How you can get involved
You can support the campaign in many ways without coming to meetings, although you are very welcome to join us as well.
You might want to use your skills on a short project without having a long term commitment. You might have an idea that isn’t covered below. You might want to get on and do something yourself but need some support to do that.
We’re particularly keen to hear from people who live or work in Tameside. But we’d love to hear from anyone!
Things you could do:
- Subscribe to our mailing list by filling in this form, or email us
- Follow us on Twitter @FossilFreeGM
- Talk to friends or colleagues about this
- Ask your GM councillors to raise this issue in their council and with GMPF. Here is a template letter (pdf and Word versions) to your councillors that you can modify as you wish. (If one of your councillors is the council leader you’ll need to revise the letter, as it suggests that councillors write to their leader.) Find your councillors here (you will have three) or by going to your council’s website and looking them up. Most councillors have weekly surgeries where you can meet them. Challenge them about GMPF if you know they’ve made claims about GM’s environmental credibility.
- Ask your MP to support the campaign. Find your MP here or look them up online and go to one of their surgeries.
- If you’re a member of GMPF, write to them
- If you are a union member, please sign this petition from NW Unison’s climate emergency group.
- If your workplace pension is through GMPF, ask your management to push for divestment. You could get together with colleagues to do this. Fossil Free GM could come in to talk to staff or management about this. If you have a GMPF pension, your pension statements will have a Tameside Council letterhead (and there is a full list of GMPF employers in their annual report).
- If you’re a Labour Party member, raise this at your branch meeting
- Tell us what skills or interests you have. There are lots of things we need help with such as research, writing, social media, photography, film making, podcasting, lobbying and organising events.
- Come to our organising group meetings which are generally held on the second and fourth Monday. We meet online: email us and we’ll send you a link to join.