The Story of LCOY: Redefining Climate Action

By Saga Norrby At a Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) held at Amsterdam University College (AUC) last weekend, close to 200 attendants were encouraged to hold older generations accountable, and to redefine what ‘climate action’ means – is it about emission reduction, or is it more? The event kicked off with an opening ceremony at Pakhuis de Zwijger on Friday Oct. 19, and the following … Continue reading The Story of LCOY: Redefining Climate Action

Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

By Saga Norrby  — In 1994 Laurens Schasfoort – a then 29-year-old Dutchman – went to Tanzania and Kenya with the intention to teach. Having already taught physics and chemistry in the Netherlands, he thought he could be of help there. But looking back, present-day Schasfoort attributes the thinking of his younger self to “white arrogance.” “I think I can learn more from them than they … Continue reading Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

Luana Carretto: a food lover with a vision

By Julia Vié and Ivana Solar — Luana Carretto walked down the stairs in AUC after class in her long flowery skirt, her dreadlocks curled up into a large knot on her head. She is only 25 years old but already an inspiration for many AUC students to believe that change is possible as long as you really want it. Although she is a third year … Continue reading Luana Carretto: a food lover with a vision

AUC students are too sustainable for Greenpeace’s plastic bag challenge

By Ina Schebler — When Greenpeace issued its Plastic Bag Challenge, calling for people to not buy plastic bags for seven weeks, AUC students were quick to signal their participation by clicking “attending” on the Facebook page. However, only a few have officially signed up and even fewer are aware of the exact rules of the challenge. Although AUC students sometimes critique their classmates for … Continue reading AUC students are too sustainable for Greenpeace’s plastic bag challenge

Winners of AUC’s Dorm Room Competition Demonstrate Originality and Individuality of Styles

By Berlesu Kerimoglu — This March, Amsterdam University College held a contest in which students voted and elected their favorite style of dorm rooms. The winning rooms were Roxy Frey’s, 22, single room and Luana Carretto’s, 25, double room, which she shares with her husband, Dennis Polli, 35. Frey and Carretto will each be awarded 50 euros and their rooms will be showcased to prospective … Continue reading Winners of AUC’s Dorm Room Competition Demonstrate Originality and Individuality of Styles