People & Planet Grassroots Blog

Our regional events this semester went with a bang!

This semester has been a busy one – we've had the 48hrs of Action in solidarity with Samsung factory workers protesting dangerous working conditions and union-busting, the National Day of Action for fossil fuel divestment, and, of course, our exciting regional events! These couldn't have happened if it weren't for our amazing regional organisers, scattered across the United Kingdom as well as Ireland; everyone who supports our work; and all the students involved in the network. Thank you!

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Union Busting? That’s Disgusting!

People & Planet groups across the country are participating in 48 Hours of Action this October, calling attention to union busting in Samsung and other major brands in the electronics industry. Kicking off in Cardiff outside the Samsung Experience Store on Queen Street, we filled the Welsh capitals streets with chants of “What do we want? Workers rights! When do we want them? Now!” and “Union busting? That’s disgusting!” whilst distributing flyers and collecting signatures for People & Planets petition asking Samsung to end their no-union policy.

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FULL DIVESTMENT AT LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY!

Loughborough University has announced that it is divesting fully from fossil fuel companies building on its prior freeze of all fossil fuel investments following student pressure.

The actions of Loughborough People & Planet secured meetings with the Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, and these discussions have been ongoing since the Easter break in order to bring about a binding motion at University council and secure this victory.

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Update on Kinder Morgan pipeline for People & Planet

Photo of Ocean Hyland in front of a London Barclays branch with text discussing the Alberta Tar Sands.

Hello, People & Plant friends!

My name is Ocean Hyland, I am from Tsleil-waututh Nation which is a community located near Vancouver, BC, Canada. 
 
A community which would be heavily affected if the proposed pipeline expansion is built through our traditional, unceded territory.
 
During my stay in London I met many activists and locals who held shared views of environmental protection and stewardship. Including students from People & Planet. 
 

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Divestment Decision Delayed As Cambridge Escalation Piles On Pressure

Cambridge hunger strikers

University Council today rejected a hard-line anti-divestment proposed “council” response initially drafted by a small group of financial bureaucrats. This draft response had rejected even the investments in ESG funds proposed by the Divestment Working Group report - which were not even explicitly recommended to be fossil free - described in the draft as ‘virtue-signalling’.

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Bath University Goes Fossil Free

Bath Divests from Fossil Fuels

After years of student campaigning, the University of Bath has pledged to fully divest its money from Fossil Fuel companies.

The university currently has fossil fuel investments of half a million pounds including over £100,000 in Shell alone.

After 3 years of campaigning from the People & Planet society, the university has agreed to no longer support the oil and gas industry through financial investments, joining over 60 other UK universities who have committed to divest.

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Decolonise Cambridge

In the past academic year, there has been an increasing amount of interest among students and staff to decolonise Cambridge.

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