Time to celebrate!

 

We have reached the end the the term and the end of 2014. It has been a great semester with the new committee members and the new launch of the #FossilFreeSouthampton campaign. We started the semester with guests speakers talking about TTIP,  Rice up and renewable energy. These has been informative events were we learned more about what we can do to contribute to the change that is necessary to protect our planet.

The launch of the Fossil Free campaign started with an introductory talk on what it was about. Learn more about the movement at gofossilfree.org/uk.

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It was good to see a number of people interested in the campaign!

Our first event for the campaign was a poster making session, where we created a bunch of letter posters for the photo campaign.  It was good to see new faces for these events. This means the message of the campaign is reaching people.

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In our lovely orange jumpsuits, calling the University of Southampton to divest from fossil fuels.

 

We are making a lot of progress with the campaign and we need to keep this up for 2015. We can really make a difference here in Southampton. Read our new blog post on our Fossil Free Southampton blog, for reasons why students want the university to divest. If you share the passion of these people, please contact us to get involved.

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Green Action Love!

 

All these progress called for a Christmas social! We headed off to Jesters for the night to have fun and celebrate all the success of the first semester of Green Action. We hope to meet more like minded people in the 2015 and enjoy the fun of fighting for our planet.

Get excited as we have loads more planned for the next year!

Have an amazing holidays everyone!

 

Love,

The Green Action Team x

Photo campaign

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We had another successful event, thanks to everyone who showed up. Orange was the theme with our very bright orange jumpsuits (as you can see from the photos!). The pictures turned out well, especially with all our lovely posters from the last event. We took a couple of pictures inside and then again outside. These photos will be used throughout our campaign to show unity of students for the #FossilFreeSouthampton campaign.

Keep following us on our social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) for future events. We also have a social tomorrow at Jesters to celebrate the success of the new launch of out Fossil Free campaign. For more information visit the event age here. Join us there for some fun and if not, thank you for the support and enjoy the holidays! :)

Love,

Green Action Team

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Be creative!

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Creative juices were flowing on our event this Tuesday and glitters, resulting in amazing posters. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

We managed to create individual posters spelling out D-I-V-E-S-T-U-o-S . This will be used for our photo campaign which will take place next week. We need people to join us on this special event to show the rest of the university the group of people that support the #FossilFreeSouthampton campaign. So bring yourselves, friends and anyone else that is interested. We will be in orange jumpsuits to support the orange theme of the campaign, while holding the individual letters. The photo campaign should only take 15 minutes, where we will gather everyone and take a group photo. Please visit our Facebook page for exact information on the event.

This will hopefully be a memorable event, where we can create an impact to the university. We would show them that this is an important issue for a lot of us and action must b taken. We are looking forward for your support.

Lots of love,

The Green Action Team

First Social

 

We had our first social last night. It was great to see all the support for the Fossil Free Southampton campaign, with everyone wearing their best orange and black outfits.Clowns was our first point of call, where we all met and got to know each other better. We then head off to Jesters to dance the night away. Its was good to see everyone have a good time.

There was also a lot of new faces from Oxfam Society. It was a very successful joint social where we all had great fun celebrating our collaboration with the campaign. We also have a new blog for the campaign which can be found on http://southamptonfossilfree.wordpress.com/ , where you can keep up with our progress.

Keep an eye out for our next social don’t forget to follow all our pages to avoid missing it. We can’t wait!

Keep spreading the love Green Actioners!

Renewable Energy

We had another successful event yesterday on renewable energy. We had speakers from Hampshire Renewable Energy co-op and West Solent Solar (WSS) ; two organisations who are leading the revolution in renewable energy in the South.

Hampshire Renewable Energy is an organization formed to promote renewable energy projects in Hampshire. They are a cooperative which is invested in by local people, so that members can join up from around the region and together own community stakes in new renewable projects such as wind and solar farms. Learn more about their organisation at www.hampshire-energy.co.uk/

West Solent Solar Cooperative formed last year with the aim of putting communities in control of their local energy supply. This cooperative is part of a national association of UK energy cooperatives, Energy4All, and one of their current projects is a solar park on the outskirts of Lymington. Learn more about this cooperative at www.westsolentsolar.coop/

Many topics and ideas were discussed which inspired and encourage many of the attendees. We also had an update on the Fossil Free Southampton campaign which will take off next week with our photo campaign. More information will be provided in the following days about this event, so keep an eye on our other pages.

Stay interested and inspired Green Actioners! :)

Introduction to Fossil Free Campaign

Yesterday, the 4th of November, we had our event where we introduced the Fossil Free campaign that we plan to continue this year from the previous years. The Fossil Free campaign is a global divestment movement calling organisations, institutions and individuals to end their financial investment into fossil fuels industry. For more information on why this is such an urgent issue watch this Do the Math clip by the organisation 350.org, where they discuss the effect of fossil fuels to our planet.

Many institutions and groups around the world have been successful with their campaign. Just this October, the University of Glasgow became the first academic institution in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry after just 12 months of campaigning. To read more on their success visit http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/08/glasgow-becomes-first-university-in-europe-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels .

Let’s aim to be the second academic institution to divest from fossil fuels. But this will require a lot of hard work and help from as many people as possible. We call on you for support by participating in our future events, but for now please like and share our Fossil Free Southampton page at https://www.facebook.com/fossilfreesouthampton. Visit this page for future events and socials where you can get involved in the campaign. We will try to make this as fun as possible which will hopefully invite more people to join the movement.

 

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This photo is taken at the end our meeting. On the background are a few of our ideas to get the campaign going, if you do have more suggestions please do not hesitate to get in touch with the committee by visiting our Fossil Fuel Southampton page.

 

Fossil Free Campaign

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This Tuesday at 7pm, we will be holding our introductory event for the Fossil Free Campaign. We will introduce the issue and discuss possible actions we can take.

To take part visit our Facebook page for more details on https://www.facebook.com/groups/6906767362/ .

To learn more about the issue for the time being visit http://gofossilfree.org/uk/ to join the movement online and to read on what others have been doing to Divest from Fossil Fuels.

Join our ow campaign by by signing the petition at http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/fossil-free-southampton-campaign?source=facebook-share-button&time=1391615732 and share the campaign to friends and family to increase the awareness of the issue.

So if you believe that it’s wrong to wreck the climate and it’s wrong to make profit from its wreckage, join us in our fight to divest from fossil!

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

 

TTIP

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!