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Week 6: Learning Community Newsletter

Posted on 13 February 2023

All the latest from the department

This week is One Planet Week at York with a wide range of ecological-themed events running across the university. (I've highlighted some below). With the ongoing energy crisis this is a central question in politics and York has a history of leading in this area. 

For those Final Year students the NSS is still up and running - please do take the time to fill it out, it would be great to hear your thoughts on your time at York. 

Finally, this week's Shut up and Write will be on Thursday (16th) 12-2pm in J/P/005. Feel free to come along for a cup of coffee, some biscuits and a focussed writing session. 

John Evemy (Learning Community Officer)


The Oil Machine - Film Screening

Wednesday 15 February, 5.45pm - 8.15pm

Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building - Booking required


Join the Climate Change Network for a screening of The Oil Machine, which explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with fossil fuels by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil & gas. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?


Does sustainability need a radical change to land law? - Dr Sean Thomas, The York Law School

Friday 17 February, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Online only - Booking required


Does sustainability need a radical change to land law?' The costs of environmental damage (whether by pollution, or through over-extractive use) of land are well-known. Clearly a more sustainable approach to the way we use land is necessary. However, the meaning of this aim is potentially incredibly complex. Law will play a part in the process of developing sustainable approaches to land. The extent to which the current English and Welsh land law regime is suitable for this is questionable. One question that may be asked is the extent to which we need radical change to land law? Here I examine some radical options for reforming (revolutionising?) land law in this context. In particular, I consider (1) home-ownership structures; (2) the implications of the regulation of non-use of land; (3) land as part of the circular economy.