Green Mary Week: Isabella’s Perspective

This is part 3 in our series of QMUL Green Mary week volunteer posts. From 9-13 February 2015 QMUL celebrated Green Mary week, a week of events which promoted environmentally positive behavior on campus. It was a roaring success thanks in part to our enthusiastic army of Green Mary volunteers. Here Isabella, one of our fantastic volunteers, provides an account of how she found about about volunteer roles, and what she got involved in. 

When my friend and I heard about the volunteering opportunity in Green Mary week we thought it would be a fun way to get involved in events on campus. I am in my first year of Environmental Science so the idea of getting involved in sustainability and encouraging “green” attitudes sounded interesting and definitely something that I thought was a great idea! Quite often I find “green” societies and groups either boring or overwhelming for people that aren’t usually interested in that area; but Jessica and the Green Mary team made it interesting, engaging and fun for people on campus to get involved with and talk about! 

Students took advantage of the free stationery given away as part of Green Mary Week's Waste Free Wednesday.
Students took advantage of the free stationery given away as part of Green Mary Week’s Waste Free Wednesday.
This picture shows just how much stationery we had on the Green Mary Week stall. Controlling the crowds was challenging at times!
This picture shows just how much stationery we had on the Green Mary Week stall. Controlling the crowds was challenging at times!

I helped out with the stationary give away, which was exciting (freebies+students = chaos)! I think I enjoyed this the most because it was really satisfying to be getting so much gratitude and use from things that were just going to be thrown away. I also helped sign people up to Green Mary. I found it a bit intimidating at first, but the other friendly faces made it easier and after an hour I had signed up a dozen students to the mailing list. Even if they don’t get involved further, the fact they thought about the issues we were talking about for five minutes of their day is still a great start!  The “Love food hate waste” workshop on friday was also fun. We learned loads of tricks to keep food for longer and minimise our waste. The best part was the nutella, banana, and mascarpone “cheesecake” we made and took away to devour! Very yummy, and all made from leftovers!

I definitely think people should get involved if they have the chance. I had fun, met new people, and learnt new things, and hopefully I will become more involved in the future. 

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