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SSD is KI's student group concerned with environmental and sustainability issues

SSD is KI's student group concerned with environmental and sustainability issues

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Annie Barna Lazar, SSD Public Relations Manager Photo: Private

Hello Annie Barna Lazar, Public Relations Director and SSD Board Member! Tell us more about what you do

– SSD organizes events around different sustainable development goals. We educate students and researchers about sustainability through workshops, lectures and conferences, and by organizing events such as clothing swaps and food waste dinners.

-We also work with system changes at the Medical Association (MF) and KI through an assisted sustainability assessment Planetary health report card And similar initiatives. We also participate in direct actions such as climate strikes and raise awareness through our social media presence.

How involved are KI students in sustainability issues?

– I think most students at KI are aware of the sustainability crisis and many want to act, but maybe they don't really know how to start. It is quite understandable and we at SSD are trying to create a platform where students can share their ideas and turn them into reality that contribute to change. We want everyone who participates in SSD to learn something and of course have fun in the meantime.

– I also noticed that more international students are participating in SSD, and we are now working on getting more students involved in Swedish programs.

How to become active in SSD?

– Everyone is welcome to join our Whatsapp group via our social media. There we share information and meeting dates.

– Joining SSD does not mean that you have to take over the work or organize our activities, but we welcome everyone to our committee meetings held every two or three weeks. Then we share the group plans, share our ideas and tell you more about how to get involved in the different events.

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-I also want to give a shout out because we are looking for another student who wants to work on public relations issues within the council in 2024. The assignment can be found within our social media links tree

What kind of activities do you have this spring?

– There's a lot of stuff going on! We are now planning several big events. We will have an event on International Women's Day to highlight gender equality, which is crucial for sustainable development. We are also planning a free change of clothes and a “too good to go” dinner at KI, which has been successful in the past.

In May, we will organize a conference on sustainable research, where researchers can learn more about reducing animal testing and laboratory waste.

– Students can also look forward to more social events, perhaps hiking or tours in Stockholm, and hopefully more lectures and workshops. Feel free to follow our social media accounts to stay informed about our future events and initiatives, says Ani Barna Lazar.

Follow Sustainable Development Students on social media to participate in events