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AUGUST NEWSLETTER
An update from our CEO
The phrases "Giving Back", "Social Capital" and "Volunteering" are common terms - and they often mean different things to different people. In this newsletter, we share with you some varied and amazing stories of people from the younger generation who are getting involved in their local community and spreading the word about issues they feel passionate about to improve and protect our environment.

Right now, the climate crisis is, rightfully so, at the top of the agenda, and I hope their stories inspire you to get involved. You can join us as a Community Champion, as a local Street Champion, or just let us know what you are interested in, and we will point you in the right direction. As a small charity we rely on your support too and we are pleased to announce that you can now join us or donate online via our website.

We were delighted with Merton Council's decision last month to declare a Climate Emergency for the borough and will be involved in their action planning in the month's ahead. If you would like to be part of that Action Group, read more here.

Diana Sterck
 
CLIMATE ACTION
Inspiring Merton's young climate champions
With 16-year-old activist Greta Thurberg leading the way, young people are stepping up to be part of the solution to the climate crisis, and the movement is growing in Merton.

As part of our work to engage, inspire and educate our younger residents to understand, care for, and protect our planet, Community Champion Ben visited three local primary schools to deliver assemblies covering the basics of climate science, the impacts of the climate crisis and practical actions we can take...
READ BEN'S BLOG
The Time is Now! 

On 26th June, Isabelle joined over 10,000 people taking part in a mass lobby at Westminster to tell our politicians "The Time Is Now!" to end our contribution to the climate crisis.

In her blog, she tells us more about the event and how you can help strengthen the Government's Environment Bill.
READ ISABELLE'S BLOG
WASTE
EXXpedition 2019: Azores to Antigua
In October 2019, Yanika will be joining the eXXpedition crew for an an all-female, three week voyage across the Atlantic, passing through the infamous Great Atlantic Garbage Patch, to tackle plastic pollution via citizen science and scientific research. Follow Yanika's inspiring story and find out how you can support her!
READ YANIKA'S BLOG
My Plastic Free July

Plastic-free is not always easy but many of us are giving it our best shot to beat plastic pollution and protect our oceans.

In her blog, Jo shares her honest experiences of this year's Plastic Free July, reflecting on her successes and the challenges that came to light.
READ JO'S BLOG
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
VOLUNTEER
Join us as a Community Champion to spread the word about what we can each do to improve our environment and protect our planet for the future. 

Find out more and register
BECOME A MEMBER
Be part of Merton's leading environmental charity for an annual membership fee of just £10. Connect with like-minded people, support our work and be part of the solution.
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DONATE
As a small charity with big ambitions, we rely on the generous one-off and regular donations from our valued supporters. The click of a button really will make a difference! Thank you.
We now accept donations via Paypal.
EVENTS
Pruning Workshop
Date: Saturday 31st August
Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: Mitcham Community Orchard, Fieldgate Lane CR4 3AL

Join the Mitcham Orchard team and The Orchard Project's Stephanie Irvine to learn more about fruit tree pruning during this practical workshop.

Places limited, so book early!
Join the Green Conversation
Business Networking Event
Date: Wednesday 11th September 
Time: 9am - 10.30am
Location: Geeks Ltd., Apollo House, 66a London Rd, Morden SM4 5BE

Join businesses sharing best practice, ideas and plans to become more sustainable, and hear from Katie Halter (LBM Climate Change Officer) about Merton's new Climate Action Working Group. Find out more and book a place
Abundance Fruit Day
Date: Saturday 14th September
Time: 11am - 2.30pm
Location: St. Mark's Church, St Mark's Place, Wimbledon SW19 7ND

Don't miss Abundance Wimbledon's ever-popular annual fundraising and celebration event! Join us to support the great work the group does to prevent good food from going to waste.
Find out more here
Visit our website to find more events near you this month!
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