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Get involved with World Environment Day

World Environment Day, on Monday 5th June, is celebrated in over 70 countries and this year UAL is getting involved too. World Environment Day has become known as the ‘people’s day’ where participation is key.

This year’s theme?

Each year, World Environment Day is organised around a theme. This year’s theme is connecting people to nature. By encouraging people to get outdoors, into nature and appreciating its beauty and importance (also known as deep ecology) it provides context for the interventions UAL makes in pursuit of excellent environmental stewardship.

How do I get involved?

UAL is collaborating with Argent, the development partner for the King’s Cross area, to combine for a series of activities on the Monday 5th June. You can take a tour of the beautiful roof garden on top of Two Pancras Square and experience how an unused, dull space can be turned into something beautiful and wildlife friendly. Or, you could join the London Wildlife Trust who will be giving guided tours of Camley Street Natural Park. The park, on the banks of Regent’s Canal, is a hidden urban oasis providing a home for butterflies, birds, bats and is also a perfect spot for a respite from the bustle of London.

What is UAL’s contribution?

To encourage staff and students to attend these events we are encouraging those that are able (and have sought permission from their line management) to walk from their place of work to Kings Cross. UAL will be providing the first 25 staff/students who declare an interest in joining these activities with access to a free Deep Time Walk app.

Sounds great, tell me more

The Deep Time Walk app is a 4.6km interactive audio experience telling a big history of the Earth. This takes you from 4,600,000,000 years ago (4,600 Million Years Ago) to the present day, with each metre walked representing 1 million years. This app will connect you to the world around as you as you journey through time, learning how the Earth, nature and humanity we know today came into being.

The script used in the walking audio book is written by Dr Stephan Harding (Schumacher College) and Peter Oswald (an ex-playwright in residence at Shakespeare Globe, London). The Schumacher College is a charity, and like UAL, it is dedicated to transformative education and encourages students to participate in the wider community of their College.

How to sign up

Read more about the events based at Pancras Square here and sign up to take a tour of the 2 Pancras Square roof garden by emailing steven.kellett@argentllp.co.uk. If you’d like to register for the Deep Time Walk app please fill in this form before the deadline of Monday 29th May. If you’re based at King’s Cross and would like to use the Deep Time Walk app we have put together a suggested walk along Regent’s Canal, walking to Regent’s Park and back to King’s Cross.

Please note the app lasts for around an hour and requires Android 4.0.3 or higher and iOS 8.0 or higher. Contact Rebecca Smart at r.r.smart@arts.ac.uk if you’d like more information.