New College Village Gathers for Annual Autumn Dinner
The annual New College Village Autumn Dinner was held on the evening of Thursday 16th March. There was a buzz in the room as residents chatted excitedly about the year ahead and new friendships between new and returning residents continued to grow. Residents were entertained by the musical talent of pianist, Fredrick Deng, who performed Yiruma’s “River Flows in You”.
The guest speaker was Professor Matthew England, from the Center of Climate Change Research at UNSW. He spoke to students about the UNSW Grand Challenges, which is a new initiative to define & lead, open, informed, public debate about the biggest challenges of our time and attempt to provide potential solutions. While offering his opinions on how to combat climate change Professor England encouraged residents to participate in the Grand Challenge initiative.
Professor England suggested that solutions to climate change should be centered on sustainable energy production and a transformation in the way society derives energy. The take home message was that climate change is already having a fast and drastic impact on our world and needs to be combated urgently.
The evening was a fantastic opportunity for the residents to reconnect after the summer break and enjoy a delicious meal as a community.