We had the opportunity to sit down with Greener & Cleaner Founder, Parisa Wright, a woman who gave up a legal career and salary to fight climate change full-time. Come with us as we find out more about her and the amazing things Greener & Cleaner offer!
Words by Ellie McKenna.
Greener and Cleaner works to normalise a greener, more sustainable way of life for residents of South East London. Together, they aim to make a measurable difference to our environment.
How did it all begin?
What does your average day look like?
What is your favourite thing surrounding Greener & Cleaner?
Hearing how much people enjoy and appreciate the real life advice and skills workshops we provide at the Hub, helping them do what they can to protect their families while improving their finances and wellbeing. Some people have come to the Hub a handful of times and are already making amazing changes across their day to day lives, saving them money and helping improve their quality of life now and in the future.
What services & opportunities do you provide that people may not be aware of?
– Wonderful advice from local people on ‘where to start’ and ‘what to do’ next around getting greener at home.
– Wonderful workshops from local people sharing the skills needed to waste less and be greener in our lives – from learning to sew, to composting, to growing, to reducing energy bills, to reducing food waste by pickling and more..
– Wonderful opportunities for local people to socialise, get training, boost their CVs, help their community and address eco overwhelm by volunteering with us in the Hub or behind the scenes at our charity. – The fabulous Library of Things wall of lockers at our Hub – where you can borrow DIY, gardening, cleaning and leisure equipment – from jet washers and carpet cleaners to film projectors and gazebos, and much more!
Finally, what are two things we can all do that will make the world more sustainable?
Action is the best cure to worry, so these are my top 2 things:
Just Get Started – Starting our journeys to more sustainable living and using our voices. It doesn’t matter what people have done or said in the past, all that matters is that they want to protect their families and communities now. Don’t be held back by guilt, be driven by hope – it’s the only way. The hub is open 5 days a week (Thursday to Monday) and can support you with that, for free!
Your Voice Counts – Don’t worry if it seems like your employer, or PTA, or residents association, or political representative, or retailer doesn’t seem to care about native wildlife, cleaner energy, air pollution, safer roads to walk or cycle on, insulation, better public transport, reducing food waste, or encouraging repair etc – whatever their stance, they do care what YOU think as a member, voter, employee, customer, parent etc. It makes a huge difference when you use your voice, your spheres of influence, to ask for better practices and infrastructure, it really does.