their own local groups at their universities. Master’s student Emily Humphreys wants to start a Maastricht group. “We will first look at Maastricht University; are there any (indirect) investments they can turn? In addition, we will show students what they can do to promote ethical investments. By choosing a green bank, for instance. I’d like our first event to be joining the demonstration for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn on 4 November.”

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