The UQ Greens club strives to provide a place on campus for supporters of the Queensland Greens to be politically engaged. We are welcoming to those who are new to politics and just want to find out more about the Greens movement, as well as those who are looking to make their time at UQ more meaningful by connecting with other young Greens supporters. We host social meetups and movie nights to give members opportunities to make friends. But we also push for political action by hosting forums with experienced guest speakers, connecting members to Greens campaigns across Brisbane, and supporting protests and student strikes.
The UQ Greens stand for progressive politics and social and environmental justice. We differentiate ourselves from other activist and environmental groups on campus by connecting students directly with Greens campaigns in inner Brisbane. Many of our members have doorknocked or flyered their local area for the Greens in the most recent election, so our social events are the perfect opportunity to meet passionate, like-minded people and to find out what volunteering for the Greens is really like.
The UQ Greens is also a campus-based club in its own right and supports various activist groups that campaign on student issues. We support the UQ divestment campaigns that are pushing for the university to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in renewable technologies. We resoundingly reject the racist ideology of the proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and the increasing corporatization of the university. We also acknowledge that the land on which UQ operates is stolen land, and we stand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the struggle for Treaty and Land Rights.
Like many young people involved in climate and social justice today, we recognise that to tackle the impending crises of our time, we need governments with the political will to completely transform our cooked economic system. Therefore, rather than urging our members to adopt slightly more eco-friendly individual lifestyle choices, this club is far more interested in empowering you to be part of electing more Greens to the government – or even running as a candidate yourself!
So sign up for the club online and check out our events on Facebook!