On 11th May Environment Secretary David Miliband visited Durham University to find out how it is contributing to global, national and regional environmental agendas.
Mr Miliband, who is MP for South Shields, launched a new ‘green' scheme to encourage Durham University students to recycle more of their rubbish.
Geography student Sarah Hall presented Mr Miliband - who chairs South Shields Football Club in his free time - with a football to reuse, marking the start of the University's first-ever Green Move Out initiative. The Green Move Out will see students from Durham's 16 colleges recycle, take to charity shops or give away unwanted items at the end of term instead of throwing them in the bin.
Sarah, a second year Geography student who hails from Durham City, said: "I'm extremely proud to be taking part in the Green Move Out. Not only will we be taking another small step towards sustainable living, this could lead to other green initiatives and a willingness amongst students to do more."
The MP also gave a lecture to staff and students on the importance of research and technology in tackling climate change.
Mr Miliband said: "The Green Move Out is an excellent example of a project which has inspired students to contribute to recycling efforts, and will be a valuable lesson which will stay with them long after they leave Durham."
In just over a week, the UK produces enough rubbish to fill Wembley stadium. Over half can be recycled.
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