Rice up and Fed Up!

On the 21st of October, we held our second event.

We had a guess speaker from Rice Up Wholefoods Ltd talk about how they run the store and why we should choose ethical, fairly traded and organic goods. For more information visit their website at http://www.riceup.co.uk/ , follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/RiceUpLtd or visit them in store in the heart of Southampton City Centre.

The second part of our event we showed the movie Fed Up (2002). The film depicts the history of American agriculture and examines the effect of GMO. The film is free to watch on Youtube so check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaAQRfxpSjI



Our first event, which was held on the 7th of October was on TTIP.

TTIP stands for Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It’s a trade treaty being negotiated between the US and the EU- covering most of Europe. Trade deals are appearing more and more in global politics and they represent a threat to our environment. They are binding agreements between two regions that forces them to give the equal treatment to companies that operate in both- mainly global corporations. This means things like environmental regulations, the worker’s rights in unions, even a minimum wage- all these control how a corporation does business in a country. But now, trade deals like TTIP could replace these national laws. Profit for businesses would come above all else, with countries who passed laws that for example banned mining in an ecologically important region could be sued by the corporations wanting to open the mine. Oil companies could sue a country that made a national law limiting carbon emissions. It’s a very dangerous prospect for all of us who care about not only nature but also our democratic rights.

We had a guess speaker, Linda Kaucher, of the Stop TTIP campaign group based in London. To keep to date with their work, follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/eci_ttip .

And for more information on TTIP visit  http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/newsdesk/energy/analysis/qa-what-does-trans-atlantic-trade-deal-mean-environment


Additional Committee Members


On our last event, we held an EGM at which further two members were voted in.

Web Manager: Anne Romero

Social Sec: Dominika Slotwinska

Another committee member will be voted in on our next event, which will be on the 4th of November. The role will be as a Publicity Officer, who’s role will primarily be to create a poster for each of our events and stick it up around campus. If you’re interested in running for this position go on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/6906767362/ for more information.


More information will be posted on past and present events in the coming days. Stay tuned!

New Committee!

After last night’s AGM we have a new committe for the next academic year! Congratulations to the following for being elected:

President: Kristin Vestermark
Treasurer: Matt Worsdale
Secretary: Rosie Pearce

Thanks to all who turned up, and we wish all the new committee members good luck in their roles!


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Green Action’s Fossil Free Campaign

Dear reader,

If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage, right?

Climate Change is a real and present danger to our generation. Every year now, more cities are flooded, wildfires rage out of control, droughts force millions to migrate, the ice caps melt at a more alarming rate than our scientists ever predicted.

Whilst there is little the international  community can agree on with regards to how to stop climate change, they agree on one thing; if we exceed a 2ºC increase in global temperatures we will see catastrophic global effects. The fossil fuel industry is unequivocally driving us towards a global climate crisis: we will not keep dangerous climate change at bat without halting our extraction of fossil fuels.  

UK universities are deeply entangled in the fossil fuel industry. They currently invest up to £6.6 billion in the industry depending on the university, with money from their pension funds and endowments. That’s an investment in fossil fuels of £1,804 for every student in the UK. Not only are universities financially supporting the fossil fuel industry, they are giving it a social licence. Universities are meant to be a bastion of forward thinking and life changing research in our society. Therefore, to invest in fossil fuels goes completely against this in every way. It is not just financial investments; too many UK universities also support the fossil fuel industry directly through their research and their partnerships with some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world like Shell and BP.

Southampton Green Action society’s fossil free campaign involves raising awareness that the University of Southampton invests in the fossil fuel industry and building student support on campus. The fossil free campaign aims to sever all the links between the fossil fuel industry and universities through a divestment movement, moving money away from fossil fuel industries. We also need universities to start supporting a clean energy future and investing in and researching renewable energy sources.

On Thursday 13th February Southampton Green Action will be conducting the Fossil Free campaign on campus, outside the Southampton University’s Student’s Union. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping out with the campaign, through raising student awareness. If you are unable to volunteer, why not come and show your support for the campaign by meeting us on the concourse and speak to one of our volunteers to find out more.

To find out more contact: greenaction@soton.ac.uk

Fracking and Renewable Energy Workshop

Green Action’s second event for the year will be a Fracking and Renewable Energy Workshop.
It will be taking place this Monday 7th at 19:00pm in the Nuffield Theatre (06) Room 1083 and will involve a short talk and presentation on Fracking and the associated risks it poses to us in the UK. We aim to raise awareness of the energy and climate issue for those not so familiar.
It will be a fun and an interesting discussion based workshop which would get everyone involved by talking and thinking about the energy crisis in the UK and how we can build a future on renewable energy rather than dirty fossil fuel energy!
So come along and share your ideas- this will also be a great way to learn each other’s views, and build for the year.

