Championing a sustainable way of life in Merton
Sustainable Merton's Community Champions are local, passionate people who volunteer their time to help make Merton a greener, cleaner and healthier place to live, now and for the next generation. They are people who not only care but want to do something about it.
Community action - by the community for the benefit of the whole community - is a powerful way to improve our environment and inspire others to join us so that we can all be part of the solution to local issues around Waste, Air Quality, Energy and Food.
If we each make small changes, it adds up to a big impact.
Could you be a Community Champion?
We are looking for more volunteers – of all backgrounds and experience, to join Sustainable Merton's growing team of Community Champions.
As a Community Champion, you will work within your community to encourage residents to live more sustainably for the benefit of themselves, their children, and the environment.
You will have the opportunity to:
get involved with a variety of exciting sustainability focused activities
learn about a wide range of issues and initiatives relating to energy, waste, air quality, and food
meet local, like-minded people
develop employable skills
make a positive difference in your community
Our activities include: litter picks, community gardening, working with local schools, Refill Merton tackling plastic pollution, promoting active transport, distributing food at our Community Fridge to address food poverty and waste, leading Web Chats, writing blogs, and engaging with community groups and local businesses to encourage behaviour change.
Whatever skill you'd like to share, whatever challenge you'd like to take on and whatever ideas you have, we are ready to listen and make it happen!
We're a team of volunteers who bring our enthusiasm and time to support Sustainable Merton's projects and campaigns and inspire other local residents and businesses to get on board!
Emma Rogers - Community Champion
MEET THE TEAM
I joined Sustainable Merton because I want to help drive sustainable change across the borough and inspire residents to make small changes to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Improving air quality and supporting cleaner transport modes are of particular interest to me, as well as encouraging people to recognise their waste consumption and make small swaps, such as purchasing a reusable coffee flask. I am excited to work with new people with similar passions and make a positive difference.
I have become a Community Champion because I want to contribute to the work Sustainable Merton are doing to inspire a more sustainable lifestyle at a local level and learn how this can become a significant part of the bigger systemic change our society needs. I am keen to learn from and share ideas with other people about sustainability and I am particularly passionate about how these ideas can be translated into practical actions.
I joined Sustainable Merton because I am passionate about learning and contributing to durable change for our society. I am interested in reducing plastic use and finding better recycling ways, reducing carbon emissions and finding new ways of consuming that are respectful of our environment. I am keen to meet like minded people and try to spread awareness and contribute to a greener life.
I love volunteering with Sustainable Merton because it’s an opportunity to share great ideas and support a better relationship between people and the natural world. I enjoy hearing from and getting inspired by the other volunteers and members of the public. Forming a collective vision for a more environmentally sustainable society, and working out the myriad ways that this can be reached, is incredibly exciting. I’m keen to support emission reductions and clean, local energy generation within Merton. Sustainable transport provision, for pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport, is also really important to me.
I volunteer with Sustainable Merton they do great work to make Merton a better place for people and nature. I enjoy spending time with the wonderful team and meeting Merton residents from all walks of life. Oh, and Phipps Bridge Community Garden! I am passionate about the environment and protecting our natural world, and the power of community. Above all, here in Merton, I want to see less pollution and ever more people engaging in Sustainable Merton’s work.
Ellie started her journey as a Community Champion for Sustainable Merton and has since joined the team as Projects and Campaigns Coordinator. She has a degree in Geography and has recently become an associate member of IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). Ellie is passionate about raising awareness of environmental issues with individuals and businesses within our community, inspiring collaborative action at all levels to mitigate the impacts we have on our environment.
I joined Sustainable Merton to help improve our local area and beyond; to raise awareness of important issues and to meet friendly, like-minded people! I want to see a reduction of single use disposable items and a positive change in attitudes towards waste, litter and pollution that are damaging to our environments and marine life. I am passionate about increasing awareness and action on waste management, starting with reduced/better consumption, and helping people change small habits (such as using a reusable bottle) that can make a real difference and also save you money!
