3 causes which show how easy it is to become an activist

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Earlier this year The Green Gathering offered 20 free tickets to activists to say thank you for the work they’ve done fighting injustice across a whole range of issues. After receiving nominations from the community, we pulled names from a hat and offered tickets to some incredible activists – and you can see the causes they support here

We wanted to take a more in depth look at some of these campaigns – so here are three which we think demonstrate how anyone can get involved in the causes they care about.

Just Stop Oil

Many groups join together for a single cause in this coalition, which has a simple goal: ensure governments allow no new fossil fuel projects. 

“If governments are serious about the climate crisis, there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now – from this year.” Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, 18th May 2021.

Got time for a long read? This Guardian article describes carbon bombs and the less publicised projects that large corporations are implementing – which will leave current aims to limit warming to 1.5 degrees in tatters. 

Basically, new fossil fuel sources? Just don’t go there. Simple.

They’re very active, and we’ll be giving them a platform in the Speakers’ Forum and at the new 3.5% Bar at the festival.

Get involved

Join a Zoom session, held every Tuesday at 7pm, to find out more about what you can do.

Nanashire

If you think activism is one of those things you should have gotten involved with, but missed your chance – then think again. Nanashire is a group of all shapes, ages and genders who campaign on various issues with a general ethos of care.

They do an incredible job of proving we CAN WIN! The Nanas were by no means the only people involved in putting an end to fracking in the UK but they were super active on all fronts – occupying fracking sites, demonstrating outside Downing Street, holding public meetings, persuading councils not to back fracking and more.

They wear bright yellow costumes often complete with headscarves, pour tea, bake cake and ask the public to honk for support. It’s hard to hate on someone dressed like your nan and waving at your car isn’t it? Genius.

You can find out more about them and one of their co-founders Tina Rothery in this article.

Get involved

Anyone can become a Nana! Check it out here.

Refugee Community Kitchen

Providing hot meals and nourishing food to those seeking refuge in Calais since 2015, and homeless people in London and Edinburgh since 2016.

These lot are, quite simply, relentless – in the best way. They don’t stop, they treat everyone with respect, and they even somehow find time to share great recipes

Get involved

  • Go to Calais and support the kitchen – chefs, washer uppers, stirrers, drivers – you’ll be able to help somehow, even if you don’t consider yourself a whizz in the kitchen.
  • UK Outreach – there are now 6 different locations you can help at
  • They sell fab organic cotton hoodies (and other cool merch) with all profits going to buy food and support RCK operations