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Queen's Sustainability Office to host third annual Sustainability Week; climate strike planned for end of the month

Queen’s Sustainability Office hosts third annual Sustainability Week
 
More than 40 partners, including local businesses, student groups, and University administration, will collaborate to host Sustainability Week from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.
 
The initiative will provide participants with the opportunity to engage and inquire about the environmental issues facing local and global communities and ecosystems. 
 
In doing so, Sustainability Week strives to cultivate a culture of sustainability on campus, and to promote sustainability initiatives in the Queen’s and Kingston communities.
 
Through a variety of events during the week, Queen’s staff, faculty, students, and Kingston businesses will highlight different aspects of sustainability and discuss how both individuals and the community can tackle climate crisis. 
 
These events will be organized according to the “Five Days, Five Ways” theme, which include Sunday: explore, Monday: act, Tuesday: inspire, Wednesday: eat, and Thursday: engage.
 
2019 will mark the eighth year of Sustainability Week, and the third year the Queen’s Sustainability Office has led the week’s organization. 
 
This organizing responsibility was assumed when the AMS Commission of Environmental Affairs folded in the spring of 2017.
 
—Luca Dannetta
 
Climate strike planned for end of month
 
On Sept. 27 at noon, Queen’s students will gather at Union and University to hold strike for climate action, two days before Sustainability Week kicks off.
 
Organized by Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) and Divest Queen’s, the strike will be the second climate strike to occur this year. 
 
This past March, more than 300 people marched downtown as part of a global protest against climate change. 
 
The rally occurred on March 15, just over a week after City Council declared a climate crisis emergency in Kingston, the first Ontario municipality to pass the motion.
 
While the March climate strike took protestors to the streets of Kingston, next Friday’s rally will only march through campus. 
 
—Raechel Huizinga
 

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