People & Planet Grassroots Blog

GoGreen19: Getting staff on your side- Student Staff solidarity!

Found that your university management are sometimes uncooperative or even belligerent? It’s likely that staff are just as tired of them as you are. The forces that students are fighting against are the same ones that led to pay cuts for staff and increased workloads and zero-hour contracts. We have far more in common with our lecturers than we might initially think.

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GoGreen19: International justice and the Paris Agreement

Photo of COP 21 non violent direct action

 Discussions of climate change go hand in hand with issues of justice and distributive fairness, this is because the burdens of climate change disproportionately affect the poorest areas of the world where its inhabitant are the least equipped to deal with its impact, due to geographic vulnerability and poverty. Therefore, it seems logical that the international response to climate change, in the form of international agreements; aim to avert the climate crisis whilst being sensitive to questions of justice and fairness.  

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Why be a student trustee?

Want to know how a small grassroots organisation with a big impact works? Keen to have a hand in its strategy, planning and budget? Chuck a welcoming, inclusive environment where your opinions are valued into the mix – and surely being a student trustee for People & Planet is a winner. Looking back over my two-year term, I can wholeheartedly say that running to be a trustee was one of the most fantastic decisions I made at uni.

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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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