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Teach the Future – Student Volunteer Coordinator (Paid Opportunity)

Posted by Sonya Peres

SOS-UK is delighted to be recruiting for 1 Volunteer Coordinator to support the development of the Teach the Future Northern Ireland campaign.

The role will involve recruiting and mobilising a diverse group of volunteers to work with a range of stakeholders including government, politicians, civil society and other sectors to repurpose the education system in Northern Ireland for the climate emergency.

This 4-month role is employed by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK). The role is an excellent professional development opportunity for secondary and tertiary students and young people, interested in climate justice and campaigning. There will be workshop and training opportunities offered to successful candidates.

Remedies for urban drainage problems

Posted by Daisy

The Brighton & Hove Green Party is leading an issue-based campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the widespread practice of illegal and intentional sewage dumping.

The behaviour of Southern Water – the supplier for 4.2 million consumers in Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – marks it out as the worst polluter amongst competitors elsewhere in the country.

Southern Water has been dumping untreated sewage along our beaches. The company argues that this is due to a mismatch between their infrastructure and volumes received. When it rains, water drains into the Victorian sewers where it dilutes the sewage and reaches volumes above and beyond what their treatment facility can handle. If they did not dump the raw sewage the excess fluids would flood the system and we would have sewage coming up out of the sewers.

The Environment Agency has investigated and found evidence that Southern Water has deliberately chosen to dump untreated sewage as this is cheaper than updating their infrastructure. This resulted in the company being fined £90m in July 2021. A catalogue of harmful activity was unearthed in the most extensive investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) to date. (Southern Water dumped raw sewage into sea for years | Pollution | The Guardian).

The enquiry found that between 2010 and 2015, Southern Water knowingly dumped untreated sewage on 10,741 occasions at the 17 sites examined by the EA. 78% of these occurrences were illegal (Guardian, 2021). Treatment works were being deliberately maintained at less than half of their capacity in the interests of maximising profits. The tanks that exist throughout the apparatus were kept full, leaving them to turn septic and contaminate the sea with a venomous potion of sewage and precipitation. This is the probable origin of faecal matter found in shellfish along the south coast, which risked exposing consumers to the potentially fatal norovirus (Guardian, 2021). Similarly, pollution with untreated sewage is introducing E. coli into waters making swimmers and bathers ill (BBC, 2021). All of this paints a bleak picture of what Surfers Against Sewage CEO, Hugh Tagholm, labelled ‘criminal capitalism’.

Southern Water is ‘committed’ to curtailing the recurrence of storm overflows from their combined system, proposing to reduce storm releases by 80% by 2030. We are increasingly seeing this infrastructure activated to tackle routine rainfall, pumping raw sewage into our rivers and seas with a disturbing regularity. That’s why the Green Party has been leading calls for a commitment to zero sewage in our water.

From Parliament to council chambers, Greens are speaking out against Southern Water’s blatant dereliction of duty. In October 2021, Green MP Caroline Lucas criticised the 265 Conservative MPs who voted to cut back an amendment to the Environment Bill which would have given the water companies a legal duty of care not to pollute. Meanwhile, in the House of Lords, Jenny Jones has called out our “toothless” system of environmental enforcement and weak regulatory structures.

In Brighton & Hove, Councillor Elaine Hills proposed a Notice of Motion which asks Southern Water to stop sewage overflows by 2030, invest in sustainable water management locally and explain their plans before council committees and the public. Her counterparts in Lewes Green Party, Councillor Matthew Bird and Green Council Leader Zoe Nicholson, have demanded that Southern Water detail how they will prevent sewage pollution in the River Ouse.

Meanwhile, Councillor Martin Osborne has been appointed chair of The Aquifer Project (TAP), a partnership comprising the South Downs National Park Authority, Southern Water, the Environment Agency and Brighton & Hove City Council. The first priority for TAP is progressing the development of a new system which will counteract polluted runoff from contaminating groundwater in Wild Park, Brighton. The Wild Park Rainscape will encompass a multitude of planted permeable basins that sequester rainfall.

Communities can be supported through investment in sustainable urban drainage systems – known as SuDS. SuDS are designed to mimic the natural interception and diversion of surface water. The term covers a range of environmental measures such as wetlands, green roofs, rain-water harvesting systems and porous asphalt. Two SuDS are planned for Brighton & Hove, and the first is almost complete. This innovative project in the north of the city will provide soft surfaces to intercept water at the midpoint of a ‘flow path’, that is, a long sloping road. This should prevent a surplus of surface water from running downhill, and thus overwhelming drainage systems during intense downpours. In Sweden, SuDS have been crucial to flood prevention, absorbing up to 90% of stormwater in some areas and preventing the need to discharge sewage overflow into the sea.
The essence of the research project is for a student to look into the remedies for urban drainage problems, to inform our campaign. We need to create better drainage and infrastructure to support an increase in water due to climate change and extreme weather conditions.

We would particularly like to quantify the problem and gather some data on the impacts of sewage spills and weather conditions in the area under Southern Water’s care. This includes investigating and listing the impacts of: aquifers under Brighton & Hove drying out, and flooding in the valley by The Level and Hanover. It would be useful to find out if any modelling has been done to see how the weather is expected to change regionally as a result of global warming.

This opportunity is flexible in terms of the time commitment and start date. We have an office in central Brighton, right by the station. We are happy for the student to join us in the office or work remotely.

Green Impact Auditors for the Highland Council

Posted by Sonya Peres

Green Impact

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation programme with an awards element, designed to encourage, support and celebrate organisations and educational institutions in embedding sustainability in all areas of their work. Interested staff and students volunteer to participate in the programme and receive a toolkit outlining actions they can take to progress sustainable practice.

