Sustainable Merton is the leading environmental charity in South West London. Our vision is to empower and support local people to take local action on climate change. We call them Community Champions and we help them get involved in activity such as community gardening and food growing, litter picking to beat plastic pollution, collecting surplus food to help people living in food poverty and networking with others that are concerned about the climate crisis.
Our project pilots a new approach. We will be using a method called social prescribing - which is where GPs talk to their patients about their health and physical and mental wellbeing and encourage them to look beyond the conventional route of medication. The individuals will then be introduced to our projects, supported in their roles and encouraged to make new contacts and do new activity.
Our project is rooted in the local community. It links people who are already taking action on climate change in their neighbourhoods with those where getting involved in local activity to improve the environment should help them improve their own health and wellbeing.
So what difference will this project make? There have been a number of social prescribing pilots, mostly for physical activity like yoga classes and walking groups, and the results are really positive. That's why we want you to support this project - let's take the biggest issue of our time - climate change - and link that to another big topic - health and wellbeing. Our project will help people take action on the climate crisis by taking a positive pathway to improving their own health and wellbeing.