About the author


My name is Amandine Alexandre. I am a freelance journalist, climate change activist and mother of one. 

When I arrived in London in the summer of 2008, I was concerned about climate change. But I wasn't doing a hell of a lot to reduce my carbon footprint. I felt powerless and reading about the planet warming up made me anxious.

Since then, I got involved in a number of local projects. In 2010 I joined my local Transition group, Transition Kensal to Kilburn. In 2013 I co-founded a local organic veg box scheme, Field to Fork Organics. I was involved in the running of the coop until the autumn of 2015. At the end of 2015 I launched Zero Waste London to share my journey towards zero waste in the hope of inspiring other people to follow suit. 

Photo by Emiliano Verrocchio (2014)

It's been more than three years since I've started this blog. It's now spring 2019 and I'm more concerned that I've ever been about climate change. The temperatures here in the UK are more than double what they should be at this time of the year. There are wildfires in West Yorskshire, in Scotland and in East Sussex. The situation is terrifying. And yet, some many people seem to be completely oblivious of the catastrophic scale of the change the planet is experiencing.

I wish that climate change were a nightmare that we will wake up from at some point in the future. It's not. Climate change will make the Earth uninhabitable in the near future if we just carry on living the way we do in western countries.

We need to enter a climate emergency mode, as advocated by psychotherapist and Climate Mobilization founder Margaret Klein Salomon (@ClimatePsych on Twitter).

I'm only just coming to terms with the implications of entering this emergency mode. I'm trying to work out what it means for my job, my day-to-day life and my family life. I already know one thing: talking about the sheer magnitude of climate change and trying to get people around me to adopt this emergency mode already feels better than keeping quiet about the planet warming up at an incredible rate. 

I've just created a WhatsApp group called NW London free items to reduce consumerism in my part of London. If you live in the area and you're interested in joining the group, please send me an email with your phone number (amandine.london@gmail.com). 

So, in brief, reducing plastic is necessary but it's not sufficient at all.

I pledge here to do everything in my power to grow the tide of climate change activists, starting at home here in North West London. 

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