The main campaigns we are currently leading at People & Planet Sheffield are Ecosia on Campus and Sweatshop Free
Ecosia on Campus
Our Ecosia on Campus Campaign calls on the University of Sheffield to change its default search engine on all university computers, staff and student, to Ecosia. This is a search engine that uses all of its profits to fund reforestation projects all over the world.
Since its conception in 2009, Ecosia has planted nearly 40 million trees (as of October 2018) with a simple idea that takes advertising revenue gained and pumps it in to local organisations and NGOs who provide reforestation services and create social benefits through training in sustainable agriculture, education programs, and other projects to support local communities.
Deforestation is not a new phenomena, however over the past 100 years, forests have been cleared at an industrial rate never seen before with an area of forest approximately the size of Ireland being lost every year. The rise of palm oil, soy cultivation, eucalyptus plantations, increasing urbanisation, and the increasing demand for cattle pasture lands puts forests at risk once more. Bringing Ecosia on to University computers is a simple, accessible way that we as students can support the organisations and people who plant, look after, and fight for the forests that we need to survive.
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With this campaign, we aim to eradicate the Human Rights abuses within the University of Sheffield's supply chain of electronic goods.
We are campaigning for the University to affiliate to the Electronics Watch, a European commission funded by independent organisations.
This would mean that the University would be able to benefit from direct monitoring of workers' conditions within the electronics industry. This is a far more effective, proactive way of combatting abuses within the production of electronics goods, and something that standard methods of auditing cannot compare to.
Since the University of Sheffield spent £4.5 million on electronic goods between 2013 and 2014, we feel that it is imperative for the University of Sheffield to become the next UK university to affiliate and clean up its supply chains.
In June 2018, the University of Sheffield agreed to affiliate to Electronics Watch for one year as a trial affiliation!
The continuation of this campaign will depend on the outcome of this trial. Keep your eyes peeled later in the year for more information.
Here are some articles we have found useful:
The Carbon Underground 200, Fossil Free Indexes, ranking the 200 top fossil fuel companies - http://fossilfreeindexes.com/the-carbon-underground-2014/
Glasgow becomes first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/08/glasgow-becomes-first-university-in-europe-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels
The Missing Campus Climate Debate - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/opinion/sunday/the-missing-campus-climate-debate.html?emc=eta1&_r=2
Ever more cities divesting from fossil fuels - http://www.dw.de/ever-more-cities-divesting-from-fossil-fuels/a-18033130
Divest MPs' pension fund from fossil fuels says Caroline Lucas - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/21/divest-mps-pension-fund-from-fossil-fuels-says-caroline-lucas