Welcome Fresher’s to Southampton Green Action 2013-14!

Welcome fresher’s for this academic year of Southampton Green Action 2013-2014! We’ve got lots of exciting events, campaigns and projects to get involved in over this coming year, so you don’t want to miss out! The first of which is a ‘Welcome Evening’ with an Exclusive Guest Speaker from the People and Planet Organisation and a truly unique performance by Greenbeats – A cycle powered sound system providing music throughout the evening. So join us and let us introduce you to Southampton Green Action, on the Monday 30th September. We will be meeting outside the Student’s Union (opposite Stag’s Head pub on Highfield Campus outside building 42. Map: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/visitus/campuses/maps/highfield_3d_key.pdf) at 7:30pm and we will lead people there to the Green Action room. Don’t worry if you haven’t met us before or don’t know where to go we’ll show you where to go! Join our group on Facebook to receive all the latest updates just go to  https://www.facebook.com/groups/6906767362/

Environmental Rock 2013

This coming bank holiday Monday is Environmental Rock 2013, the yearly green festival we help organise at The Hobbit where local green groups and businesses mingle with the public with a background of local musicians, veggie food, organic drinks and a huge raffle! Doors open at 12pm with the main day lasting until 6pm (after which the music carries on until late) – suggested entry donation of £1.

It’s officially a Green Action social, so it would be great if lots of you came along to enjoy the day (Green Action will be sharing a stall with SUCV and SAPAM under the SU EnviroSocs banner). We’re also looking for volunteers to help the day happen smoothly, so if you feel like helping out in return for free entry, a free raffle ticket and a free t-shirt (if you’re one of the first 20 to volunteer) than get in touch!

Green Action has a new committee for 2013/14!


After last night’s AGM we have a new committe for the next academic year! Congratulations to the following for being voted in:

President: Tom Hicks
Treasurer: Adele Wratten
Secretary: Matt Worsdale


Publicity: Matt & Amy Edwards
Campaigns: Matt & Tom
Socials: Amy Edwards
City group liaison: John Preston
Food Co-op: Rachael Avery & Amy Nicholass

Thanks to all who turned up, and we wish all the new committee members good luck in their roles!

If you’d like to read the official minutes of the meeting then read on:

Green Action AGM2013 (23/4/13) minutes:

Present: 14 members (David A. McKay, Rachael Avery, Tom Devine, Paul Kiddle, Chris Stow, John Preston, Sai On Lewis Tang, Joe Tait, Michael Cutter, Amy Edwards, Amy Nicholass, Matt Worsdale, Tom Hick, Adele Wratter), apologies from 3 (Craig Rye, Sally Jensen, Ben Barton)

  • David A. McKay introduced the AGM as chairperson, explaining the roles available for election and what they involve
  • Questions were received on the past direction and activities of Green Action and the role of Green Action on campus; it was established that Green Action’s role is to promote environmental awareness and campaigning on campus via any way the committee sees fit and that the last year has been quiet for Green Action due to many active members having heavy course workloads
  • Nominations were invited for each position, with each candidate briefly stating what they would do if elected. The results for each position are summarised below: President: John Preston and Tom Hick nominated, Tom elected; Treasurer: Adele Wratten and Matt Worsdale nominated, Adele elected; Secretary: John Preston and Matt Worsdale nominated, Matt elected; Co-ordinators: Amy Edwards nominated for Publicity and Socials, Matt Worsdale nominated for Publicity and Campaigns, Tom Hicks nominated for Campaigns, John Preston nominated to liaise with relevant groups in the City, Rachael Avery and Amy Nicholass were nominated for Food Co-op, all were elected (with some roles shared)
  • Overall the new committe promised in their speeches better publicity and promotion to try and expand awareness of the society on campus (and especially to relevant courses e.g. environmental science students), with support for starting new campaigns and carrying on with local community gardening and the food co-op
  • Paul Kiddle led the Food Co-op GM (minutes to be made available to Food Co-op members on the FC website)
  • The Treasurer’s report was presented, establishing that Green Action has £591.29 in the account (an increase of ~£100 on last year), mostly reflecting Food Co-op membership deposits and surplus and some budget leftover from SUSU 2011/12 allocation (due to the cancellation of a talk). SUSU has allocated us £45 over this last year used for printing and gardening costs
  • A handover and planning meeting between new and old committees was proposed and accepted, to be organised to happen later this term
  • The AGM was closed