GA Mins 20/10/11


 Green Action Meeting

 20th October 2011, 6pm-7:30pm The Packhorse Pub

Present: Celia, Guilia, Pascal, Rita, Maia, Mary, Kim, Kim, Neil, Rosy, Nikki, Nabil and Sarah


1. Additions to the Co-op

2. Co-op order and delivery

3. Green Action membership

4. Allotment

5. Workshops

6. Radical Roots

7. Any other business


1.  Additions to the Co-op

Last meeting a variety of useful additions to the co-op were suggested. We now have:



   Message book

                 Found in the second drawer down with all the other Notebooks/orders/folders etc

                 This message book for volunteers works best when it is checked at the beginning of every shift.

                 Enter in date, time and name. If a previous comment has been responded to, signify this in the message book.

Further suggestions include:

   Better dispensers for the liquids.  Action: Neil to look into this.


2. Order and Delivery

1. what to do when the delivery arrives very late?

   Acknowledgement that this is just something that happens. It’s up to us to make sure we can deal with it.

Action to be taken?

   Ensure that the Friday morning shift are clued up on how to process the delivery. Action: Guilia to go in the following morning, check that this is all cool.


2. Really important to have at least one member of the food hub at the meeting (also acknowledged the only reason no one was there at the start because they were very kindly sorting out the late delivery!)


3. With the increase in demand, a large increase on the order is required!

   high demand for: dried apricots, chocolate soya milk, etc. Action: when people repeatedly ask for something, use a tally system on the shopping list to reflect demand


4. Jars aren’t being refilled. What to do with empty jars that need cleaning?

   Take them to "the lounge" — here there are large kitchen sinks. Someone needs to bring in a bottle for washing up liquid  – bottle is now with other cleaning equipment under cash machine.


5. Placing personal orders: a reminder to food hub, please signify that they have been ordered and draw a line under it.


At this point there was recognition that the Green Action meeting was being dominated by a discussion of Co-Op stuff. As changes in the Co-Op are happening very rapidly everyone agreed it might be good to have a coop volunteers meeting in the co-op itself. However, no date/time has yet been set.


6. Storage space for the co-op – do we want storage space lock ups near the common room?

   decision that: wouldn’t be suitable for food.

   Would be suitable for all the other stuff to allow more space for food in the co-op.

   Take the Space! Action: Guilia


7. Discussion point: change all pricing to 100g? Decision: yes. However, to be raised next meeting (awareness that there is an objection from members not present at the meeting)


3.  Membership

Points raised:

We are a members co-op that works as a cooperative, encourages active involvement, and is so, SO much more than a shop. Since the movement of the co-op, many more people have been using it. This means that when losses are made, they can be much greater. (increase in order: out and income all much higher). Therefore it is all the more important to make sure people pay the membership fee before using the Co-Op. Plus, resultant funds help reduce loss and can be used to bolster the campaigning branch of Green Action


   Ensure everyone using the Co-op is a member

   Encourage members, they are then part of a cooperative and get to have a say in  how its run

   Make the point that we sell at cost price, so need to minimise losses


-Membership cards?

   they allow us easily to see who’s a member

   they make people feel that the two pounds results in something tangible, proof

   it would be easy to make the transition starting now


What are the possibilities?

   make a design and then print (cost incurred>?)

   use old business cards (free) and make a stamp (potentially minimal) (plus old business cards are good hard paper)


   Action: Maia to find out about cost breakdown, options, and raise for final decision at the next meeting.


4. Allotment

Rita presented feedback from the allotment meeting.

Lots of exciting new ideas to get more allotment involvement. Most important element: GET INVOLVED! Sundays, 12-2pm! It’s well exciting.

   Suggestions for an allotment week, everybody bringacake and get stuck in

   skipping for wood

   more allotment socials

   permaculture workshops

   individual plots


5. Workshops

   Check the signs in the Co-Op

   Next workshop: Wednesday 1730 till 19h in Meeting Room 3, make your own toiletries!

   When is the bread making workshop…? ambiguity. What was the decision? When where, who? understanding that it was Gauthier – Guilia to contact him.


6. Radical Roots. Go check it out. Price was still unclear but described as "cheap". If you want to go, get in touch with Guilia or Tim asap: as in, before next meeting.