I love living in Merton and want to do what I can to protect and improve our environment, on a local level and also larger level too. I enjoy learning from the other volunteers and using my illustration skills to help communicate to others how small everyday changes can really make a difference. I am passionate about reducing single use plastic and reducing our carbon emissions. It would be fantastic for Merton to really get to grips with reducing waste and emissions, and for this to inspire other areas too.
I have recently moved back to Merton and am keen to help make the borough a more sustainable place! I am passionate about climate change, food and plastic waste and want to see long-term shifts towards more sustainable behaviours in Merton and beyond. Locally, I am keen to help spread the message about what we can do where we live to help the environment. I love meeting new people and sharing ideas with others who are passionate about making our community a better place to live.
I have joined Sustainable Merton as I believe that building strong community ties and promoting a sustainable lifestyle are inseparable goals. With a background in Philosophy, I am particularly interested in how community projects can inspire people to come to value nature and their local environment. I am also really interested in the connection between access to nature, social justice and mental health. I’m looking forward to becoming involved in Sustainable Merton’s various projects!
I joined Community Champions because I want to help reduce the waste in my Borough, which I have lived in for over 25 years, and to learn more about living a greener life in general. I have a lot of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude which I hope to put to good use as a Community Champion,
I am passionate about spreading awareness of taking personal responsibility for climate change and working together to teach people how to lead lower carbon lives. I like getting out and talking to members of the public, hearing what issues concern them, and learning what motivates them to take action. I want to see greater understanding of the causes of climate change and greater appreciation of how leading a lower carbon life can be really fulfilling and meaningful.
I joined Sustainable Merton because I want to help promote sustainable living within Merton and raise awareness about the challenges associated with climate change. I am particularly interested in reducing consumption across the borough and promoting renewable energy to help improve air quality and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. I am keen to learn and share ideas about sustainability from like minded people who want to see similar changes in Merton and beyond.
Gillian is a retired doctor who worked part time while bringing up her twin sons. She started a club for mothers of twins and is author of a self-help book All About Twins. She did voluntary work for Home Start Merton, Sustrans Cycling Campaign and the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons. She has a BA degree in Fine Art and is on the steering group of the Phipps Bridge Community Garden Project.
I love living in Merton and wanted to do my part to support the excellent work Sustainable Merton is doing in the community. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and learn more about sustainable living from other Champions and the Sustainable Merton team, as well as encouraging others to take action! I’m passionate about reducing waste, eliminating single-use items and working towards a zero-waste lifestyle. We don’t all have to be perfect 100% of the time, but if everyone were to take small steps towards reducing their consumption it would do wonders for the environment. Since joining Sustainable Merton I’ve also learnt lots about air quality and the little things we can all do to improve the air we breathe on a local and wider scale.
Wangari Maathai is one of my personal heroes as an African woman and after moving back to Merton I wanted to help improve my community. I think that it is so important to live as sustainably as possible and becoming a Community Champion allows me to do this. I am a “3rd culture kid “who has grown up all over and I have a background in working with refugees and in the arts; however, the environment is something that I have always been deeply passionate about and being part of Sustainable Merton is my small way of trying to effect change. More trees and more bees!
I joined Sustainable Merton to help promote more sustainable lifestyles in my borough. I have made significant changes to my own life to be greener and now wish to learn more and encourage others to do the same. The little things we all do individually can make a big difference collectively, and now is the best time to be making these changes. I am particularly interested in tackling food waste and food poverty, and I am excited to meet like-minded people and feel like a part of the community.
I have been trying to reduce single plastic use for some time now, this first tiny step led me to finally open my eyes to the wider problem. I’ve triggered some initiatives in my local primary school to encourage reuse, avoid landfill and raise awareness. I have recently set up a Facebook page for local mums to support each other to waste less and tackle the climate emergency.
Paola is a finance associate with over 10 years of experience in capital markets and real estate. She completed a MSc in Economics cum laude at University of Pisa. Paola is passionate about caring for the environment, using local, sustainably grown food and the promotion of sustainable lifestyle and habits. Before joining Sustainable Merton, she volunteered with Sutton Community Farm and the Wandle Trust. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband Piero and has recently completed the London Capital Ring Walk.
