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Climate and it’s relevance to this election

With the snap election fast approaching, the UK is in a midst of debate. This election is different as it’s a snap election, and due to the implications of Brexit, it’s dividing the nation more than ever. With other parties loosing out and stressing to their voters to either vote Conservative or Labour, we need to be sure on why the environment should be an important factor of any election.

By the time the next election rolls around in 2022, the climate could have risen by 1.5C. This is the level that it was agreed not to be reached at the Paris Summit in 2015. If we keep burning coal, gas and oil at the rates we are currently, we would have surpassed this temperature by this time.

Naturally, the biggest issue here is that it can be changed. It is not inevitable. If we become more hands on and increase our efforts of lowering emissions, the effects will pay off immediately. With parties vowing to end fracking and fight for a greener nation, we need to ensure our votes are carefully thought out. If climate is at the top of your personal manifesto, then listen up.

It is so important that we, as young people, vote for who has the best manifesto. Avoid voting for a party purely because you do not want someone from the opposing party to get a seat. This is how individuals end up regretting their decisions, as well as things going horribly wrong. Over a million young people are not on the electoral roll, and our vote makes a huge difference.

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By Amanda Elliott, Communications Officer

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One Day Without Us – CCCU Joins In

Monday 20th February 2017 will mark a day of celebration for migrants in the UK, and their incredible contributions that they make to our culture and economy.

Canterbury Christ Church University will ‘walk-out’ (of lectures if necessary) and stand in solidarity with migrant workers, as well as our international students and staff. We will gather by the pond in the quad for ten minutes, all are invited.

During this time of movement, solidarity and change, it needs to be understood that we need migrants in the UK. Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Contributions to our economy

Of course, more migrants means a higher demand for public services. However, it is undeniable that this is outweighed by the contributions immigrants make to our GDP. It was once found that, contrary to popular belief, 1.7% of EU migrants claim unemployment benefits. Immigrants help fill gaps in a market of jobs where there are shortages, i.e the NHS.

2. International students

As a university student, I am friends with plenty of international students. It has been said that foreign culture is conducive to great, life-long friendships. International students paired with British students provides a sharing of culture, a positive on so many levels. International studies are amazing for career prospects as well, and some of our most pioneering minds will stem from international study in the UK.

3. Saving the ageing population

An ageing population is basically what it says on the tin, a population that has more individuals past a certain age. This leads to more retirees, resulting in less money being pumped into the economy as there are less people paying taxes and earning money through jobs. Therefore, we need a growing population to ensure this becomes less of an issue.

4. Diversity

The benefits of a culturally-diverse nation are endless. It promotes humanistic views, builds new relationships, promotes equality, allows us to explore new fashions and cuisines, the list goes on. Diversity gives, especially young people an amazing outlook.

These are only some of the benefits, but I couldn’t possibly list them all!

Please stand in solidarity with us on 20/02/2017 at midday.

http://www.1daywithoutus.org/

By Communications Officer, Amanda Elliott

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January resolutions: how eating healthy can keep your mental health positive

In recent years, eating healthy has been associated with maintaining your mental health. As a contributing factor that not many people actually know about in more detail, here is how healthy eating can bring you closer to healthy living:

Some figures:

It has been predicted that in the UK and other industrialised countries, we will eat more than 4 kilograms of additives every year. This is due to food’s available in shops that are, ideally, a lot quicker to prepare, as they are either half way made for us with a selection of unhealthy ingredients, or they simply just need to be heated up. This is called processed food. These kind of foods have resulted in us consuming a lot less fresh, nutritious, local produce. In the last 60 years, there has been a 34% decline in vegetable consumption, with only 13% of men eating their 5-a-day, and only 15% of women eating theirs.

The facts:

  • Foods that are high in sugar naturally give you a surge of energy as they are absorbed quickly in the bloodstream – meaning that once this surge is over, we are left feeling tired and low. A sugar comedown, if you will.
  • Foods like vegetables, fruit and wholegrain cereals are more filling, as the natural (and much healthier) sugars from them are absorbed into the bloodstream a lot slower. This also stops the possibility of mood swings.
  • These foods contain thiamin (B1), which has been closely associated with the control of mood. Zinc and folate have been proven to improve the mood of participants with depression in a number of studies.
  • Eating lots of vegetables has been closely associated with preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s later on in life – proven in a number of studies.
  • Bloating and discomfort, caused by fatty foods like burgers, pizza and chips can lead to low moods. Have vegetables ever made you feel uncomfortably full?

The facts are endless. By all means, still eat sugary foods every now and again. That will not hurt at all, it’s about maintaining balance. Fad diets have been proven to only be a short term fix for weight loss, but maintaining a balanced diet and exercise is a sure fire winner to keep the weight off for good.

Happy January!

By Amanda Elliott

 

 

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