Dale Farm: Report from the front line

 As the Dale Farm eviction continues activists from Dale Farm Solidarity report back on what happened at the eviction, how the campaign built up
and open up discussions about forming a Traveller solidarity group in
Leeds to stop forced evictions of Travellers.

“When yea came to Dale Farm you came just to support the cause, because you knew it was wrong. But we feel in love with each and every one of you. We did, we feel in love with yea. The best thing about Dale Farm which I’ll take away with me, was meeting all of yea, and that’s from my heart. Me and my mum had a conversation, and she went back to our great ancestors, and no body has ever stood up in history for Travelling people. And Dale Farm comes along, and we had people, really good settled people that stood up for us. And that my mum said, made history. She said ‘You’ve lost your homes, but it made history.’”

Pearle addressing the Anarchist Bookfair
savedalefarm @

Animal Ethics and Sustainable Food Policy Conference

This looks like a really exciting conference regarding animals and food. Great for anyone who wants to learn about the academic side of their ethical beliefs.

"This conference will provide an opportunity to bring together the best scholars working on the intersections between animal ethics, sustainability, and food policy, and to develop further capacity and stimulate community action in this field."

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Green Action Libary

To get out a book you ….

This is a selection of books that are held in the Green Action Libary which is kept in a trolly outside Green Action.  Leeds University has a much larger collection of books we have a list of some of them that might be relevent to people in Green Action in the [[Alternative Leeds university library]] list.


  • A Raw Deal: Trade and the World’s Poor, Peter Madden, (Christian Aid), 1992
  • As Lambs to the Slaughter: The Facts about Nuclear War, Paul Rogers, Malcolm Dando, Peter Van Den Dungan, (Arrow Books in association with Ecoropa), 1981
  • Asking the Earth: The Spread of Unsustainable Development, Winin Pereira, Jeremy Seabrook, (The Other India Press), 1992
  • Beyond The Bars: The Zoo Dilemma, Virginia McKenna, Will Travers, Jonathan Wray (eds), (Sterling Pub Co Inc) , 1988
  • Cold Hearths and Barren Slopes: The Wood Fuel Crisis in the Third World, Bina Agarwal, (Allied Publishers), 1986
  • Food Co-ops Toolkit: A Simple Guide to Setting up Food Co-ops, ?
  • Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Green Home Handbook, Mark Sydenham, (Friends of the Earth Trust), 1996
  • Garrison Guatemala, Georges Black, (Zed Books), 1984
  • Green Action, New Internationalist, (New Internationalist Press), 2007
  • Green and Pleasant Land?: Social Changes in Rural England, Howard Newby, (Hutchinson of London), 1979
  • How to Avoid GM Food: Hundreds of Brands, Products and Ingredients to Aviod, Joanna Blythman, (Trafalgar Square), 1999
  • How to get a New Life, Anna Elsey, Anna Coombes, (BBC Books), 2004
  • Inside the 3rd World: The Anatomy of Poverty, Paul Harrison, (Penguin Books), 1993
  • Le Monde n’est pas une Marchandise, Jose Bore, Francoise Dufour, (Pocket), 1994
  • Man-Made Futures: Reading in Society Technology and Design, in The International Journal of Environmental Studies, Vol 16, Roger Hadley, (Gorden and Breach), 1980
  • News for Babylon: The Chatto Book of West Indian-British Poetry, James Berry eds, (Chatto and Windus), 1984
  • Nicaragua: The Threat of a Good Example?, Dianna Melrose, (Oxfam), 1995
  • No Nonsense Guide to Animal Rights, Catharine Grant, (New Internationalist Press), 2006
  • Out of the Nuclear Shadow, Smitu Kothari, Zia Mian, (Zed Books), 2001
  • Over our Dead Bodies: Women Against the Bomb, Dorothy Thompson, (Virago), 1983
  • Perma-Culture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture, Bill Mollison, (Tagari Publications), 1979
  • Political Animals, New Internationalist, (New Internationalist Press), 2007
  • Poverty and The Planet: A Question of Survival, Ben Jackson, World Development Movement, (Penguin), 1994
  • Principles of Horticulture, ?
  • Prolonging the Agony: Human Cost Law, in Human Rights Internet Reporter, Vol. 12, (Human Rights Internet), 1987
  • Readers Digest: Complete Guide to Gardening: Season by Season, (Readers Digest), 2004
  • Road Raging: Top tips for Wrecking Road Building, Road Alert!, (Road Alert!), 1997
  • The Complete Book of the Greenhouse, Ian G. Walls, A. G. Channon, R. A. Martin, R. A. Martin (B. Sc.), J. W. Newbold, (Ward Lock), 1996
  • The Death Of Deterrence: Consequences of the Nuclear Arms Race, Malcolm Dando, Paul Rogers, (CND Publications), 1984
  • The Dodo, the Auk and the Oryx: Vanished and Vanishing Creatures, Robert Silverburg, (Puffin Books), 1974
  • The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Climates: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Countries, Patrick Whitefield, (Permanent Publications), 2004
  • The Globalization Myth, Alan Shipman, (Icon Books Ltd; Reprint Edition), 2002
  • The Good Shopping Guide: Your Guide to Shopping with a Clear Conscience, in Labour Research, Vol. 93, ( Labour Research Department), 2004
  • The Green Fuse, John Button eds, (Quartet Books), 1990
  • The Greenpeace Chronicle, Robert Hunter, (Pan Macmillan), 1980
  • The Nuclear Numbers Game: Understanding the Statistics Behind the Bomb, Radical Statistics Nuclear Disarmament Group, (Radical Statistics), 1982
  • The Peace Pack, New Internationalist, (New Internationalist Press), 1983
  • The State is your Enemy: Selections from the Anarchist journal ‘Freedom’ 1965-86, Freedom Press Staff eds, (Freedom Press), 1991
  • The Strangest Star: A Scientific Account of the Birth and Death of the Sun, John. R. Gribbin, (Athlone Press), 1980
  • The Triple Struggle: Latin American Peasant Women, Audrey Bronstein, (South End Press), 1983
  • The Vegetable Garden Displayed, Royal Horticultural Society, (G. Bles), 1961
  • Urban Eden, Adam and James Caplin, (Kyle Cathie), 2000
  • Vegetable Gardening Made Easy, in Country Life, Vol 130, Collins, 1961

