Green Careers Policy

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Green Careers Policy
Timescale 1 year
Applicable to School Student, University Student, Researcher
Impact Local
Price

Overview

At UK universities, students and staff are campaigning to end recruitment relationships between the universities and oil, gas and mining industries.


Goals

Refuse all new relationships with oil, gas and mining companies.

Decline to renew any current relationships with oil, gas and mining companies after the contractually obligated period ends.

Adopt a publicly available Ethical Careers Policy that explicitly excludes oil, gas and mining companies from recruitment opportunities.

Timeline

1) Introduce campaign and encourage people to join

2) Have first meeting, explaining about the campaign. Brainstorming ideas. Meetings continue weekly.

3) Online workshop with campaign coordinator.

4) Start and circulate a petition.

5) Submit SU motion and attend student council.

6) Prepare for any upcoming protests or strikes.

7) Organise and prepare for meeting with University Careers Service.

8) Plan for potential actions if progress cannot be made through official channels.

Longer description

1) Introduce campaign and encourage people to join- promote in public spaces like society fairs and posters in libraries as well as leafletting outside busy Uni buildings.

2) Have first meeting, explaining about the campaign. Brainstorming ideas. Meetings continue weekly- Set up communication channels with all those interested as well as polling for decide the best meeting time. Once decided, book a regular room. At the meetings someone is designated to take minutes so everyone's ideas are noted for future reference. Meetings are not always large at first, but can continue promoting throughout the campaign to raise awareness and encourage more people to join.

3) Online workshop with campaign coordinator.

4) Start and circulate a petition- best done by sending to similar local organisations so they can also publicise it.

5) Submit SU motion and attend student council- use templates provided to submit and read the minutes of previous student council meetings to prepare for format of presenting the motion. Practice debating the motion for any questions that come up.

6) Prepare for any upcoming protests or strikes- make posters and banners.

7) Organise and prepare for meeting with University Careers Service- find the name and contact of the person in charge, and email to arrange a meeting. Do a practice run to ensure everyone knows all the details of the campaign, and prepare answers for any potential counterarguments.

8) Plan for potential actions if progress cannot be made through official channels- look up official lists of upcoming careers events and the participants. Discuss as a group the best actions to take and contact other local groups who might be willing to participate in a protest. Take photos of any protests.

Tips/Comments

Try to work both through official channels and more activist approaches. Contact and engage with other similar organisations. Enjoy the process and learn as you go!

Links

Digital Organising Guide

Fundraising Guide

Fossil Free Careers Intro Guide

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Email: bristol.peopleandplanet@gmail.com