The UoN Orientation week saw the opportunity for Student Clubs and Societies to show their wares, none more than the various environmental groups at UoN. Below are details of some of these groups.
FossilFreeUoN is part of the international FossilFree network. Fossil Free is a global campaign led by local groups demanding our local communities and institutions commit to:
FossilFreeUoN’s aim is for the University of Newcastle to divest from any ties that connect them to fossil fuels, whether it's banks or companies.
Doctors for the Environment Australia UoN (DEA UoN) is a student group that is part of the national organisation Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), a network of medical professionals and students actively engaged and advocating for patient health and climate action.
DEA is a volunteer organisation of medical professionals in Australia focused on promoting good health through care of the environment. DEA uses compelling scientific evidence to demonstrate the important health benefits of clean air and water, biodiverse natural places, stable climates and sustainable health care systems. DEA are keen to skill up, get motivated and to address the biggest challenge and opportunity facing doctors today— the human health impacts of the environment and climate change.
DEA UoN notes that Climate change is a massive threat to our health, with The Lancet recognising climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century” and the World Health Organization has described climate change as “the defining issue” for public health.
The University of Newcastle's Code Green project (Code Green UoN) is a part of WakeUp Global Health. Code Green is a national initiative of Australian Medical Student's Association (AMSA) Global Health and Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). Code Green aims to provide a platform from which medical students and doctors can educate, engage and inspire colleagues and the wider community to act now to prevent the worst health consequences of climate change.
The Newcastle University Student Environment Club (NUSEC) is a group for those passionate about the environment and looking to get involved with clean ups, campaigning and conservation projects. They help out local organisations cleaning up our rivers and beaches, assist the National Parks and Wildlife Service with bush regeneration in some of the state's most beautiful nature reserves, and join in on important environmental campaigns to help spread the word about sustainability. Through NUSEC you can meet like-minded people, get experience, and have fun getting into nature.