GA Minutes 24/10/2012

Green Action Meeting 24/10/2012

Feedback from Apple Day: It went very well! Would be great for more people to check it out next year as it’s a great event. We owe Sky money for muffins.

Sheffield Uni are interested in a co-op skill-share day. We’re up for hosting a workshop day, we hosted one the other year when Glasgow wanted to set up; it was a really nice day. Definitely energy for doing another, and enlisting help from members from previous years to help. Action Point:  wait for Sheffield to contact us.

Veg Boxes: Please be aware of people taking the incorrect box! Ask for their name and check they’ve taken the right box (some people request certain things i.e. no potatoes, or European).

Books going missing: sometimes the book you need is not in the co-op (e.g. veg box or personal order). If it’s missing, either ask the enquiring member to return later, or write it on a piece of paper and ideally put the paper in the MESSAGES book, or (if the messages book is missing….) SELLOTAPED somewhere REALLY OBVIOUS.

Next Meeting – Let’s watch a film after the meeting! We’ll screen Just Do It after the next meeting. AP: someone (Alice?) make a DOOOODLE for the next meeting.

Permanent Meeting – DOOOOODLE for permanent meeting time and location.

Skipping Workshop: Going to have two different sorts of workshops, one this term – an introduction to skipping, talking through etiquette, security, etc. going to one skip (DFS?)

Then next term, potentially READY, STEADY, SKIP! A more elaborate event involving skipping for lots of food, then gathering to cook it together! AP: Doodle for Skipping intro this term (Joey?)

Campaigns: continuing thinking about visual campaigns on awareness raising of environmental n ethical impact of diet….

Joining forces with People & Planet, Oxfam Grow, Vegetarian Society to get a bi-monthly (?) get together with films and discussions, alongside a campaign campaign?

AP: Alice and Hannah to talk with P&P to discuss first meeting, someone (Val?) email Oxfam and Veggies with details?

Give It A Go: proposal submitted by Rowan, selecting Food Inc. as our film, if anyone objects, or has a better idea, we need to change it by 16th November.

We’ve got an exciting new blackboard!

BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug ?

Discussion on whether we can facilitate tea and coffee drinking at the co-op; selling tea bags n coffee per cup, inviting people to bring their own mug. – decided it would be too hectic/dangerous to have a kettle in the co-op, or even just outside it, but that we could sell individual tea bags, and we want to ask the Union to provide kettles/boiling water in the lounge area, next to the microwave.

Hannah has spoken to Charlie, there is already a boiling water tap above the sink, if we want to get it more regularly filled up, we should contact the union using the ‘Your Comments’ section on the first page of the union website

AP: EVERYONE contact the Union through the form and put out tea bags on their shift, marked with price per bag, make a sign encouraging people to bring their own mug.


You can cash induct yourself by going to the LUU site and clicking on clubs and societies and then cash inductions.

When inducting new people to the co-op, encourage them to do a cash induction, and remind them that we can’t have too much money in the till – when it starts building up, someone needs to cash it in at the cash office

AP: Saul to do general Green Action Accounts Induction including how to do accounts with Goosemoor and Lembas

How much money do we have? – Anyone can do this by emailing the Cash office or by going to the Cash Office upstairs in the Union

AP: Saul to check GA bank accounts – how much do we have?

Allotment: 1-4pm TODAY Leafy fun

Need money for: Flasks, Seeds,

Agreed yes for money, seeds will be organic, unless it’s more than 2.5 times the price of non-organic, and will be as local as poss, all things considered.

Money for tea towels/ gloves? For messy things in the coop

Fine – if people have spare tea towels at home, bring ‘em in!

Stale cake/pasties – If you know the food’s been there for a while, check whether it’s fit for consumption, if it’s stale, then just ask people to give donations, instead of asking for full price. Need to be aware if we’re giving away too much – should we cut down on amount of cake and pasties we order?

AP: EVERYONE be aware of how much we’re giving away, to potentially change our order

Human Rights Stall – It’s Human Rights Week 26th November, Green Action have a stall on the Environmental Rights day, Thursday 29th November. We’ll discuss what we’ll have on the stall (outside in marquee on grass) at the next meeting,

AP: EVERYONE think of good ideas to have on the stall


Big discussion started over how we communicate in the time between meetings. Arguments for and against Facebook – didn’t have enough time to fully go through it all. For the moment, try using what we’ve got more efficiently, potentially try using Crabgrass (activist forum), need to start using the website properly again

AP: Hannah/Luky/Sky/Nikolai to discuss editing the website etc.

I had another idea for communications – we have 3 email lists; Green Action, Food Co-op, and Allotment. We’re currently only using one. Email lists can be a great way to have discussions, away from the prying eyes and advertising of Facebook. The Green Action list has quite a lot of traffic on it at the moment, we could reduce this by moving all discussion based emails to the Food Coop list. Saving Green Action for Announcements. This way, when new people sign up to the list, they’re not bombarded with emails.

