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  • Sustainable career lunch – Data Edition 

  • Date: 01.12.2022
  • Time: 12:15-14:00
  • Location: CLA J 1
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  • Sylke Gruhnwald is a reporter focusing on the intersection of data, technology and feminism. Amongst others, she co-founded Hacks / Hackers Zurich and (together with her teams) won several awards for different investigations.
 
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Title: Coping with unpleasant climate emotions

Dec. 5th, 6:30pm (HG E 41)

When we wake up to the crisis of our ecology and our entire system, and experience the lack of appropriate global and individual action (as shown again in COP27), a variety of emotions can come up – including fear, despair, sorrow, anger, numbness, shame or guilt. We often don’t allow ourselves to feel those emotions or share them with others. Yet experiencing them is a necessary, healthy response to the state of our world. As Joanna Macy put it: “Of all the dangers we face, from climate chaos to nuclear war, none is so great as the deadening of our response.’” How can we face our grief, anger and sadness, and use it as a fuel for positive efforts?

 

  • Post-COP Reaction Seminar & Brunch

  • Nov. 28th, 10:00-12:00 (CHN G 42)

  • This seminar, taking place a week after COP27, will critically reflect on its significance, contents and outcomes, featuring three prominent experts: Anthony Patt, Professor of Climate Policy, ETH Zürich; Max van Deursen, PhD candidate of the ENP group, Wageningen University & Research; Josephine van Zeben, Chair of the LAW group, Wageningen University & Research.

 

  • Imaginarium: Imagine a better future

  • Nov. 18th, 13:00-18:00 (SPH Zentrum)

  • What is a desirable future? The Imaginarium invites you to invent collectively, for one day, desirable future worlds by putting your imagination and creativity at the service of sustainability. In teams, we will divide the themes of mobility, consumption, tourism and urbanism. A speaker will give a presentation at the beginning of the day to stimulate your creativity and then a mentor, a specialist in the chosen theme, will help you design your new world. At the end of the day, all teams will present the results of their discussions in a small presentation to the rest of the assembly.

 

  • ETH Model United Nations #2

  • Nov. 17th, 19:00-21:00 (LEE E 101)

  • Wish you were at COP27 and had a voice to express your ideas for the world of tomorrow? Join us to simulate the COP27 while it’s happening real time in Egypt. The topic will be on Solutions.

 

  • Movie Screening: Tomorrow by Cyril Dion

  • Nov. 17th, 19:00-21:30 (CHN F 42)

  • You are concerned by the environmental crisis and wonder how to act ? Come to the projection of Tomorrow to get keys for local action and discover concrete steps to more sustainable societies ! New views on agriculture, democracy,  economy, education and energy will provide hope to build the world we want to live in.

 

  • Biodiversity in Switzerland

  • Nov. 16th, 19:00-20:30 (CHN F 42)

  • One of the most global problems of Climate Change is Biodiversity loss. Join us with experts in the field to hear about and discuss the state of Biodiversity in Switzerland and what can be done to protect it.

 

  • Good COP, bad COP: what is at stake for global development at COP27

  • Nov. 15th, 18:15-19:15 (ML F 39)

  • Climate change is already impacting every region on earth. However, these impacts are not felt equally. Low- and middle-income countries suffer disproportionately from the adverse consequences of climate change, although they are the least responsible. There are high stakes for global development at the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Join us to discuss perspectives from the Global South, with specific insights from the Maldives and the Lake Chad region. 

 

  • Swimming for a better world

  • Nov. 14th, 18:00-21:00 (HG E3)

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  • Whether it’s to hydrate, wash, cook, swim, or cool off – we all have a story and a connection to water. Ernst Bromeis, Water Ambassador and professional swimmer, will present one of such stories from his swimming expeditions around the world. We will discuss together the infinite importance of water for our lives, and necessary ways to stand up for our environment. Because, in his own words, “if we don’t, who else will?” We’ll then have an apero, which Ernst will launch by playing piano on a water theme .

