Talk by Karen Inwood – grassroots permaculture in El Salvador

Karen Inwood , director of IPES (the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador), is giving a talk at the School of Geography on Monday 30 November at 7 pm at the School of Geography Lecture Theatre (School of Geography East building). Her talk will focus on IPES’s efforts to develop the structures and knowledge base to best tackle climate change in rural communities in El Salvador. Karen is an insping speaker.

IPES is an independent organisation of Salvadorian farmers established in 2002 ( They are currently working on education and infrastructure work with about 50 communities (they have worked with more in the past), and are developing their new education centre. A main part of their work consists of facilitating the development of knowledge networks within and amongst the communities. They focus on Permaculture education and support to projects, and particularly emphasize on work with women.

We will probably stay at the Geography East building foyer for an informal discussion after the talk, or might move to a nearby pub.

Green Drinks Leeds

Think Green? Drink Green at the last Green Drinks Leeds of 2009.

Green Drinks Leeds is part of a global network of over 600 monthly events where people from across the green spectrum, from activists to academics to business people meet to chat over a drink or two.

visit for more details (click on UK then Yorkshire then Leeds), or join our groups on Facebook, LinkedIn, Meetup or


Shops, lifestyle and the planet

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy’s 2009-2010 Seminar Series
continues on Tuesday 1st December with Professor Alan Knight, OBE, discussing:
Shops, lifestyle and the planet.
All seminars are from 5-6pm. No reservation is required but places in the lecture theatre are available on a first come first served basis.
Please feel free to forward details of the seminars to any colleagues, students or other contacts who might be interested.
We hope to see you there.
Best wishes
Professor Andy Gouldson
Director, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy
‘Shops, lifestyle and the planet: Will Corporate Social Responsibility deliver a one planet low carbon world?’
Prof Alan Knight, OBE, founder of Single Planet Living
Chair  Professor Andy Gouldson, Director, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy
Time  5-6 pm, Tuesday 1st December 2009
Venue  Lecture Theatre E, Ground Floor, Environment Building, University of Leeds (Building 55A on the campus map which can be downloaded at . Access via the courtyard to the left of the Great Hall, University Road).  Lecture Theatre E is on the left hand side, just inside the main doors of the Environment Building.
Abstract  Alan will give his own insights into how fast moving consumer products and global brands and global sustainable development are impossible bed fellows. The reason for this is far more complex old cliched "corporate’s don’t care" but a fundamental weakness in the tone of voice narrative that underpins both CSR and sustainable development. A fresher, product and lifestyle centric narrative and vision is needed before we can unlock the dangerous inertia and distraction that the CSR discipline is creating.
The speaker  Alan has nearly 20 years’ experience of working with global and national organisations advising them at board level on global sustainable development issues which affect business, society and individuals.
He is the independent advisor to the Virgin Group, ensuring a single co-ordinated approach to Sustainable Development. He also runs the Virgin Earth Challenge (a US$25 million prize for carbon sequestration), The Virgin Rainforest Challenge and its HIV programme.
He has worked with clients as diverse as Body Shop, Coca-Cola, Prudential and Calgary City. He serves on the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, is a senior associate of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership for Industry, is a fellow of WWF UK, a former director of the Tropical Forest Trust and a current director of the Forest Stewardship Council.
He was awarded the OBE in June 1998 for Services to the Environment and in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance gave him a lifelong award for his contribution to finding solutions to rainforest destruction caused by the timber industry.

Anniversary of Seattle! Activist Bingo Night

A vegan Meal by the Cafe Collective* accompanied by Short Films and a Talk on the 1999 WTO protest at Seattle and how this relates to the mass mobilisations happening in Copenhagen next month. Followed by a nice game of Activist Bingo.

£4 all proceeds go to help people from the Uk get to Copehagen for the COP15 mass actions!

In 1999 tens of thousands of protesters shut down the WTO conference creating a global anti-capitalist movement. Come and find out more.

The Cafe Collective is a goup of us that have been planning the re-use of The Common Place Cafe. We want to cook affordable, wholesome, and vegan food that people can enjoy whilst chatting to friends/making new ones, or learning some interesting stuff from intersting people, or bopping to some tunes, or leafing through some books etc.. And anyone can can join in, we love sharing the skills and love for all things DIY. We will be opening once a week after December, so watch this space !

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How Many People Can You Fit in a Co-op??

A question weve all pondered to ourselves and Iv often lost a good nights sleep over, Nows your chance to find out!!

Make a guess on how many people you can fit in the G.A. Co-op with the chance to win a bag of Veggie/co-op goodies. worth 15squid!!

Sign up at the co-op, a pound a guess, then come along on Wednesday 2nd Decemember 1pm to see how many we can actually fit in, nice chance to catch up with your Green action buddies (in close proximity) and find the answer to that burning question.

See you there!!

Warning: not advised for claustrophobics, you can count the people squished in.