A Campaign That's Good Enough to Eat!

-Laura Lundberg

There are many different clubs and groups on the University of Oregon campus, and each deals with different aspects of improving campus, Eugene or even the world. Many of these groups cover a wide range of topics to cover the variety of majors and interests of the University’s students. However, there is one group on campus that is already making as big of changes as they can to the University, and that’s the Climate Justice League.

The Climate Justice League began two years ago in 2010, and they didn’t start small. They launched their first campaign, Take Back the Tap, which aimed to get rid of all sales of bottled water on campus. This campaign has already sparked a wildfire of support, with more drinking fountains appearing on campus, more recycling areas for water bottles and a lot more reusable water bottles being seen on campus. The campaign is also currently in the process of passing the UO Senate and becoming a “law” on campus. Due to this overwhelming support from the Take Back the Tap campaign, the Climate Justice League has recently started another campaign that deals with the earth instead of dealing with water.

It’s called Edible Campus, and it’s already received quite a bit of support from the Climate Justice League’s Facebook followers and students on campus. Edible Campus aims to promote the construction of on-campus gardens, where students, faculty and other community members can collectively plant and grow what they need. This isn’t just a Climate Justice League campaign, though. It’s also a collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Student Learning (CASL), Slow Food Eugene, the Sustainability Center and the Residence Hall Association.

According to the Climate Justice League’s website, they say that the goals of Edible Campus are to “Demonstrate low-impact lifestyle choices and edible gardening practices to local community, students, and visitors, and to offer experiential learning opportunities through for-credit coursework, work parties, workshops, and tours held at the grounds.” They have other goals such as using grey water and water catchment on their irrigation systems, as well as to maximize efficiency through the use of composting and other such practices.

While this campaign is only in its infancy, the Climate Justice League and CASL came up with the idea to use a vacant lot next to their fully sustainable house on Moss Street– this way visitors, students, and other community members can come to the lot and not only tend the gardens, but they can also tour the house and learn more about sustainable building and sustainable practices. The Climate Justice League has also put out a summary of this project and a call for anyone wishing to get involve to help. On their website, the Climate Justice League writes that, “We need your help with gathering student, faculty, administration, and community support for the project, grant writing, planning garden logistics, and more!”

If you wish to get involved with the project or want to make your support known, visit the Climate Justice League’s website for more information.

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