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Climate change: what you can do

We cannot achieve our climate ambition alone. Only about 2% of the borough's emissions are in our direct control. For the rest, we are reliant on the choices and actions of individuals, organisations and businesses. Among other things, we need people to buy and sell sustainable goods and services, to create less waste, to switch to low carbon energy, and to stop using petrol and diesel vehicles by moving towards sustainable modes of transport.

The following sections set out some of the key steps you can take to help Merton become a net-zero carbon borough.

Step 1 - Get informed

There is a wealth of information available about what changes you can make to help combat climate change. As a starting point, you can visit the following pages to find out more about what the action plan says, and what you can do to help:

You can find out more about your carbon footprint and what you can do to reduce your emissions by checking out sites like the WWF's calculator. The Carbon Trust has also developed a carbon footprint calculator for small and medium-sized businesses. 

Follow our Climate Emergency web page for the latest news and sign up here if you would like to receive our climate change updates.

Step 2 - Take up the challenge

Can you make changes in your home, your work, your travel, your purchases or your connection with others that will help? Small actions make a big difference when everyone is involved.

Find out what upcoming events you can get involved in by visiting our Events Calendar. And if you're organising any relevant events in Merton, you can let us know by filling in this form.

Step 3 - Join with community action

Many local groups are working to make changes for the better in Merton and reduce carbon emissions.

  1. Join Merton's Climate Action Group.
  2. Join a local community group - check out what Sustainable Merton are up to and become one of their Community Champions. You can also find out more about voluntary services in Merton.
  3. For advice and support, contact us at Future.Merton@merton.gov.uk

Step 4 - Help spread the word

In order to become a net-zero carbon borough, everyone working or living in Merton is going to need to play their part. You can help spread the word and get your friends, family and co-workers thinking about how they can reduce their carbon footprint.

Get in touch if you want to contribute to and help share our climate communications in 2021.

Step 5 - Lobby for change

Your voice with others can make change happen faster. Join with us to seek more funding and policy changes at a national level that will help Merton to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.