UWTSD hosts its third Lampeter Harmony Conference


20.03.2018

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to host its third annual public Harmony conference at its Lampeter campus.

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Entitled ‘Action and Activism in Pursuit of Harmony’ students were given an opportunity to hear the thoughts of UWTSD’s Harmony Professors of Practice David Cadman and John Sauven, Executive Director at Greenpeace UK.  During the day delegates also heard contributions from numerous leading activists and environmental commentators from across the UK  as well as Academic staff and students.

The conference was officially opened by Dr Jane Davidson, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University.  Following a number of presentations and panel discussions a series of Question and Answer sessions with students from disciplines across the University were held with our Professors of Practice.

The event was held in UWTSD’s Arts Hall on the university’s Lampeter campus.  The conference was organised in partnership with the University’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) and the Sophia Centre for the study of Cosmology in Culture.

The conference was open to all staff and students and members of the public.   Dr Nicholas Campion, Conference Chair and Director of UWTSD’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, said: “The University was proud to host its third Harmony conference. It was an excellent day and I would like to thank everybody for their contribution which made this year’s Harmony Conference such a success once again.

The University has been developing policies and teaching related to sustainability in recent years – we are now interested in developing the philosophical notion of Harmony within the curriculum and in connection with the wider community. 

Dealing with the present social, environmental and economic crises is not just a matter of waiting for government and industry to change but of working out what we ourselves can do, as individuals and as communities. In order to understand the state of the world, we also have to address the underlying crisis of perception: what worldviews have led the Earth to its current state, and what worldviews can help us find solutions. It's important that we work out solutions between us, and the essence of the day was the debate, discussion and decisions on the action.

Dr Jane Davidson, said: “The University has a growing reputation in relation to sustainability, The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the principle of ‘Harmony’. Since the creation of UWTSD, we have been enabling new ways of looking at the world for a more harmonious relationship between humankind and nature and the need for greater understanding and tolerance – greater harmony – between and among us.

This university and the Lampeter campus, in particular, aim to be a beacon in testing such assumptions in the spirit of harmony. We are already deemed a leader in sustainability for all higher and further education. Our scrutiny of these important principles will be enhanced beyond measure by the active contribution of these esteemed colleagues.

It's important that we work out solutions between us and the essence of the Harmony Conference is to debate, to discuss and to make decisions on action.”

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Professor John Sauven, was delighted to be a part of the conference.  He added:

“Part of our role is to come and give a lecture a couple of times a year to the students, the staff and to the local community and really to try and find ways in which the whole issue around sustainable development, harmony and protection of the environment can be brought into the university and into the curriculum - to give it a higher profile and also get people out of their silos. 

“It’s tremendously important that young people and students, in particular, are discussing these issues, because, in a way, the future is theirs, the consequences of what we do today - they will definitely feel, so it’s really important that they take responsibility for this - that they feel empowered and have the knowledge to be able to deal with these really important issues.  I think it’s been fantastic today to talk to students across a different disciplines and to have this debate with them.”

Further Information

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