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Be the Change Society

University Of Exeter

University Of Exeter

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Be The Change is a society campaigning for sustainability in Exeter, both on and off campus. We provide a supportive space for students to tackle issues we are passionate about, with a focus on environmentalism. Being member-led, we are always looking for new projects and welcome anyone with an idea or passion for making change! Some examples of what we achieved over the last few years include: Created our ‘Sustainable Sunday’s' which is a bi-weekly coffee morning where we talk about various environmental and sustainability issues / topics. From this we create resources from our research on Canva and publish them on our social medias. Created our 5 Demands campaign. A letter of our demands was sent to top University staff explaining and detailing action that must be taken in order for students to be satisfied that the University is working urgently towards a just, accessible and carbon neutral campus. A group attended COP 26 in Glasgow representing BTC and sustainability action on campus. Sustainable fashion: organised clothes upcycling workshops, sustainable clothes swaps and charity shop crawls, collabing with the Guild's ‘Give it a Go’ team for some and LGBTQ+ Society for others. Wellbeing: Wellbeing and Climate Emotions Insta page (@ecogrief.exeter). Plastic pollution: ‘Save our Seas’ guest speaker event, held regular litter picks and beach cleans, collabing with Open Water Swimming Society. Intersectional Environmentalism: participated and were part of the founding few Universities in the KCL Environmental Conference (2022) where we presented to an audience around the importance of Intersectionality within environmentalism. We welcome all suggestions from members around where to focus our campaigning efforts this year. We have biweekly meetings to work on our projects, and enjoy a good social – usually combined with trying out some of the amazing local eateries around Exeter. So if you're enthusiastic about making a difference, we would love to have you on our team! Our 2023/24 Aims and Objectives: Continue to facilitate members to make a sustainable and ethical difference socially, economically and/or environmentally, using our project-based approach to maximise high-quality and lasting changes. Ensure that our environmentalism is intersectional and amplify the work and voices of minority community members. Support the wellbeing of our members while accommodating their goals. Additionally, instilling leadership, negotiation and other 'core competencies' in our members. Work closely with the university and organisations in the wider community to foster positive relationships and make positive change.

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Isabella Purves

Co-President