Istanbul College Celebrates All Things Green


Ecology Carnival schedule image via Marul

Istanbul's Boğaziçi University will be abuzz next week with food workshops, film screenings, musicians playing instruments made out of recycled material, people mixing up their own eco-friendly cleaning products... in short, a celebration of all aspects of sustainable living.The school's first "ecology carnival," organized by a student ecological advocacy group called Marul (which mean "lettuce" in Turkish), will be open to the public April 13 through 17. Marul was formed two years ago to work on climate change, energy efficiency, and food and water safety; on campus, members do educational outreach and lobby for things like solar-powered street lamps and a vegetarian menu in the dining halls.

The schedule of activities for the ecology carnival is as follows:

Monday, April 13
4:50 p.m. - Opening ceremonial walk from the north campus to the south campus
5:30 p.m. - Music and entertainment
8:00 p.m. - Open-air screening of The Corporation, hosted by the Sustainable Life Film Festival [link in Turkish]

Tuesday, April 14
3:00 p.m. - Discussion: "Sustainability and Development"
5:15 p.m. - Workshop to make musical instruments out of garbage and recycled materials
6:30 p.m. - Concert by Kara Günes, performing without electricity
8:00 p.m. - Screening of Thirst
Wednesday, April 15
12:30 p.m. - Cooking workshop with herbs picked on campus
2:30 p.m. - Workshop to make eco-friendly detergents, hosted by İmece Evi, a rural eco-village on Turkey's northern Aegean coast
3:00 p.m. - Discussion on intellectual property rights
4:00 p.m. - Outdoor yoga workshop, led by Cihangir Yoga
5:30 p.m. - Workshop on alternatives to consumption
8:00 p.m. - Film screening of Tamogrande
Thursday, April 16
12:00 p.m. - Slow Food workshop and discussion
3:30 p.m. - Lecture on food sovereignty and the rights of agricultural workers
5:15 p.m. - Music workshop with recycled instruments

Friday, April 17
"World Agriculture Campaign Day" activities

Throughout the week, recycled goods also be available for sale on campus and people can bring furniture, clothes, and other unwanted things from their homes to be re-sold and reused. Via: "Uni students go green with an ecology carnival," Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review
More about campus environmental activism:
Green Your Alma Mater: Six Ways
National Wildlife Federation Celebrates Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming
Emory U Students Pledge to Do 3 Green Things
Sierra Magazine Names America's Top 10 "Coolest" Schools
People and Planet: UK Students Tackling Poverty, Human Rights and Environmental Issues
Sustainability at Colleges: Report Card Time
US Colleges' New Green Activists

Tags: Activism | Ecology | Turkey

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