RWI on Blood Batteries, Fashion and Consumption

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is supporting and participating in Lund University’s Sustainability Week at the end of April. The week gather students and researchers’ at Lund University and citizens of Lund to create the opportunity of meeting and discussing sustainability and is arranged by Lund University, the City of Lund and other independent organizations.

Participating are RWI’s Team Leaders of Economic Globalisation and Human Rights, Radu Mares and Malin Oud. Mares is moderating a workshop on the backsides of renewable energy and Oud will participate in two events regarding the Fashion industry and a workshop on the responsibilities of consumers versus politicians in a consuming world.

All of RWI’s event take place on the 24th of April. Please note that to attend these events a sign-up is required. Information regarding this can be found in each one of the links below:


When: 24 April, 13:00 – 15:00

Venue: Palaestra et Odeum, Lund


The fashion industry is second only to oil as the top industrial polluter, producing more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Our addiction to fast fashion has consequences, so what are the solutions? What can industry do to minimize environmental damage and ensure respect for human rights all through their value chain?


When: 24 April, 15.00 ­­­- 17.00,

Venue: IIIEE Aula, Tegnérsplatsen 4, Lund


As Elon Musk famously said, “We will not stop until every car on the road is electric”. Since then, most major car manufacturers have developed electric models; trucks, busses, bikes, you name it – everything can be powered by the magic battery. However, producing a battery is resource intensive and demand for metals like cobalt, copper and nickel is soaring. To fill that demand, artisanal miners in the Congo are digging deep, working under terrible conditions and with death as a looming risk. What are stakeholders doing to prevent human rights violations in their supply chains?


When: 24 April, 15.00 – 17.00

Venue: Palaestra, Paradisgatan, Lundagård, Lund


Saving the world is an audacious goal, and our society is increasingly putting that responsibility on consumers. BUY organic, BUY fair trade, HOLD companies accountable – but should you even be allowed to purchase unsustainable products? This workshop will delve into that question and more.

The Sustainability Week will be running from 23-28 April.

For more information and events check the full day programme and the programme for the whole Sustainability Week

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