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Climate Action Group

Have you ever wanted to drive or support climate action in your local area, or develop a project to help tackle climate change? Find out more about how you can play your part in Merton's Climate Action Group here.

The purpose of Merton's Climate Action Group will be to develop community-led projects that reduce Merton's greenhouse gas emissions, where joint efforts are more effective than the actions of individuals or the Council alone.

The group will support and foster community-led action by encouraging positive networks of people from all parts of the borough, and all walks of life, whose combined resources, skills and expertise can successfully develop and implement projects which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

How will it work?

The Climate Action Group will be formed of four thematic sub-groups aligned with the priority areas set out in Merton's Climate Strategy and Action Plan:

A separate work stream will support the work of the thematic sub-groups by considering cross-cutting issues like public engagement and funding.

We are seeking a volunteer to co-chair the Climate Action Group, alongside the Cabinet lead for Climate Change (Cllr Martin Whelton). The Community Co-chair will be responsible for coordinating any cross-cutting issues including engagement and funding. We are also seeking volunteer Community Leads for each sub-group to coordinate the thematic work streams and chair any relevant meetings.

The plan is to launch the group in January 2021, alongside our Climate Communications Campaign. Following an initial inception meeting in January, the Climate Action Group will meet on a monthly basis, focussing on a different theme each month, with a general progress meeting every 6 months.

How can you get involved?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer community leads to drive community-led action to reduce carbon emissions in Merton. If you are interested in being a Community Lead for any of the thematic sub-groups or Community Co-chair for the group as a whole, please complete this Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, and send them to future.merton@merton.gov.uk by 5pm on 14 December 2020.

Please see the Draft Terms of Reference for more details.

If you're not quite ready to be a community lead but still want to get involved, come along to our first meeting in January 2021 and find out how you can play your part. If you already have a project in mind, this group could help you connect with a network of people from a range of backgrounds to help your project develop.

The monthly meetings will be open for anyone to attend and we encourage residents, businesses and organisations to take part however they can. The more people get involved, the more climate action we can foster, the more people we can reach and the more carbon we can save!

If you are interested in actively contributing to any of the work streams, you can contact us at future.merton@merton.gov.uk and we can put you in touch with the relevant Community Lead(s) (once they've been appointed) who will coordinate any sub-group meetings or activities.