United Colleges Group (UCG) students recently held a vegan food competition during an action-packed day of activities for the Planet Earth Games.
As part of the competition, each participating college is challenged to organise a series of activities on campus or in their local community that demonstrates best practice in sustainable sport and physical activity.
Each organised activity must contribute to an area of environmental sustainability, with every college led by a learner appointed as a Climate Champion to organise its Planet Earth Games entry. The benefits of taking part are:
- Engage a broad range of students to collaborate in climate action
- Enable students to get active together
- Have fun with sustainability
- Develop student leadership skills
- Share knowledge and latest ideas around sustainability
- An opportunity to develop new long-term sustainable practices at college
- Support wider movements towards Carbon Zero and UN Sustainable Development Goals
Colleges can decide what activities they deliver as part of Planet Earth Games — just so long as they meet five of the seven themes below.
- Carbon reduction
- Energy use
- Waste reduction
- Connecting to nature
Level 2 Science students got creative and had an amazing day as they took a walk to the park to look at nature then played a basketball game while they were out. On returning to the campus, they held a vegan food competition where three judges sampled home-cooked vegan food and scored it on recycled paper with environmentally friendly pens. No plastic was used in the event and there was no unrecyclable waste.
The food was fantastic and the three judges (Louise Reynolds. Johnny Enhoe, Lakis Katsaris) found the scoring quite difficult from all the delicious entries. All students received a medal and certificate for taking part and not a scrap of food was left!