STUDENT ACTION RESPONSE: COVID-19

What the spread of COVID-19 should teach us is that globally we are all connected.

 

Although it might be hard to summon the energy to take action when you feel drained from being stuck indoors, we know how incredible we can be when we come together.

 

Think of those on the front lines who are risking so much to help us all. Look at the support, empathy and love we’re seeing rise up across our communities around the world.

 

It is our belief that students can be the primary engines of positive change during times of crisis. We are, therefore, encouraging students to do what they can to support their communities while helping to also maintain a healthy world.

 

Click any of the actions below to do your bit today!
 

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ACTIONS TAKEN SO FAR

  • We are aware of the massive financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the creative community. Due to massive cancellations, artists and organisers are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times. 

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  • The need for supplies is greater than ever and food banks are an essential community service. Check with your local food bank to see what they are in need of or if you are self-isolating, make a financial donation online instead. 

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  • Look after yourself and others

    It’s essential we support each other and we are kind to ourselves in order to get through this time. Be extra mindful of checking in with your family, friends and the elderly in your neighbourhood. If you’re worried about someone, don’t delay - give them a call. 

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  • Start an online study group or host a webinar

    Now that we can’t meet in college to chat about upcoming assignments, it’s a good time to set up virtual study groups or check out some online educational resources. 

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  • Support those living with domestic violence

    Organisations are warning that the COVID-19 outbreak has put pressure on domestic abuse services as vulnerable people are spending increased time at home with abusers. 

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  • Cut back on water usage

    Irish water is asking the public, both households and businesses to help them in maintaining vital water and wastewater services by conserving water where possible. 

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  • Be mindful of the energy you’re consuming

    Longer days at home mean we’re using more electricity. Take some time to get out of the house if you can, and spend time in nature if you have easy access to it. 

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  • Support local businesses

    Local businesses are struggling to keep afloat as a result of the virus. Try to support the following types of businesses that are changing their business models to get through COVID-19. 

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  • Work on your idea for change

    If you have the energy and time, now is a good time to work on an idea for social and/or environmental change. 

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  • Help out your elderly neighbours

    There are still many, many people unable to leave their homes through poor mobility and fear. However, there are lots of ways you can support vulnerable people. 

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  • Donate blood

    Hospitals still require a safe and sustainable blood supply. If you're fit, well and not putting yourself or others at risk check out your local blood clinic and see what they need. 

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  • Refrain from hoarding supplies

    Hoarding supplies can leave our most vulnerable citizens at risk. Only take what you need when you go shopping, and be considerate of others. 

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  • List your old clothes on Depop

    Doing a wardrobe clear out? Take part in the circular economy by listing clothing items you no longer love on Depop. 

  • Protect ecosystems

    Raise awareness to threats to ecosystems and wildlife to prevent zoonoses (a disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals) from emerging. 

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  • Raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade

    Coronavirus has finally made us recognise the illegal wildlife trade is a public health issue. 

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  • Volunteer with the Health Service Executive

    If you have the ability to donate your skills to healthcare, the HSE are recruiting for volunteers in this time of crisis. 

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  • Share this campaign with your friends

    Pledge to tell 3 friends about #10000students and what actions they can take during this time. 

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