Depending on the number of environmental actions teams carry out, they can achieve either: a working towards accreditation, Bronze, Silver or Gold award. All teams participating in Green Impact will need an audit to verify their level of achievement… and this is where you come in!

Auditing

We are looking for volunteer auditors support the teams and schools in the Highland Council area in reflecting and taking stock of their first year on the programme. Each volunteer auditor will be fully trained on the criteria and what they need to do in order to audit through a half-day of training. In pairs auditors will then complete one or more audit. An audit should take around an hour to complete depending on the size of the team.

What skills do I need?

No technical knowledge is needed! Full training will be provided. All you need is an interest in environmental issues and sustainability.

Please get in touch if you’re eager to get involved with Green Impact in an auditing capacity, or if you have any further questions.

What’s the next stage?

  1. Ensure you are free all day (10:00am – 5pm) on December 1st.
  2. Fill in the online form using this link. Spaces are limited, so apply soon!
  3. You will be contacted by Sonya Peres if you have been successful in your application.

If you have any questions about taking part, please email Sonya Peres at sonya.peres@sos-uk.org

[1] Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment - http://www.iema.net/

Social Media Marketing and / or Web Design and or accountancy

Posted by David

We have 2 directors: myself (I am registered blind and have a guide dog called Darcy) as well as Dyslexia and my partner Karren has severe Dyslexia.

We have recently launch our own not for profit social enterprise that aims to support employers to recruit and retain the skills of the 1 million disabled people looking for work. We work with employers to bust the many myths around employing disabled people and promote the many benefits. We also run free workshops for disabled people on the 'facts of life' within the recruitment process.

We know our strengths and that is supporting disabled people using our own lived experience and our professional expertise having carried out similar roles within the public service. We are both very good at it.

COVID has been particularly hard, the nature of our work is face to face by default and as such after launching in February 2020 our opportunities drained very quickly as it did with many businesses. This has meant that finances have been VERY limited and we have not as yet made any profit even though we have invested over £6,000 of our own money to keep the business afloat.

We also know our weaknesses:
Accountancy: With both of us having dyslexia and my visual impairment, numbers are a particular challenge. We do basic book keeping but need support with tax returns etc.

Social medial marketing: SEO, blogging and online presence are also very challenging and we are not making any effective use of the services that are available to us due to the many 'accessibility' barriers we face.

Web design: I have had a crack at it, www.breasonable.co.uk, and as you can see it's pretty poor.

We just need to get the basics right so that we can start to run our social enterprise to the benefit of the disabled community.

Implementing Structures and Mechanisms to ensure non-hierarchy in Youth-Led Climate Campaigns

Posted by Sonya Peres

Evaluating the impact of Family Compass’s mental health services on children & families

Posted by Sonya Peres

We want to evaluate the impact that our services (including drama and play therapy, resilience-building group and family programmes, counselling and other creative support) have on the wellbeing of children and families. Do we contribute to a short/medium/long term improvement in mental health? Are there particular individuals who benefit more from our support, and if so what are their needs?

4 Mills Garden

Posted by Roger Hill

ba education

Posted by Sarah Jones

international development

Posted by Kyra Rowe

Corporate Environmental Management

Posted by Simona Stangaciu

Sociology

Posted by Leah Cox

Sustainability Policy Partners

Posted by Debra Rowe

Human and Physical Geography

Posted by Catrin Lewis

MA Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development

Posted by Charlotte Kitchener

Environmental Social Science

Posted by Racheal Brangan

Market research into reuseable nappies

Posted by Zoe Coote

Research into Home composting

Posted by Zoe Coote

Sustaining food waste prevention behaviours

Posted by Zoe Coote

BA Geography

Posted by Giorgia-Leigh Knox

Business and Marketing BSc

Posted by Connor Meen

Conservation & Environmental Management

Posted by Lauren Gillis

MBBS Medicine (Accelerated)

Posted by Felicity Allman

BA Geography

Posted by Sara El-Dahshan

Branding furniture reuse in Hampshire

Posted by Zoe Coote

Food security and sustainability

Posted by Frances Logan

The impact of the physical learning spaces on student’s performance and wellbeing

Posted by Eleonora Piga

Nutrition, health and the environment

Posted by Verity Thomas

BA geography with placement year – Buildings and Construction

Posted by Euan Wylie

MBBS Medicine (Accelerated) – Mental Health

Posted by Felicity Allman

Global inequality and/or sustainability

Posted by Henna Emilia Tammi

Different cultural adaptations to climate change

Posted by Camille Bénard

Mental Health

Posted by Felicity Allman

SOS-UK Placements

Posted by Meg Baker

Popular Music Journalism

Posted by Charlie Miller

Improving healthcare practices: oncology and haematology

Posted by Isabella Hibell

Covid-19: Should companies be advertising during a pandemic?

Posted by Charlotte Baidoo

Decarbonising the British funeral industry

Posted by Kathryn Ikin

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by Nicolas Rodriguez

A gendered approach to time poverty in urban environments

Posted by Sophie Beckett

Sustainability and Adaptation

Posted by Kathryn Ikin

Sustainable Construction/ Decarbonising Railways

Posted by Suzanne Kimman

BASc Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad

Posted by Frances Osborne

SURFING: A unique opportunity for improving ocean literacy and conducting coastal based microplastic citizen science

Posted by Natalie Fox

Computer forensics & cyber security

Posted by Luke Mallett

Climate Crisis

Posted by Steve Hallett

Food governance and urban food systems

Posted by Alexandra McMillan

Online Gen Z Portal

Posted by Gayle Cajee

Schools Comms for Gen Z

Posted by Gayle Cajee

Sustainable Healthcare Video/short film project

Posted by Meg Baker

Renewable Energy / Emissions Reduction

Posted by Sam Stevens