Category: Social justice

Student MedAID is a student-led society and charity based here at the University of Edinburgh, making headlines in recent months due to our work in increasing sustainability in medicine and decreasing healthcare inequalities worldwide. Find out more in this blog from the fourth year Medical students, Nur Shazlin Shek Daud, the Vice-President and Alba Saenz […]

Meg McGrath, our Communications Coordinator, explores the necessity of  collective action to tackle crises like the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Slurp is a student-run social enterprise which aims to engage with individuals affected by homelessness and raise awareness of its root causes. We hear from Kirsty Iona Fraser on how the group is helping tackle homelessness in Edinburgh.

The United Nations’ annual Climate Change Conference – this year called COP 25 – takes place in Madrid from 2nd – 13th December 2019. During it, governments will hear about the impacts of climate change, propose crucial next steps to reduce their carbon emissions, and discuss how the entire human population can transition to a low […]

For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we hear from student Debbie Shamir, about the Girl Up Edinburgh society, which works to promote gender equality.

Medicine has a considerable environmental impact, with 100 million tonnes of solid waste generated each year in the UK, 85% of which generally ends up in landfill sites across England and Wales. We hear from the students trying to tackle this by directing medical surplusses to countries in need of medical supplies.

We’re highlighting the impacts of climate change by sharing the first-hand experiences of staff, students and alumni, focusing on those in the global south.  Our first story is from Jasmine Hussain, an Ecological and Environmental Science student from Singapore. 

After reports were released naming the fast fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter, calls have been made for a huge transformation in the sector. In this blog for #FashionRevolutionWeek, Medical student Mikaela Loach discusses her top tips for ensuring your clothing purchases are both ethically made and sustainable. 

A 2015 report by Georgetown University stated “Climate change is a global challenge that burdens all of humanity, but not equally.” Meg McGrath, Communications Coordinator, discusses why climate change is a feminist issue this International Women’s Day.

We hear from Imogen Terry, a University of Edinburgh student and one of the founders of Unearthed Edinburgh on why community action and socially responsible living is important to students.

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