On the trail of sustainability: Student SDG Walk during Basel Sustainability Week

SDG Walk in Basel, March 2024

As part of the University of Basel's Sustainability Week, a group of students showcased their city tour developed during the trinational block seminar "Sustainable Eucor Cities", which examines Basel through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

On Saturday, March 23, 2024, the group, accompanied by interested members of the public and numerous sustainability-committed students from Basel, Freiburg, and Strasbourg, gathered at Münsterplatz. Upon arrival, they assumed the roles of a UN employee, a skeptic of sustainability, and a traditional city guide. Through an informative and occasionally emotive dialogue among these personas, they effectively linked the UN Sustainable Development Goals to typical Basel landmarks such as the Münsterplatz, the Mittlere Brücke, the Kaserne, and the Erasmusplatz. From the Määrtisch and Helvetia sculptures to car and bike sharing initiatives, local institutions, and Basel's zero-waste shop, connections with and between the Sustainable Development Goals were underscored.

Kick-off for the establishment of SDG Walks in the Eucor cities

The Sustainability Week in Basel served as the inaugural event for establishing student SDG Walks in the Eucor cities. As part of the University Days for Sustainability in Freiburg from 17 to 21 June, a city tour will take place on site, offering a further analysis of urban life and its connection to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More information on the programme will follow.

The student SDG Walks were organized as part of the block course "Sustainable Cities? Exploring Your City Through the Lens of the Sustainable Development Goals. Mapping - Analysis - Action". This course is funded by the Eucor-EPICUR initiative of the University of Basel and was supported by Movetia, the Swiss Agency for Mobility and Exchange. The Swiss Confederation funds Movetia.

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