This week in Trinity: Green Week, gardening and a night at the museum

Societies focus on sustainability as environmental issues take centre stage this week

After a stormy weekend best suited to hibernating indoors, the clouds have parted to reveal a whole week of society events ready for you to explore. It’s also Green Week, so keep an eye out for some opportunities to learn how to be a little more environmentally friendly this week.

Several societies are organising eco-friendly events and informative talks for Green Week, kicking off with Vegan Soc’s vegan food crawl on Monday afternoon, which should be a fantastic opportunity to sample some of the best vegan-friendly eateries around Dublin. At 7pm on Monday, PolSoc’s Women in Politics subcommittee will be screening the documentary “Hands On: Women, Climate, Change”, which follows five women’s strategies to tackle climate change in their local areas. If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own food, EnviroSoc’s “Grow Your Own” zero waste pop-up event on Tuesday evening covers all the bases, from a seed swap and workshop where you can learn which seeds to save, to a talk with successful hobby gardeners and a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary “Seed: The Untold Story”. Also on Tuesday, Q Soc and DUAMS are bringing you an opportunity for sustainable shopping at their clothes and vinyl swap from 1-4pm. Finally, EnviroSoc’s Green Week events conclude with a talk on microplastics from Trinity graduate and eXxpedition researcher Lily Stuart, in collaboration with GeogSoc and TCD Plastic Free.

Meanwhile this week, the Hist’s Burke Subcommittee, in association with Niteline, will hold a panel discussion on mental health reform beginning at 5pm on Tuesday. What is sure to be an enlightening conversation between a panel of experts will be followed by a Q&A session and reception. LitSoc will host two authors this week; acclaimed YA writer Holly Bourne will address LitSoc and DUGES at 6pm on Tuesday, while co-founder of Tramp Press and dystopian writer Sarah Davis-Goff will visit the society at 7pm on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the Russian ambassador to Ireland, H. E. Yury Anatoliyevich Filatov, will speak to the Russian Society on the topic “Russia and the West”, followed by a Q&A and wine reception.

DUPA will be doing a second round of headshots this Wednesday. For just €10 you can book a slot to get a professional headshot, perfect for the LinkedIn profile picture you’ve always dreamed of. For chocolate lovers and party game fans alike, Europa Trinity is holding an evening of charades and chocolate tasting from 5pm on Wednesday where anyone can practice their miming skills and meet new people. If you’re more into a different kind of theatrics, the Phil is holding a full day of debating workshops on Thursday for Izzy’s Memorial Workshop Day. You can drop in for just one workshop or stay for the whole day.

Join DU ZooSoc for an exclusive trip to the Zoological Museum at its “Night at the Museum” event on Thursday evening. Following a talk from Dr. Martyn Linnie, there will be a chance to explore the museum, including a look at some specimens not usually on display. Germanic Soc is hosting its exchange partners from Heidelberg this week, so it has a full programme of events planned, ending with a pub crawl on Thursday night. Ending your week, TFM is back with another Boiler Room set this Friday night, with a line-up of TFM’s own DJs to provide the tunes well into the night.

Maggie Larson

Maggie Larson is a Computational Journalist for Trinity News, and a former Deputy Societies Editor.