Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Upcoming Event - Fairtrade Father Ted!

As part Fairtrade Fortnight 2008 the QUB Greens Society will be hosting 'Fairtrade Father Ted'. So if you want free fairtrade food, fairtrade coffee or fairtrade tea and also want abit of craic in the form of two Father Ted episodes feel free to come along! We will also be giving a short presentation on the merits of supporting Fairtrade and also abit of information on fairtrade fortnight.

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2008

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: QUB Students Union, Club Room 1, Third Floor

Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend!
For more information on Fairtrade visit http://www.fairtrade.ie/

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Sammy Goes Nuclear at the Greens!

The Young Greens Society at Queens University, Belfast today presented the Green Wash Award to DUP MLA Sammy Wilson for his pro-nuclear vision for Northern Ireland.

The Green Wash Award is annually presented to anyone who threatens the local environment.

Mark McCormick, from Downpatrick presented the award to Sammy Wilson at Stormont today (Tues 19th Feb, 11am) and asked the MLA: “Which Northern Ireland community does Sammy Wilson have in mind for a nuclear power plant?”

Mr. McCormick said: “I think it’s great that Sammy Wilson is actually recognizing that climate change is a problem, after all it is the single greatest issue facing society today. However what Sammy Wilson needs to realize, is that nuclear power is not the solution to the climate change problem. Even if nuclear power production was doubled by 2050, we would only see a five percent reduction in global green-house gases. This is less than one-tenth of the reductions scientists say we require in order to tackle the issue.”

Calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly Executive to support renewable energy instead of nuclear, Mr. McCormick said: “Renewable sources can provide all our necessary power. The untapped wind resources, north and south of the border, are equivalent to many times the total output of our current power suppliers. We could lead the way in Europe simply because of our geographical location. We should be following the example of Scotland who has ruled out nuclear and is fast becoming the most successful wind energy countries in Europe.”

Asking Sammy Wilson to look at the true meaning of sustainability, Mr. McCormick said: “Uranium used to power nuclear power stations is a depleting resource. Nuclear power producers in France already acknowledge that uranium is a vastly depleting resource and could disappear by the middle of the century.”

The Greens at Queens said: “By indorsing nuclear power Sammy Wilson is not solving the problem for future generations. He is instead distracting us from implementing the real solution in the form of clean, green, sustainable energy.”

Mr. McCormick also presented Sammy Wilson with the Green Party document entitled, Previous Generation, ten reasons why nuclear power makes no sense for Ireland.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

John Barry talk + Movie screening

This Thursday the QUB Greens will be hosting a short talk by Dr John Barry, Co-Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, entitled "What is Green Politics?" This is intended to be an interesting explanation of Green Politics for the uninitiated - John is an entertaining and intelligent speaker and in a short speech he will outline the case for Green policies and how they are beneficial to both people and planet - how they hold the key to prosperity without costing the earth.

Following John's speech we will be screening the short film "Heavy Water - A film for Chernobyl," which tells the story of the worst nuclear disaster in human history through the eyes of the people that were there - the unprepared, ordinary firemen who were first on the scene, the nuclear plant technicians, the soldiers, and their families.

Both these events will take place in Club Room 1, on the top floor of the Students Union, on Thursday 7th Feb, 3pm - 4pm - admission is free - bring a friend!