 

  • How to sustainably secure tomorrow’s energy supply

  • Nov. 11th, 17:30-18:30 (HCI G7)

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  •  An important factor of facing climate change is to decarbonize our atmosphere. Therefore, several sectors have to change their infrastructure in order to reduce emissions. Still, there are areas that are hard to decarbonize and where technologies for carbon capture and storage are needed. This talk will give an overview about current developments in Switzerland and Europe, focusing on technologies, business, modelling and policy. Featuring Oliver Akeret (Group for Sustainability and Technology, ETH Zurich).

 

  • ETH’s effort towards Net Zero by 2030

  • Nov. 11th, 14:00-15:00 (HG E 33.1)

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  •  ETH Sustainability hosts an event on the topic of ETH Net Zero 2030. They will explain what it means for ETH to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2030, and what the challenges are. They will also present the results from an interactive poster exhibition about ETH Net Zero. Look out for these posters, which you can find in the main hall of the HG building, on the Green Floor in CHN and in the entrance hall of HPH.

 

  • ETH Model United Nations #1

  • Nov. 10th, 19:00-21:00 (LEE E 101)

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  •  Wish you were at COP27 and had a voice to express your ideas for the world of tomorrow? Join us to simulate the COP27 while it’s happening real time in Egypt. The topic will be on Youth & Future generations.

 

  • Does participation lead to better climate solutions?

  • Nov. 10th, 17:15-18:15 (CHN F 42)
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  •  Does participation lead to better solutions? This seminar features two ETH researchers who will explain how the participation of different actors may (not) deliver better climate solutions. Featuring Bianca Vienni Baptista, Researcher at the Transdisciplinary Lab and  Prof. Dr. Vally Koubi, Director of the Center for Comparative and International Studies.

 

  • Climate Finance: Who finances the energy transition?

  • Nov. 8th, 18:15-19:15 (HG F 33.1)
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  • Transitioning away from fossil energies requires considerable investments: We need to build renewable energy sources in large scale, and increased electrification will require grid expansions. Where will those investments come from?  At the upcoming climate conference COP27, Dr. Florian Egli will speak about climate finance, which will be an important negotiation theme. His research studies the role of finance in the climate transformation and the political economy of this transformation. Curious how the green energy transition can be financed? Come, listen and ask your questions!

 

  • What is COP? By Professor Bretschger
     

  • Nov. 8th, 12:15-14:00 (CHN E 46)
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  • This event is designed to give a brief introduction to the process, history, and inner-workings of COP meetings. Prof. Bretschger, a member of the Swiss delegations to COP 15 (Copenhagen) and COP 17 (Duran), will provide us with a brief presentation with his unique experience, that will help prepare us for the intense negotiations ahead. A brief overview of Mirror COP 27 will also be provided by the SSC.

 

  • Talk about Ecosystems and Biodiversity by Prof. Dr. Loïc PellissierProfessor
     

  • Date: 28.11.2022
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location: HG D 3.2

    Prof. Loïc Pellissier, head of the Ecosystems and Landscape Evolution group at ETHZ, will talk about the underlying mechanisms driving long-term changes of ecosystems and the biodiversity landscape. The talk is targeted at the public and aims at making these topics accessible to everyone interested. It will include insights about historically observed changes, ecosystems we see today, and how anthropogenic factors impact large ecosystems in the future.

  • Wissenschaf(f)t Zukünfte, Transformative Science Workshop

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  • Date: 03.11.2022
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location: ETH HG E 33.1
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Jan Freihardt from Wissenschaf(f)t Zukünfte will lead a workshop about transformative science, which describes the socio-economic transformations of our societies. Sign up HERE and discover more about it.

  • Movie Screening – Breaking Boundaries: The Science behind Our Planet 

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  • Date: 02.11.2022
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location: ETH HG E 33.1
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The SSC will screen the 2021 documentary film “Breaking Boundaries: The Science behind Our Planet” starring David Attenborough. The film explains how we humans are pushing Earth beyond its natural boundaries, destabilizing long-term ecosystems. The film closely follows the scientific journey of Johan Rockström and his team’s discoveries. Come by for a cozy movie night including popcorn!

