Start an eco-friendly space at the University of Glasgow
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Glasgow Uni Food Coop delivers delivers fresh and locally grown vegetables to students and the local community on a fortnightly basis, and supplies dried goods like rice and seeds, all for a very reasonable price.
The GU Food Coop has been through a rollercoaster of changing its trading address. Right now, the coop is operating from a small cupboard located in the Queen Margaret Union (QMU). Unfortunately, the committee was informed that this space will be taken away with the new QMU developments and the food coop will most likely be forced to close as of next semester. Currently, there are more than 50 members, and the coop is growing day by day but there isn't enough space to cater for everyone who wants to order locally grown produce and buy sustainable dried goods. If the food coop would expand, more people would be able to join. This would benefit the local economy, boost community building, contribute to waste reduction (reduce plastic pollution) and trigger environmental consciousness. Furthermore, it is a push for Glasgow University towards a higher standard regarding environmental awareness. This practice has been established at many other universities such as the University of Edinburgh, where environmental challenges are not only acknowledged, but tackled.
Right now, Glasgow University does not have a space for students running societies that promote environmental sustainability. The Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team (GUEST) has been trying push for an 'Eco-Hub' for over two years now. GUEST is a team of 12 students that work together towards a more eco-friendly campus. However, without an office space, they have difficulties storing their material (leaflets, banners, bike repair tools) and have difficulties securing rooms for meetings. GUEST believes that having a space dedicated to eco-friendly activities can bring measurable ecological and environmental impacts to the University of Glasgow, while also nurturing a culture of sustainability that has the potential to bring further benefits to the community. The eco-hub would not only be a space for the work of GUEST, but any university society that is concerned with environmental sustainability would be welcome to use this space.
The eco-hub would cater for activities such as:
- The Food Coop
- GUEST storage
- meeting space for eco-friendly societies
- Bike Hub (free bike repairs)
- Food Sharing
- Tool Library
- Clothes swap
- Book swap
- Team and community building
By signing this petition, you will support students at Glasgow University, who are demanding a green office space, for eco-friendly activities.
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