Monday, 16 April 2018

AGM - Annual General Meeting

Coordinator's Report
At the 2017-2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), Shaun highlighted our activities and successes over the past year. See below for the report.

Election of Officers
The election of officers for 2018-2019 are:
  • Coordinator – Shaun re-elected.
  • Website and Facebook - Shaun re-elected.
  • Treasurer – Liddy re-elected.
  • Richard was elected as Local Group Chair.
  • National FoE had asked who was managing the Twitter account and Miriam offered to take on social media activity until a more local lead could be identified.  
Accounts
Liddy presented the accounts. If you would like a copy then please get in touch. see the contacts page.

Campaign priorities for 2018-2019
Air pollution has been less a priority with less steer from FoE nationally but there will be a national Day of Action later in the year we could support with a “one-off” event.

Plastics campaigning could be done in collaboration with Plastics Free Project which has 1000+ members and in developing a positive and focused campaign. Next steps would include supporting businesses to reduce plastics use and Charlotte’s group have many ideas for specifically targeting local cafes to help them to reduce their use of plastic e.g. straws or takeaway containers. There is for the local group potential to support strategy development and look for whether FoE nationally will have useful resources.

2017 - 2018 Yearly Review
April 2017 - April 2018 has been a busy year for the group. Here is a list of the highlights from the year. 

Roles
  • John stepped down as the coordinator and Shaun took on the role. Shaun continued with the roles of updating the website and facebook.
  • Liddy agreed to continue as our treasurer.
Air Pollution
  • Had articles published in The Star (front page) and the Yorkshire Post.
  • Contacted by Sky News for an interview.
  • Pollution monitoring with the University of Sheffield.
  • Contacted MPs and councillors about air pollution.
  • Organised the Festival of Debate Air pollution: The Silent Killer Debate.
  • Took part in the Midland Mainline electrification stunt.

Fracking
  • Organised an anti-fracking rally in city centre (October).
  • Worked with national Friends of the Earth to put on the “Robin Hood vs The Frackers” street theatre.
  • Worked with other local and regional anti-fracking groups.
  • Anti-fracking articles were published in The Star.
  • Organised a Skip Fossil Fuel stunt outside Weston Park Museum.
  • Looked into the issues with treating fracking water at the Ecclesfield water treatment plan.
  • Organised an anti-fracking benefit Burns Night which raised nearly £1,000.
  • Had a networking lunch with Jessica Ernst who has been responsible for a long running legal campaign in Canada.
  • Organised two training workshops regarding legal issues at fracking protests.
  • Richard gave a presentation on fracking to Fulwood Labour Party.


Food
  • Took part in a stall at the Sheffield Food Festival in the Winter Gardens.
Other Campaigns
  • Worked with Museums Sheffield for a history of activism project.
Events
  • Took part in Zero Carbon Yorkshire – CAT.
  • Ran a stall at the Peace and Craft Fair.
  • Attended Base Camp Conference.
  • Advertised free films on-line.
  • Organised a stall at the Light Cinema on the Moor
  • Held our AGM.
  • Beatrice - talked to scouts about environmental issues.
  • Tamara attended the Sheffield Renewables AGM.
Media
  • Air pollution and fracking articles in the local media.
  • Media training.
Social
  • Watched the Al Gore film "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power".
  • Christmas meal and social.
Other Things
  • Created an on-line shop selling eco-friendly clothes.
  • Updated Facebook and our website.
  • Respond to letters and requests from the public.
  • Group development work.
2018 - 2019
Hopefully the new year of campaigning will see many more people getting involved and we’ll achieve many more success stories. Our success is 100% a result of the volunteers giving up a bit of their time to make a difference.