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Giving Back

"I joined Sustainable Merton in July 2018 after returning home to Merton from University. It was through researching the impacts of chemical industries that I first encountered the issue of ocean plastic.
From there my eyes were opened to all the other environmental challenges we are facing. I joined Sustainable Merton as a way of continuing my learning and to start making a positive impact.

I became a Community Champion, which is something anyone can do, no matter what your skills are or how much time you have to give. The role is really flexible and varied and some of the things I have done include: writing blog articles and book reviews for the e-news; discussing plastic waste with local businesses and attending a session at Parliament to feedback to Sustainable Merton. But you can really make the role what you want!

In November I attended an air quality event at City Hall held by the London Mayor and the London Sustainability Exchange charity. I discovered the charity were looking for Project Volunteers and began working with them in January and the following month I successfully applied for a paid position. I now lead the air quality project, running workshops with experiments in Surrey schools as well as working on energy projects tackling fuel poverty.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting like-minded people through Sustainable Merton, attending events to learn more about environmental issues and am very grateful for their help in starting my career in sustainability. I’m looking forward to continuing giving back to Merton, a community which has given me so much already!"

Rachel Swiatek

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