Yesterday at noon, March 18th the Green days were formally launched at Háskólatorg. Green Days is a five day event were environmental issues are placed in the foreground with the aim of strengthening environmental awareness within the univeristy but also in the community as a whole.

Gaia, the student organization for the Environment and Natural Resources master‘s programme, has organized this event every year since 2008. In addition, Gaia awarded for the second time the Green Days Awards which is granted to an individual, group or department within the university who has in some way promoted and increased environmental awareness within the university and the Icelandic community at large. In 2012 the award was granted to the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences for their implementation of recycling centres in the university.

The receiver of the award this year was Guðni Elísson, a professor at the School of Humanities. Guðni has written a lot about environmental issues and in particular climate change. He has criticized the political dicourse in the country for ignoring and neglecting those imminent changes expected due to climate change not only in our ecosystems but also in our human society and the broader international sphere. Guðni has also pointed out how the political section has repeatedly derogated scientific research results in the field of environmental studies and disregarded the warning signs of scientists about the negative environmental impacts of human actions.

The commitee which decides on the award‘s recipient each year, states that Guðni‘s writings are important in the endeavor to increase environmental awareness and those goals which nations have set themselves to seek sustainable development and secure equal rights for future generations. Climate-induced changes will have a wide impact both in our country but also everywhere else in the world, so it is imperative for political parties from all persuassions to recognize these impacts and respond to them with concrete actions and not merely words. According to the commitee, environmental  issues concern us all and Guðni‘s contribution to environmental awareness is an integral part of public education and information. Finally, his vigilant guard towards these authorities which are involved in the decision making on environmental issues is of outmost importance.

March 19, 2013
Davíð Fjölnir Ármannsson „Guðni Elísson hlýtur umhverfisverðlaun Grænna daga“, Náttú March 19, 2013 URL: [Skoðað:Jan. 28, 2023]
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