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27 May 2009 | PR 09/57

Thought-provoking Hard Rain Project comes to Loughborough

One of the most hard-hitting and moving environmental exhibitions is coming to Loughborough University next month as part of its worldwide tour.

One of the images from the exhibitionThe Hard Rain Exhibition explores the issues that are defining the 21st century, including climate change, poverty, habitat loss and human rights. The 60-metre long display will be on campus, along University Road, from 1 June until 10 July.

The exhibition is part of an umbrella initiative called the Hard Rain Project. As part of this, internationally renowned photographer Mark Edwards will also be giving a lecture at Loughborough on 3 June.

Mark will take the audience on a journey through rainforests, man-made deserts, inside shantytowns and peasant villages and into communities of indigenous people living in the most remote habitats on earth. His presentation will explore the problems and the solutions hidden inside the issues that define the 21st century and encourage the audience to participate in the complex debate about how best to address the pressing problems that threaten to engulf us.

Loughborough’s Sustainability Manager Jo Hasbury says both events are not to be missed. “I think the exhibition and Mark Edwards’ lecture will inspire many people to consider their personal impact on the environment and perhaps question how they deal with the issues that threaten to engulf us. I’d really encourage people to come along to these thought-provoking events,” she said.

Admission to the lecture is free but tickets are required. To book go to www.lboro.ac.uk/centenary/events/hardrain.html After the lecture Mark will sign copies of The Hard Rain book.

The Hard Rain Exhibition and lecture are being hosted by the University to highlight its commitment to sustainability, and are also part of its Centenary programme. The exhibition is just one of several ‘green’ events that will feature at the University’s forthcoming Centenary Open Day on Sunday 14 June. The Big Green Idea Bus will also be on campus to show people how to reduce their carbon footprint, and experts from both the University and Charnwood Borough Council will be on hand throughout the day to discuss energy use, recycling and other ‘green’ issues.

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  1. Further information about he Hard Rain Project is available at www.hardrainproject.com/home.htm
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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