That question is not one that I think has a hard and fast answer but I have had a go at an answer:
On the 16th of November 2008 I wrote this piece on the, then new, GLOBE forum:
“Well, G.L.O.B.E. was founded by environmental engineering students for environmental engineering students. If you have concerns about your studies then we will point you in the direction of the best person in TAMK to help, if you want some advice on aspects of your studies and student life in general then we are here to listen and help! But we are more than that. We want to get pro-active on the environmental issues that concern and effect us all, we want to help shape the future of environmental engineering, in TAMK, in Finland and around the world. We want your help in calling attention to and solving problems in the environment. GLOBE is much, much more than just a society for getting drunk together, for while we love a party as much as the next bunch, we want to make a difference!! AND A BIG ONE AT THAT! As a student body we offer such an incredible rich and diverse background that we can use for the advantage of everyone, so be proud to be a part of something BOLD!”
So to a more general view.
GLOBE is a student run society with lofty ideals! A society for anyone studying Environmental Engineering at TAMK, be it for 4 years or 4 weeks, your all welcome and the moment you start your studies at TAMK you automatically become a member. There is no joining fee, all that is asked is that you GET INVOLVED!
Environmental Engineering students are an incredible friendly bunch of people, who share many common ideals and while the academic programme is why your here, taking time to grow the social aspect of being an Env. Eng. Student is why GLOBE is here! GLOBE organises a wide range of social events, from Christmas Parties to cultural visits, but always with an ecological stand point! The students of the Environmental Engineering degree programme come from every corner of the globe, and harnessing that diversity is a big part of the ethos of GLOBE. Participating in GLOBE events with your fellow students not only further cements friendships but shows everyone the wide variety of ideas that only a group of students such as ours can achieve, and these ideas and ways of working not only contribute to a successful GLOBE event or initiative but can stay with you into your working lives and can help us all go onto be better engineers and ultimately better people.