13.10.2022, 18:15 pm (LFO B 14) – SSC Tofu Workshop

On the 13.10.2022, starting at 18:15 pm, join SSC to find out about the science behind tofu production, and learn how to make your own tofu at home! Sign up here.

25.10.2022 – Serious Game Evening with the Climate Fresk

Join a fun and collaborative workshop with the Climate Fresk on the 25th of October from 18:30-21:30 at HG F 33.5! The Climate Fresk is a ‘serious game’ highlighting the causes and consequences of climate change, based on collective intelligence and creativity, whose content is taken from IPCC reports.

Sign-up link.

    • SSC x Planted 

    • Date: 21.09.2022
    • Time: 11:30 am – 13:30 pm
    • Location: ETH, Polyterrasse
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On the 21.09.2022, 11:30 am – 13:30 pm, SSC will be on the Polyterrasse together with the Planted food truck! Come by, meet SSC and with a little luck you can win one of ten golden tickets for a free meal sponsored by Planted. If you don’t win a ticket, you can still buy delicious kebab and learn more about Planted’s sustainable products!

    • Round-table on Decolonizing Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
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      • Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
      • Time: 18:30
      • Location: SAE greenhouse (Häldeliweg 19, 8044 Zürich)
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Members of the Student Sustainability Commission (SSC), the African Students Association of Zurich (ASAZ), and Decolonize Zurich cordially invite you to engage in a round-table on the topic of Decolonizing Ecology and the Environmental Sciences. Starting from short presentations by Prof. Elizabeth Tilley (D-MAVT) and Prof. Kenza Benabderrazik (D-USYS), the aim will be to discuss, reflect, and further the exchange of ideas on inclusion in ecology and research in the environmental sciences. Note that the audience will be limited to 20 participants, so please register here.

  • Title: Effective Careers in Sustainability
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  • Date: Tue, May 17, 18:30 
  • Loc: HG D 5.2

 

You will spend around 80,000 hours working over the course of your career, and deciding what to do with this time can be overwhelming. This talk will explore recent research on prioritization within climate change work, and frame the arguments for why certain career paths are more impactful than others. By thinking about the impact your career can have, we will define what it means to have an effective career in sustainability, and possible ways to approach this.

  • ETH Sustainability Initiatives Summit
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    • When: Tuesday, May 10, 18:30
    • Where: HG E 5

 

The SSC is not the only initiative working on making ETH and the World more sustainable. Join the SSC’s first ETH Sustainability Initiatives Summit, where 14 sustainability initiatives from or related to ETH will present themselves in less than 5 minutes each, and talk to them at the following apero.

  • Talk: Climate and the Law (with Dr. Corina Heri)
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    • When: Wednesday, May 4, 18:30
    • Where: HG E 1.2 

 

The tension between climate change and law has gained enormous importance in recent years – not least, for example, due to the climate lawsuit against Shell in May 2021 and the preparations for the EU’s Green Deal. In her talk, lawyer Dr. Corina Heri (UZH) will explain this topic in more detail from a legal perspective

  • Alternatives to Animal Experimentation
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  • Date: March 29th, 18:30 pm
  • Location: HG D 5.2

 

 In this talk, Dr. Miriam Zemanova will talk about animal testing methods and their alternatives. How many animal experiments are there per year and why? What is the “3Rs principle”? Which alternatives exist and where are they already used? Can they completely replace animal testing? For up-to-date information on the event, visit http://ssc.ethz.ch/events/.

  • Title: Healthy vegan diet
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  • Date: April 27th, 18:30 pm
  • Location: HG E5 or online

 

In recent years, there has been an increase in the popularity of plant-based diets. During this event Dr. Laura Hackl will talk about vegan diet and explain how it should look like in order to be healthy.