As this was my first university conference, I was unsure of what to expect. It could’ve been anything from a lengthy monotonous monologue to an interactive workshop or anything in between.
But I was pleasantly surprised by the ‘TEDtalk’-esque, conversational style of the whole event.
The opening keynote was given by a Joel Cardinal, the head on Energy and Sustainability at the university. In which he detailed what sustainability is and the different parts of it, I’ve attempted to model this below. It perfectly portrayed how sustainability isn’t a one-man show about environment but society and economics play a large part, in what could become a triple threat to humanity.
Then a panel begun featuring researchers and people in industry, in which they discussed many hot topics like healthcare and politics all in the context of sustainability.
The main thing I took away from the conference was this quote.
‘In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. ’-Baba Dioum
It echos how I feel about sustainability; Education should be at the forefront of out efforts towards a sustainable future.
All in all, the conference was an informative afternoon which was well worth it, even if it was just for the goodie bag and the free dinner😊