Friday 28 February 2014
Green Mary is the only student led environmental society here at QM. The society works closely with QM Sustainability and the SU to create activites and events to get people interested in environmental issues. Their work is less discussion based than other societies, as they primarily focus on getting students actively involved in sustainability within the university.
Go Green Week:
A recent example of their work was Go Green Week, which took place between 10 – 14 February 2014 around QM’s campuses. This week was created to make you ‘fall in love with your environment’ through a series of events, including a Meat Free Monday, a Student Switch off campaign within halls of residence and free security marking and safety advice for cyclists. On top of these events, Green Mary collected pledges from students and staff about how they can contribute to keeping QM environmentally friendly. Promises included taking shorter showers, reducing food waste, using recyclable coffee cups, reusing plastic shopping bags, quitting smoking, and cycling and walking more often.
Green Mary has a number of upcoming events as part of Fairtrade Fortnight at QM. They are holding a film screening of Marc and Neil Francis’ critically acclaimed documentary, Black Gold, to highlight the injustices within the coffee industry as one example of why Queen Mary’s Student Union (QMSU) chooses to support the Fairtrade industry where it can across campus venues. The film screening is scheduled for 28 February at 10.30 am – 12.00 pm in Blomeley Room 2.
As the message of Fairtrade Fortnight this year is to protect the banana industry, Green Mary will be holding a ‘banana dash’ on campus, where students can sign the petition to protect the price of bananas and in return receive a free Fairtrade banana! The date of the dash is unconfirmed but keep an eye out!
The society are also holding a conservation workshop with Shelley Rowley, a QM Alumnus, who runs ConserveMe, a charity organisation that engages young students about conservation and sustainability. The workshop is to create educational materials that engage students with the topics relating to conservation in a classroom setting. This event is open to those with an environmental science and geography background and those in biological/related sciences to get involved. They still have spaces open so just email Green Mary to get your name on the list! The workshop is set to take place on Wednesday 3 March at 3.30-5.00pm in Blomeley Room 2.
Words from the society’s President, Georgia Couch:
‘Students should get involved by participating in the activities that we hold, this way you can directly speak to one of the members to get more information. Currently, we are looking to recruit some enthusiastic, new members to take up some roles we have on the committee, which will be decided at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. This is a really good opportunity to be involved in a society that has the potential and resources to be going places! For example, earlier last year QM set up an allotment on campus and Green Mary was given a plot. Although it has been managed, we'd be looking for anyone who is a keen gardener who could help to manage our plot next year!’
Membership is currently £5 but is being reduced to £3 in the next academic year to encourage involvement from more students. If you would like to find out more about Green Mary, email them at email@example.com or visit their Facebook page to get involved!