Magazines and Zines

  • Co-operative Values: Make a Difference
  • Co-operatives and Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Sri Lanka and Tanzania
  • Ethical Consumer, Sep/Oct 2009
  • Food Safety First Principles, Claire Nash
  • Going Greener: Creating Transition Communities, An Action Guide, 2007
  • Hiv/Aids and Co-operatives
  • How the Syndicoop Approach has Worked in East Africa
  • Lippy: The Privacy Issue, Winter 2009
  • New Internationalist: Jun 2009, Jul/Aug 2009, Sep 2009, Oct 2009, Jan/Feb 2010, Apr 2010, May 2010, Jun 2010, Jul/Aug 2010, Sep 2010, Oct 2010, Nov 2010, Dec 2010, Jan/Feb 2011
  • New Scientist, Jan 2011
  • No Comment: The Defendants Guide to Arrest
  • Off the Hoof: For Veggies, Vegans and Meat Eaters Everywhere
  • Robert Owen: Utopian Realist
  • Sustained: Small Change – Big Difference
  • The Ancient World – China
  • The Cooks Garden Planner: Grow your own Vegetables and taste the difference!
  • Welcome to our World Companion, Slow Food
  • Workers Co-operatives and the Phenomenon of the ‘Empresas Recuperadas’ in Argentina: an Analysis of their Potential for Replication

‘Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming’

The Centre for Canadian Studies and the School of Earth and Environment , both of the University of Leeds, present ‘Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming’, a lecture on both the history and the future of the science of global warming. The acclaimed Canadian scientist and author, Dr. Andrew Weaver, will explore how international policy, media portrayal and technological solutions can all impact climate change, ultimately asking how modern society can turn the challenge of global warming to potential creativity and innovation. The lecture will take place on Monday, 31st October, 5pm-7pm.  It will be held in Seminar Room 8.119, at the School of Earth and Environment, and will be followed by a drinks reception. For more information about the event, please email  Christine at
You can register at, or by emailing

Andrew Weaver is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American   Meteorological Society and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He is the author of Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World  (Penguin Canada, 2008) and Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming (Orca Books, 2011). He has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed papers in climate, meteorology, oceanography, earth science, policy, education and anthropology journals. He was a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd and 4th scientific assessments and is also a Lead Author in the ongoing 5th UN scientific assessment.