I became a Community Champion because I want to take my environmental efforts up a notch and help inspire others to do the same. I enjoy meeting and working with like-minded people and am passionate about making the small sustainable changes - because they can add up to a big difference. I want to see more water fountains and fewer plastic bottles in Merton!
I joined Sustainable Merton to, meet like-minded people who are passionate about the environment, and do what I can to help encourage awareness and action on local sustainability issues. I would love to see an overall more conscious approach to waste, litter, and consumption within or communities with people buying into a greener, fairer future for everybody. I am passionate about; both personal and collective action - big and small, reducing consumption, the circular economy, nature, making sustainable changes and always trying to learn more.
Uday has well-rounded experience of Investment Oversight, Risk Assurance, and Governance within the Financial Services industry. He believes that climate risk is investment risk. Uday is passionate about transitioning away from the present scale of climate risk and passing on to the next generation a legacy of environment that is diverse, has predictable weather/climate patterns and is safe.
I volunteer with Sustainable Merton because I want to see a real difference in how society approaches consumption today. In Oct 2019, I joined eXXpedition, an all-female sailing crew looking to tackle single-use plastic pollution. Sailing from the Azores to Antigua via the North Atlantic Gyre, we collected plastic samples to help us better understand the type of plastic found in our ocean. This will help us make better decisions and develop better policies to tackle single-use plastic pollution.
I joined Sustainable Merton because I strongly believe that change starts small, with each individual doing the best they can to tackle climate change. I am particularly interested in reducing single use plastic pollution, littering and food waste. I am also a keen cyclist and a filmmaker. I am excited to meet new, like-minded people, and work together for a sustainable future
I am keen to play an active part in making the environment a cleaner, fairer (for all species) and more sustainable place to live in. I am passionate about reducing water and food security risks, and, from an overall ecosystem point of view, debate which seeks to address the unequal balance we as a species have exerted on the earth's resources. I want to see a focus on utilising brownfield (versus greenfield) for the regeneration of neglected areas of Merton, alongside the focus being on apartment living, which is more sustainable and land-efficient. I would also love for Merton to lead the way on increasing circular economy practice.
I volunteer with Sustainable Merton because I want to put something back in the community and improve sustainable behaviours amongst the residents. I am passionate about recycling and reusing and want to see an incremental improvement in waste management, using clean renewable energy, and more care for the environment in Merton.
Stephanie works in Student Services at King's College London and has a long history of volunteering for different charities As part of its commitment to make the world a 'better, more sustainable and fairer place', King's College London offers its employees time out each year to participate in volunteering activities. Stephanie now plans to offer practical support to those who are most in need in the borough by getting involved as a 'Fridge Friend' for Merton's Community Fridge project, one of Sustainable Merton's many initiatives which help the local community, improve the environment and reduce food waste. She is excited about getting involved with Sustainable Merton, making a difference and meeting some like-minded volunteers!
I joined Sustainable Merton after taking part in this year's Great British Spring Clean. I felt that we all have a responsibility to look after our community and I was tired of seeing my estate in Phipps Bridge covered in litter. After seeing the difference that my litter picks were able to make, I decided I wanted to be part of an organisation that was bringing together like-minded individuals to create even greater environmental change. In the past, I kept telling myself ‘someone will deal with it' but then I realised I am someone. It’s not just up to the Council. We can all do our small bit to make a difference.
Sustainable Merton gives locals and Community Champion’s the opportunity to come together and collaborate bringing innovative ideas to the table to tackle a number of environmental issues Merton is currently facing.
I work in Merton in Waste, therefore, most of my time is spent here, so I thought why not get involved? I’d say my main focus is on trying to educate residents, businesses and communities to create long term behavioural changes, which doesn't just benefit the environment but also leads to money saving too! I'm passionate about the following waste streams; Food Waste, Textile Waste (Buy second hand), Nappy Waste, (Switch to reusable nappies), and encouraging plastic-free sustainable periods!