OPIRG aims to give students and the community access to opportunities to come together to learn, share, and take action related to issues in the public interest. OPIRG supports and facilitates skills development workshops and webinars that reflect the needs of our student projects, as well as bringing in guests and relevant films on issues of interest to the wider campus community.
The garden is an open space for students, faculty, staff, and community members to access fresh produce and learn about gardening. Anyone is welcome to sign-up to volunteer at the garden, attend workshops, or drop by to pick some greens for decorating their lunch.
Power Your Passion Skills Development
This activist skills development series helps students and community members prepare to take effective action on issues in the public interest. Training is provided by community members on a variety of topics, from consensus decision-making to publicity and promotions and much more.
Film and Speaker Series
OPIRG hosts film screenings to bring issues to light and to support the work of our Public Interest Projects, and we invite guest speakers to educate about current issues related to the public interest.
Annual Fair Trade Festival
OPIRG Hosts an annual Fair Trade Festival on campus. The event features fair trade vendors, local artisans, educational displays and a fair trade speaker.
“Fair Trade is not a charity, it is a form of international cooperation in which the North and South can work together to promote a better future.”
– Campesino Committee of the Highlands, Guatemala
The OPIRG Book Club fund supports book clubs at McMaster that discuss themes of social justice and environmentalism. Funding is open to all book clubs led by members of OPIRG McMaster (full-time undergrads who have not opted out of the OPIRG fee)
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Taking action to reduce the amount of plastic making its way into the waste stream and the natural environment. During the summer of 2019 our Eco Campaign coordinator Gloria Ko worked to design a campaign to introduce structural changes that would limit the ways manufacturers use single-use plastics.