If you think this could work, then sign yourself up to the food coop list by going here

and let’s get discussing!!!

We’ll review these different methods next meeting.



STAR Bike Project GIAG:

Come along to the Velo Campus 3pm – 5pm to learn how to fix up a bike.

STAR Bike Project fixes bikes and provides them to Asylum Seekers


Reclaim the Streets – ON BIKE!

We are not blocking traffic – We ARE traffic!

Meet 5.30pm Millenium Square to set off on a ride around town with fellow cyclists,

Hallowe’en themed!



A great event hosted by TIDAL Leeds, looking at the development of the environmental activist movement over the years, analysing where we are now, deciding where to go next! Loads of great discussions and workshops throughout the day.

Unfortunately it’s now too late to book the lunch, so bring your own please!

it'll be at the Swarthmore Centre

2-7 Woodhouse Square


GA Minutes 10/10/12


Green Action Meeting 10/10/12


(This is the first time I've done the minutes if anyone has any constructive criticism it would be most welcome!)



-There is some concern about the general lack of volunteers to open the shop

-To solve this:

-advertise induction sessions: friday 11th oct 2-4, tuesday 16th oct 12-2

-put a sign on the shutter when closed letting people know how volunteering works

-Saul to make poster

-get involved with Leeds student society of the week

-Rowan to email


Give It A Go

-We are putting in an application for a give it a go session in semester 2

-A film night on 6th Feb in Common room (opposite hidden cafe)

-Rowan to send application

-With food (type to be decided on)

-Film to be decided on, options:

-story of stuff

-just do it

-our daily bread



-Food inc.


Apple Day

-We are going to have a stall selling some of the food from the co-op at apple day (heart centre 20th October), they have requested good food for kids as we will be near the kids area. Val organising but need some more helpers to man the stall and possibly help take stock up.

-Rowan and Freya offered a couple of hours (also some others but didn't get names sorry!)


Part Time Vegetarian

-We would like to start a campaign to raise awareness for meat free diets in the hope that if an idea similar to meat free Mondays came up in the referendum it would be more successful.

-Ideas-make information leaflet with vegan recipes incl ingredients available from the co-op (plus prices) to send out to all the halls of residence

-visual representation of amount of grain eaten by farmed animals



To start monthly allotment days

-Val and Luke to chose a sunday


That Old Chestnut -Cake

-We do still want cake!

-Val will ring and rearrange deliveries to Tuesdays


Consensus Training

-Now free from Seeds for Change, need about 15 people to attend

-Provisional date 25th November  


Basically we will be having a social! While weeding & turning the soil 🙂 We'll be showing people around the plot and we'll also choose together what to sow this autumn/next spring & where.

Later on in the afternoon there will be a small bbq if it's not raining, so please bring along some food if you can! I'll be bringing some veggie burgers and vegetables anyway, but we might run out if there are quite a few people. Also, I will be taking my barbecue grill but it's a wee bit small, so if any one has a bbq they can lend us for the day, please let me know, send me an email to or give me a call.

First of all when we talk about  'Hyde Park' we mean what Google Maps actually calls Woodhouse Moor (in case any of you in their first year are not already aware). There are 2 allotments in Hyde Park, one is almost bordering the tennis courts (marked no.2 in the map), we're in the other one (no.1). The entrance you want to come to is indicated by the arrow. Let us know if you have problems finding it, or give us a ring in case you get lost on the day:

Luke: 07542437755
Val: 07826715566

The allotment gate will be open from 2pm at least for a while, so that we don't have to go back and forth all the time, and this should make things easier for you as well as you can simply walk in. Coming in from the entrance marked on the map, keep walking down the path and the Green Action allotment is one of the first ones on your left. You won't miss it because we'll be there digging so we'll see you walking past.

Hope your first/second week is going well! And of course hope to see you there this Fri 🙂

PS – Because the soil really needs some work, unless The Empyrean decides to inflict heavy showers or a thunderstorm on us, we are going down to the plot. So in case there is a bit of a drizzle and you're wondering whether it's worth to come along… it definitely is! And you will find us there 🙂

Crisis Opportunity?


No one believes this is working any more. The last few years have seen uprisings, occupations, riots and new alternatives. But where are we now? But where are we now? How are we responding in Leeds? Crisis Opportunity? will be a day of question: How can we thrive in a time of crisis? Where are the opportunities for resistance?  

Joining us for the day will be Nick Deardon (Guardian writer and director of Jubilee Debt Campaign), Keir Milburn (Lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at the University of Leicester and member of the Free Association) and many more! 

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G8 discussion

The G8 (heads of the eight most economically powerfully countries in the world) is meeting in the UK in June 2013. To many people these meetings are something to be opposed, and historically there have been large mobilisations to target them. With the next one being held here in the UK, people have started to think about how to organise to oppose it this time. This is an open meeting for people who live in and around Leeds to discuss whether we think we should be organising against the G8, and if so, what forms this should take…