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Rowan trees thrive and Ecosia on Campus continues
Three rowan trees that were planted to mark the success of a student campaign are flourishing at the University of Sussex.
Staff in the School of Engineering and Informatics have been assiduously watering the saplings since grounds staff from Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) planted them in April outside the Chichester 1 building.
And today (Thursday 16 May), Anthropology finalist Fred Henderson gave the young trees a soaking before submitting his final dissertation and saying goodbye to Sussex.
Fred and two other campaigning students from the School of Global Studies, Amber Hayward and Erin Emirali, have helped Sussex to become the most active university in the world using an environmentally friendly search engine – directly leading to the planting of thousands of trees.
They have been tirelessly promoting the use of Ecosia - a German-based Internet search engine that devotes 80% of its profits from advertising revenue to reforestation and conservationism projects.
As well as helping make Ecosia the default search engine for many Sussex students and staff, the trio’s Ecosia on Campus campaign has encouraged and assisted students at more than 60 universities worldwide to start up their own campaigns to promote the use of the search engine, leading to thousands more trees being planted.
There are now plans to continue the promotion of Ecosia to increase its use among Sussex staff and students even further.
On 7 May the student team met with Caroline Lucas MP from the Green Party to brief her on the campaign and sustainability at university. They even discussed the possibility of Ecosia being used in Parliament!
And as for Fred? After graduating, he’s off to Berlin to work on a summer internship with Ecosia.