It’s been just over 7 weeks since I joined People & Planet as their Climate Change Campaigns and Communications intern, and I’ve finally got round to writing my first blog. It’s not been for the lack of trying, but we’ve just been super busy in office getting ready for Freshers! It wasn’t until I broke my collar bone last week that I’ve had chance to sit down and get on with it.
Moving to a new town, starting a new job and leaving friends and family behind can be pretty daunting, but one of the most unexpected things about the last month or so has been the amount of support and training we’ve been given. Whether it’s learning about liberation in the activist movement, being taught how to be a media pro by the Guardian or getting a chance to make our own campaign videos, myself and the other 4 interns have practiced pretty much every skill we’re going to need this year. It’s been great to hear from experts in the NGO field about how they’ve been successful in their campaigns, and to have space to think about how we can apply this to what we do at People & Planet.
The training has only been half the story, and now we’ve got to put it into practice. Launching the Fossil Free campaign has meant a busy summer for the team. Phoebe (my awesome manager) and I have been busy writing all the materials you’ll need to run a successful campaign on your campus, from template ethical investment policies to our shiny 25 page action guide. All of our materials are in our Freshers packs which have been sent out to groups, and our campaign pack which we’ll be sending out in October. If you haven’t got your hands on one yet, make sure you get in touch.
We’re not just sending you awesome materials, we’re also coming to see you! This year everyone in the People & Planet office will be out and about visiting groups freshers’ fairs, and helping you attract lots of interested new students. I’ll even try and make it to a few with my sling.
Something that has really become apparent since I started is that the People & Planet office would useless without our network, and it’s awesome and inspiring students that really make our campaigns great. At the moment we’re looking for Fossil Free Volunteers, so if you want to get involved the campaign on a national level, get in touch!
You’ve probably heard of the Fossil Free tour by now, and it’s what i’m most looking forward to in the coming months. The tour features Bill McKibben (350.org) and Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International Executive Director) as well as student and faith group activists and is the official launch of the Fossil Free UK campaign. Each night sees a 2 -3 hour interactive show featuring our special guest speakers, live music and the sharing of inspirational stories. We’re traveling from Edinburgh to London, stopping at Birmingham in between and Phoebe and I are busy making sure everything is in place for the 29th October, which is when it all kicks off. I’m currently getting in touch with all our partners and student groups, spreading the word and making sure everyone hears about it. So why not give me a hand and tell your friends once you’ve finished reading this!
The last 7 weeks have been a whirlwind, but for all the right reasons. I’ve learnt lots of new skills, made some awesome friends, and I really feel like part of the People & Planet team. There’s lots more to be done, so I better get back to it!