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Wednesday Web Chats

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

We are live!

Whilst we are physically distanced, we want to stay socially connected with the Merton community and keep the important conversations around sustainability and the Climate Emergency going. Through weekly virtual Zoom chats, we have created a space for all of us to connect, chat, share positive stories, and learn about a variety of topics, with guest speakers sharing their knowledge and practical sustainable actions.

How does it work?

Our Weekly Web Chats take place through Zoom video conferencing on Wednesday afternoons (usually starting at around 1 pm). Simply register to attend through our events page and you'll receive a confirmation email containing the link to join us on Zoom at the specified time. On the day of the event, grab a cuppa, make yourself comfy and click the link when we go live!

More Web Chats coming soon!

#17 Giki Zero: Your personal eco planner app

30th September 2020 (no video available)

Giki Zero will help you to understand, track and lighten your footprint on the planet. You’ll be able to find out what your carbon footprint is and then find steps to reduce it that suit your lifestyle and budget. In a demo with Co-Founder James Hand, we learnt about the new Teams feature which allows you to see how much impact you’re having together.

Find out more here and send an email to to join our team!

#16 Saving, sharing and making the most of surplus fruit

19th August 2020

Join Juliet Boyd, co-founder of Abundance Wimbledon to find out more about how this amazing local project is helping to stop surplus fruit from going to waste in Merton. Juliet shares the story of how the project began in 2011 and how it has grown thanks to the hard work and dedication of its wonderful volunteers.

#15 Decarbonisation of the UK gas network

(and what it means for the person in the street)

29th July 2020

Richard Inwards, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Summit Exploration and Production Ltd. presents a webinar on the future of power in the UK. Is Hydrogen the 'fuel of the future'? What does this mean for our energy system and how we power our homes? Tune in to learn more!

#14 How can we create the social solution to climate change?

22nd July 2020

In this Web Chat, we are joined by Harry Pardoe, founder of Snowball - a new climate action charity and online platform that seeks to empower and enable people from all around the world to come together and drive climate action in their day to day lives.

Tune in to learn more about the concept and let Harry know what you think by sending an email to

#13 'Kerb' the confusion: What can I recycle in Merton?

8th July 2020

"Can this be recycled?" THAT is the question! Merton resident and Waste Warrior, Alyson Elliott has created a document full of ideas and tips on where to recycle the items that can't go in your kerbside collection. In this Web Chat, she presents the document to Sustainable Merton supporters and asks for their ideas and feedback.

#12 How sustainable is working from home?

24th June 2020

With more of us working from, it's important to think about both the positives and negatives of home VS office as we adapt to a new way of working.

In this webinar, Community Champion Rachael Swiatek dives into the carbon footprint of working from home, the nuances and tips to save energy.

#11 How does skincare impact the planet?

17th June 2020

In this talk, Emma Rogers, Community Champion and Founder of Bambu Beauty, lifts the lid on the beauty industry's dirty secrets and helps you find ways to reduce your impact on the planet.

#10 Merton Council's Climate Action Plan

10th June 2020

In this Web Chat, Community Champion and member of Merton Council's Climate Emergency Working Group, Cecily shares the journey towards creating a Climate Action Plan for Merton so far and the plans in the near future.

#9 Why should you switch to reusable nappies for your baby's future?

3rd June 2020

Community Champion and reusable nappy campaigner Yasmin Redfern leads a presentation and discussion about all things reusable nappy related: from environmental impact to the health benefits of ditching disposables.

#8 Loving Earth Project: Caring for the world we love

27th May 2020

Linda Murgatroyd, clerk of the Quaker Arts Network and Founder of the Loving Earth Project tells us more about the community textile project and how it is helping people to engage creatively with the Climate Emergency without being overwhelmed.

If you want to learn more about the project and are interested in getting involved with creating a Merton-based set of panels, or helping to coordinate the project in your local area, please get in touch with Linda by sending an email to

#7 Engaging communities in local environmental action

20th May 2020

#6 Coronavirus and the Environment

13th May 2020

Blog coming soon!

#5 Circular Economy, Waste & Pre-Loved Clothes

6th May 2020

Sally Warren, Co-Founder of and member of Merton's Business Network for Climate Action joins us to discuss the impact of ski wear on the environment, challenges of the pre-loved market, and the future of the fashion circular economy.

Visit to find out more about the fantastic work this Merton based business is doing to help shape the future of the fashion circular economy and shop for pre-loved ski clothing.

#4 Sailing the ocean to beat plastic pollution

29th April 2020

Community Champion and eXXpedition crew member Yanika Borg shares the story of her incredible voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to research ocean plastic and how we can all be part of the solution.

Find out more about eXXpedition's pioneering all-female sailing research expeditions to investigate the causes of and solutions to ocean plastic pollution.

#3 Climate Justice and the Global Pandemic

22nd April 2020

Video coming soon!

#2 Plastic-Free Periods

15th April 2020

Community Champion and Women's Environmental Network Environmenstrual Ambassador, Yasmin shares her expertise in all things plastic-free periods, a chance to take a deep-dive into reusables at home, self-quarantine style.

Could you be an Environmenstrual Ambassador? Find out more about the Women's Environmental Network's campaign to make healthy, eco-friendly periods products available and how you can get involved.

#1 Giki Zero - Your personal eco planner app

26th March 2020

Co-Founder of Giki, James Hand tells us more about Giki Zero: a personal eco planner web app that will help you understand and reduce your environmental impact.

Find out more at


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