About the author


Thank you for visiting Zero Waste London News. 

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 almost 5 years since I've started this blog. It's now September 2020 and I'm more concerned that I've ever been about climate change. The situation is terrifying. 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. 

In February 2019 I created a WhatsApp group called NW London free items to reduce consumerism in my part of London. It's very popular and I went on to create a group only dedicated to selling, buying and donating baby and toddler items in Harlesden and Kensal Green. If you live in the area and you're interested in joining one of the groups, please send me an email with your phone number (amandine.london@gmail.com). 

Reducing waste in general - food waste but also textile waste and energy waste, all the natural resources waste - is absolutely necessary as part of the climate change fight.  

Welcome on board the waste reduction revolution.✊